Adams prepares to face Carr, Raiders again

September, 2, 2014
Sep 2
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- It was a play Phillip Adams would’ve liked to have back.

During a preseason game a week ago, Adams, then a member of the Seattle Seahawks, was beaten badly on Oakland Raiders wideout Denarius Moore’s 36-yard touchdown reception.

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AP Photo/Elaine ThompsonPhillip Adams, a former Seahawk, will get another shot against the Raiders on Sunday.
The 26-year-old cornerback hesitated slightly as rookie quarterback Derek Carr looked off the safety following a play-action fake, allowing Moore to get behind him along the right sideline for an easy catch and score.

“It was all on me,” said Adams, who signed with the Jets after being released by the Seahawks. “As a player, I pride myself on being disciplined, and I got caught up in the backfield a little bit too much. But that’s in the past, and I’m looking forward to what’s ahead of me right now.”

What’s ahead of Adams now is Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Oakland Raiders, the team he played for the previous two years of his career. If he does get some defensive snaps -- which might be tough given that he only has a week to learn the Jets’ scheme -- Adams would have an opportunity to exact some revenge on his former team.

“[Carr] came at me last week and I’m looking forward to the matchup,” said Adams, who plans to share his knowledge of the Raiders’ system with the rest of his teammates. “I know pretty much what they’re doing and our coaches have been doing a good job game-planning, so I’m looking forward to Sunday.”

The Jets decided to take a flyer on Adams by signing him to a one-year, $730,000 contract with no guaranteed money, according to’s Rich Cimini. Carr ranked 107th out of 110 cornerbacks, according to ProFootballFocus, but the Jets, with their secondary decimated by injury, figured they might as well take a shot.

Perhaps Adams can provide some depth in the slot. If not, it appears easy for them to cut the cord.

Adams was selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the seventh round of the 2010 NFL Draft. The Jets are his fifth team. He has three career interceptions -- two of them coming in 2012.

“I felt like it was a good opportunity for me,” he said. “I learned a lot in Seattle and I’m confident that I can carry that over [here]. ... I feel like a person can be overlooked a lot, but I’m looking forward to the challenge.”



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