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Cam Newton’s ‘tormentor’ returns just in time for Bucs

Former Giants safety Andrew Adams led Tampa Bay with four interceptions, three against Carolina’s Newton
BRONTE WITTPENN | Times
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Andrew Adams (26) runs the ball down the field in the fourth quarter in the final game of the season at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, December 30, 2018.  [BRONTE WITTPENN | TIMES]
BRONTE WITTPENN | Times Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Andrew Adams (26) runs the ball down the field in the fourth quarter in the final game of the season at Raymond James Stadium on Sunday, December 30, 2018. [BRONTE WITTPENN | TIMES]
Published Sep. 10
Updated Sep. 10

TAMPA — Cam Newton may not be excited to see the Bucs latest transaction.

Tampa Bay signed safety Andrew Adams, who led the Bucs in interceptions last season with four, including three in a Week 15 win against Newton and the Carolina Panthers. The Bucs play at Carolina Thursday night.

Adams, 26, spent training camp with the Detroit Lions but was released on the final roster cut down. He replaces safety Justin Evans, who was placed on injured reserve with an Achilles injury. Evans is eligible to return in eight weeks.

The 6-foot, 202-pound Adams entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent with the Giants out of UConn. He has 118 career tackles and five INTs.

Until the final roster cut down, Adams spent the off-season trying to earn a spot on the Detroit Lions. He got a break when the Bucs put safety Josh Evans on injuried reserve with an Achilles problem.

“When I walked in the building, it felt like home,’’ Adams said.

Adams said he liked the versatility of defensive coordinator Todd Bowles’ scheme.

“It was huge. It was a blessing,’’ Adams said. “I think I sat here last year and I studied a lot of film.

“It meant a lot to get the three turnovers. But more important…it felt like home.’’

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