Michael Adams Stands TallAugust 25th, 2013
Listed at 5-8 officially, Bucs cornerback Michael Adams may be 5-6. Maybe. Joe would bet he’s shorter that that.
Frankly, Adams surviving in the NFL for seven seasons at that size is one of the great untold stories in the league.
As Bucs quarterbacks coach John McNulty, the longtime Arizona Cardinals assistant, told Joe in the spring, Cardinals coaches annually felt they could find an upgrade to Adams — and every year they were wrong. Adams would win his job as the third or fourth cornerback and a top special teams player.
McNulty speculated Adams’ size left him a victim of discrimination. It was just too easy to believe Adams’ height was unworthy of the NFL.
In Tampa, it seems Adams has won over coaches again and is the Bucs’ new nickel cornerback. Greg Schiano praised Adams play at the position during his Sunday news conference. Earlier this preseason, without being asked, Schiano praised Adams’ tackling.
And then there was that stout forced turnover on punt coverage last night, when Adams drove the guy blocking him into the Dolphins’ punt returner that had called for a fair catch. The ball pelted the overwhelmed Miami players and the Bucs recovered leading to the opening touchdown for Tampa Bay.
A couple of weeks ago, Joe also had a long chat with Adams about Schiano and his focus on special teams and blocking kicks and punts. Schiano has been coaching up Adams in that area, and Adams likened Schiano to one of his college coaches, who helped lead Adams to blocking five punts/kicks in college.
Get used to seeing a lot of Adams. The guy is no superstar, but the Bucs were desperate for solid veteran help at cornerback in the wake of the Eric Wright debacle, and it seems they found it.