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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
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.’’

Bucs Preview 2019

A look ahead at Bruce Arians’ first year in Tampa Bay and a critical season for Jameis Winston and the Buccaneers.


  1. Jameis Winston, left, has led the Bucs to three straight victories entering Tampa Bay's 1 p.m. game at Detroit. But head coach Bruce Arians is looking for more efficient performances from the fifth-year quarterback. [MARK LOMOGLIO  |  AP]
    Encina’s early read: Arians wants to see a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 3-1 from Winston, a rate of productive football Tampa Bay’s quarterback sustained once. It was the most successful stretch...
  2. Let's just own the pirate thing. [RON BORRESEN  |  Times]
    A ruffled collar? A sash? A bandana? Introducing the football uniform you didn’t realize you needed.
  3. Peyton Manning threw 26 touchdown passes and 23 interceptions in 2001, his age-25 season. Jameis Winston has thrown 26 touchdown passes and 23 interceptions through 13 games this season, which is his age-25 season. What does it mean? Probably nothing. [KEVIN RIVOLI  |  Associated Press]
    Reality check: Manning’s 2001 was superior to Winston’s 2019, mainly because it’s easier to play quarterback in today’s NFL.
  4. Last season, Jameis Winston threw the ball away five times. This season, he has thrown it away 23 times. “One of the hardest things to do is to throw the ball away — trust me,” Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich said. [DIRK SHADD  |  Times]
    The quarterback’s league-leading interception rate is overshadowing a potential step forward in his development.
  5. Winston is putting up statistics nearly identical to what Manning posted the season he turned 25. But a comparison requires more than numbers.
  6. Rookie linebacker Devin White is starting to have the kind of impact in Tampa Bay as he had at LSU. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    Rick Stroud | Licht has virtually nothing left from his 2016 draft. But oh, those last two!
  7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston smiles while on stage before meeting with the media during the Famous Jameis Jamboree at Raymond James stadium on Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019 in Tampa. The event, which recommended a new toy or non-perishable food item as the cost of admission, included games, beverages and a visit from Santa Claus. [DIRK SHADD  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    Winston tested his injured right thumb by throwing a football for the first time this week on Friday.
  8. Bucs career receptions leader Mike Evans (left) won't be available to help quarterback Jameis Winston and Tampa Bay for Sunday's 1 p.m. game at Detroit. [MONICA HERNDON  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    The Bucs are without Mike Evans for the first time since 2017, but Ndamukong Suh is back in Motown.
  9. Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive linebacker Ndamukong Suh (93) on the bench during the second quarter of the preseason game against the Miami Dolphins on August 16, 2019 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. MONICA HERNDON   |   Times [MONICA HERNDON   |   TIMES  |  Tampa Bay Times]
    He’s not the same player who dominated in Detroit, but Suh did plenty of damage the last time he faced the Lions.
  10. With Oklahoma State in 2018, Taylor Cornelius threw for 3,978 passing yards (fifth most in program history) and 32 touchdowns (fourth most). The Tampa Bay Vipers drafted him in October. [SUE OGROCKI  |  Associated Press]
    The Tampa Bay Vipers signal-caller talks camp competition, Marc Trestman’s coaching style and Mike Gundy’s hair.