Bucs Reel In Veteran Adams For CB Depth

June 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.

22 Responses to “Bucs Reel In Veteran Adams For CB Depth”

  1. Couch Fan Says:

    Never heard of the guy before but welcome to Tampa! If you can take Myron’s spot (which wont be hard) have at it.

  2. TrueBlue Says:

    I’ll be surprised if he makes the final roster.

  3. Buc Fan #238 Says:

    Dom obviously still thinks Myron is > this guy.

  4. Biff Barker Says:

    Remind anyone of Amhad Black?
    Its a good thing he’s at nickel because the very thought of playing jump ball with Julio and Roddy makes me ill.
    Glad to have veteran competition in camp.

  5. Vic Says:

    @TrueBlue – Really? From that team that started Brandon McDonald at nickel last year?

  6. Buc Fan #238 Says:

    He was signed by the Cardinals as an undrafted free agent in 2007. He played college football at Louisiana-Lafayette.

    And is 5’8″ 180 and was released and unsigned.

    I am not liking his chances to even make the team.

    Bucs signed him to meet the 90 man requirement.

  7. Macabee Says:

    Buc Fan #238,

    Small point, but Adams not signed to meet 90 man requirement. They were at the 90 man limit when he was signed. They cut OG Jeremy Lewis to make room!

  8. Anthony Gironda Says:

    Don’t forget People, he forced the fumble that helped the Cardinals beat the Packers in OT of the 2009 NFC Wild Card Game.

    Don’t believe me? Here’s the play: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UOCAqdDQSsc&list=PL2CD7420D09D21F88&index=34

  9. Bobby Says:

    Anthony Gaitor is going to be a good CB. That’s my prediction. He reminds me of a Grimes clone. Small but gritty. He takes good angles and he’s fast. I thought he played very well as the season went on. If we cut him someone will pick him up.

  10. Stanglassman Says:

    Macabee. If he made that same play for the Bucs they would have called him for touching the QB’s facemask and gave Rogers a first down. I shouldn’t think like that but it seems like the refs are always out to get the Bucs.

  11. Macabee Says:

    Stan,

    I think you’re referring to AnthonyG, but if it was something good, I’m perfectly willing to take credit for it! lol

  12. Big Marlon B Says:

    @ Bobby

    i fully agree about Gaitor. he will never be a premier CB, but i think he can be a productive player. not many 7th round picks come in and light it up as a rookie, so you can pretty much count the 2011 season as a redshirt year. last year he was limited by a hamstring injury, and never really got into prime shape. i remember seeing highlights before he was drafted and his quickness, instincts, and fearlessness really stood out. he’s a smaller guy, but isn’t afraid to support in run defense or get physical with a receiver. i’m intrigued to see what he can do when healthy with a bit of experience to draw on. i hope he sticks around as nickel/special teams depth.

  13. HFXBUC Says:

    another Special Teams standout…just sayin’

  14. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Um..this is likely a favor to his agent. He won’t make the team’s final roster.

    The guy has only 3 intercetions in 6 years and special teams? As a punt returner (as mentioned) he has zero for TDs.

    Frankly…he’s no better than our current worst guy. And our worst guy probably won’t make the team either.

    I would think they’d be looking at higher priority positions at this point.

  15. st augustine Says:

    agree with bobby and big marlon

  16. tampabaybucfan Says:

    Myron is gone…unless he has bulked up & competes for TE….perhaps he had worked on his routes & will compete for the slot….oh!……no…….I don’t think so….he’s gone!!!
    On another note…with Wannstedt & many of these new acquisitions, I think our special teams will improve greatly. There hasn’t been much talk about that.

  17. Adam Says:

    I like the “attitude” of having more bodies at CB. I’d like to see them do that at DE or DT.

  18. clafollett Says:

    Looks like Dom and Coach are looking to scare up the competition for that final spot. Which leads me to believe they haven’t seen enough from Lewis or Gaitor yet. I’d like to think Leonard has at least locked up the spot but wouldnt be suprised if he is also on their cusp.

    Adams would have to be damn good at special teams for him to make the final cut as a special teams member. Coach wants multi role players.

  19. hamilton Says:

    i like a 6 year player going in the game,instead a rookie fa going in the game.like the bucs use to have as backup.

  20. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Musical roster spot time of year.

  21. stevek Says:

    Great pickup, even if only for competition.

    Could be used in Ronde’s old role?

    Myron Lewis, time to man up!

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