During the 2012 campaign, it wasn’t hard to see snaps as part of the Oakland Raiders’ defensive backfield. With numerous injuries and a lack of starting-caliber talent, it was only a matter of time before Phillip Adams found his way onto the field.
With Oakland sporting a rebuilt cornerback corps, Adams has another opportunity in 2013 to become a contributor for the Raiders.
Throughout his three-year NFL career, Adams has been an underrated talent who has shined in the short amount of snaps made available to him. While sliding in as the Raiders’ starting cornerback late last season, Adams cashed in on his limited playing time, amassing 15 tackles, five passes defended and two interceptions, including one against future Hall of Famer Peyton Manning.
This year could be more of a struggle for Adams, who must work his way up a depth chart that includes first-rounder D.J. Hayden, free agent acquisitions Mike Jenkins and Tracy Porter, recently re-signed Joselio Hanson, and a slew of unproven cornerbacks. It’s going to be an uphill battle, but after seeing how he handled the adversity last season, it’s definitely an attainable goal for Adams.
After re-signing with the Raiders to a one-year deal, Adams has the perfect chance to get on the rest of the NFL’s radar this season as part of Oakland’s new-look secondary. As long as he can avoid the injury bug that feasts on Raiders defenders, the 24-year-old cornerback should be ready to break out this upcoming season.
If Adams can make the same type of impact this season with a larger amount of snaps, there’s no telling just how valuable the fourth-year cornerback can become for the Raiders.