Bucs Reel In Veteran Adams For CB DepthJune 19th, 2013
Joe’s celebrating the Bucs scoring a veteran cornerback this morning in Michael Adams, who spent the past six seasons with the Cardinals.
Yes, Joe’s being a bit sarcastic, but the thought of Myron Lewis or Anthony Gaitor scoring a roster spot makes Joe queasy. Joe wanted another veteran around in case Darrelle Revis isn’t ready and Eric Wright continues to be a letdown corner versus a shutdown corner.
Adams spent the past six seasons with the Cardinals and was a their nickel cornerback for a chunk of that time. He’s also considered a special teams stud, something that probably moves him up the depth chart quickly. Here’s a nugget from the Cardinals website in 2012.
He remains the No. 1 nickel cornerback, even with a ton of quality corners in camp, and his special teams work cannot be overlooked.
The special teams is the tangible part of Adams’ game noted by coach Ken Whisenhunt, who kept a rookie Adams on the practice squad in Whisenhunt’s first year as Arizona’s coach. But it isn’t the first.
“The thing that stands out is his fight,” Whisenhunt said. “He’s a very competitive guy, whether it is in practice or in the games. He has made a significant contribution for us special-teams wise. One of the things we say before camp every year is there will be players here because of their special teams. He’s a good gunner, he works hard on punt return.
“Every aspect you put him in, he plays big.”
Adams is listed at 5-8, but Joe’s seen stories in which he admits he’s shorter. Obviously, the guy’s got to have a lot of intangibles and toughness to survive six years in the NFL at that size.
Greg Schiano craves competition. He just got a little more.