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Adams: I'm the best



Adamshat The importance of rushing the quarterback is always made crystal clear around these parts. So, when the Bucs failed to do that consistently last season,it was clear one of their primary needs in this draft was a pass rusher.

To hear Gaines Adams tell it, Tampa Bay got the best rusher available.

"I feel that way," Adams said. "That was one of my goals coming into this draft and I feel like my college career shows that. Now I'm just trying to take it to the next level."

Still, Adams was humbled by being the first defensive player drafted.

"It's a tremendous honor," he said. "There's a lot of great defensive players that are out in this draft and it's just an honor to me to be one of the first ones chosen."

As for his supposed weaknesses -- playing the run and not playing hard on every play -- Adams isn't buying in.

"Oh, no," he said. "I see myself as a four-down guy. I can go in and play. I can stop the run and I can sack the quarterback."

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[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:45pm]


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