Adams ready if needed in secondary

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New cornerback Phillip Adams talks to reporters on Friday.FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Cornerback Phillip Adams, inked earlier this week by the Patriots to add depth in a dinged-up secondary, said he's preparing with the idea of being ready to contribute Sunday in Buffalo.

"I’m going to work hard and, whatever the coaches decide, then that’s what I’ll do," said Adams. "I’ll come in here, work hard, and get ready."

The 23-year-old Adams was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round (224th overall) of the 2010 draft. He appeared in 15 games, mostly in a special teams role, before breaking his left ankle on kickoff duties on Dec. 26. The 6-foot, 193-pound Adams, a product of South Carolina State, was released by the 49ers as part of final cutdowns earlier this month.

"My body feels good, I feel rejuvenated," said Adams. "I'll be prepared, I’ll be ready."

Adams appeared on only 76 defensive snaps as a reserve corner for San Francisco last season, according to snaps logged by Pro Football Focus. He registered four tackles and one pass defended. Adams also returned punts for the 49ers.

It's been a short week since arriving in New England and he's just trying to absorb it all.

"I've just been studying, learning as much as I can," said Adams. "You know how it is when you step on new ground, you want to learn and get all the knowledge that you possibly can."