Jerell Adams was drafted in the sixth round by the New York Giants today. He had an OK, not great, senior season at South Carolina, where he hauled in 28 catches for 421 yards and three touchdowns. He was around for the Gamecocks' last two 11-2 seasons in 2012 and 2013, where he had Dylan Thompson and Connor Shaw as quarterbacks - who are both in the NFL.
Today, during a media session shortly after he was drafted, Adams made a comment that raised some eyebrows.
Jerell Adams to NYG media: "Honestly, I didn’t have the progress yet that I wanted at South Carolina because of the quarterback situation."— David Caraviello (@dcaraviello) April 30, 2016
Granted, 2015 was a merry-go-round in the QB department with Connor Mitch, Perry Orth and Lorenzo Nunez all getting starts. But let's not forget that Thompson and Shaw combined for 11,000+ yards passing and almost 100 touchdowns.
Some Twitter fans wasn't too thrilled with Adams' statement, understandably.
Cuz when I think "Jerell Adams" I think "fumble at Tennessee". But sure, QBs and such.— Jørdy McKęvěr (@itsjordylive) April 30, 2016
Couldn't have had anything to do with four years of dropped passes and having way below average feel for the game. https://t.co/26SO0bJw9C— John Whittle (@johnmwhittle) April 30, 2016
Jerell Adams talking about his QB situation at USC is a bad look and overall a false statement. Guy played with Two QBs that are in the NFL.— Richard Avant (@Richard_803) April 30, 2016
Some were a little more forgiving, though.
For whatever reason, Carolina went away from tight ends in the passing game the last few seasons as well re: Jerell Adams— Brett Bozzelli (@brettbozzelli) April 30, 2016
I mean, Adams shouldn't have said that. But I think about all the dumb stuff I said when I was 23 and have a hard time getting mad.— Connor Tapp (@MeetMeAtTapps) April 30, 2016
Good points from both sides. But it's still an interesting statement nonetheless.