Name: Adam Gettis
Draft Status: Round 5, Pick 141 (2012 NFL Draft)
Weight: 292 lbs
After being active for 13 games last season as a primary back-up Guard, Gettis will compete in what's all-of-a-sudden a very crowded interior offensive line group for a chance to make the roster this year. Others competing for 3-4 G spots are: Chris Chester, Maurice Hurt, Shawn Lauvao, Josh LeRibeus, Spencer Long, Tevita Stevens, Mike McGlynn, and though he's slated to play more C, possibly Kory Lichtensteiger. At this early point in June, it's looking like Lauvao and Chester are the most likely starters, but 1-2 back-up spots will be available in what should be a very competitive position battle in TC and the preseason.
At 292 lb, Gettis is an undersized G that Mike Shanahan drafted. Shanahan's offensive strategy often called for lighter offensive linemen, but based on recent history it would appear that Jay Gruden prefers slightly larger/heavier linemen. Being aware of this, Gettis has stated his desire to gain some weight this offseason and hopefully report to camp in the 300-305 lb range. Many believe Gettis has already surpassed fellow 2012 draftee LeRibeus (3rd round) in his readiness to take the field, due in part to LeRibeus having some conditioning/weight issues coming into last season. As a rookie, Gettis started a couple preseason games in place of the injured Chris Chester and has had two good offseasons in a row. He actually made his regular season debut in week three of this past season against Detroit. Could this be the year he realizes his potential?
By all accounts, if he makes the team this year he should be a solid back-up G. It's unlikely that he's progressed enough to become a starter this year, but he could contribute in case of injury. Based on what we know about Jay Gruden, it'll be important for him to put on some weight and, assuming he does, it'll be interesting to see how his game is affected.
Roster Prediction: On the Bubble
Gettis is squarely on the bubble coming into this offseason. Personally, I think he'll make the team as a reserve. The only thing that could really hold him back coming into camp would be staying below 300 lb. It also hurts that he'll have to compete with a few guys brought in by this regime (Lauvao, Long, and McGlynn). Coaches are known for preferring "their guys" and it's somewhat telling that they felt the need to bring in a few new guys. Gettis likely won't make an impact in an actual game this season barring injury. He clearly has talent, but is known for excelling in a ZBS much like the one Shanahan utilized. I believe he has what it takes to succeed in any blocking system, but a lot hinges on his ability to beef up. Whoever comes out of this G competition will have earned it.
310 isn't a bad weight...— Adam Gettis (@NotOnDuty__) March 4, 2014
Adam is from Frankfurt, IL. In high school he ran track before playing football. In 2005, Adam and his high school team won the state title. His cousin was just cut by the Redskins (David Gettis). On a lighter note, Adam seems to be a spiritual man who enjoys some MTV:
Sometimes the Word of God is all you need— Adam Gettis (@NotOnDuty__) May 21, 2014
Here's a pre-draft interview with Adam from two years ago: