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'Old School' Mike Adams makes big plays cool for Panthers
Safety's 2 interceptions key in win vs. Giants
 
Published Sunday, October 7, 2018 6:23 pm
by Ashley Mahoney | The Charlotte Post

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Mike Adams makes old school relevant.

Two picks for 18 yards from the Carolina Panthers’ (3-1) free safety proved crucial in their 33-31 win against the New York Giants (1-4), which kicker Graham Gano clinched in the final seconds with a franchise-record 63-yard field goal.

“I asked [coach Ron Rivera] ‘what’s the aiming point he has to be at,’ and he said, ‘oh he’s there already,’” Adams said. “I said, ‘OK. I thought we needed 10 more yards, but I guess we’re good.’ When I saw the kick go up, I was just praying. I was just praying. I didn’t see the kick until the end, and when I looked up at the last minute, it went in and I just started choking up.”

Adams sits second to rookie cornerback Donte Jackson, who has the team-high three interceptions, followed by defensive end Efe Obada and linebacker Luke Kuechly, who have one each. Adams also sits second among Panthers for most NFL games played behind defensive end Julius Peppers (254), with 210.

“[Adams is] just a veteran guy,” coach Ron Rivera said. “A guy who can be a calming, steadying force out there, which he was. When you have a veteran out there, he can come up with some things that will happen. I thought he did a great job, just quarterbacking the guys back there.”

Despite an undefeated record at home, and the addition of former All-Pro strong safety Eric Reid, who started against the Giants, Adams sees work to be done. Quarterback Cam Newton describes his approach as “old school.” If you ask Adams, it’s “blue collar.”

“We’re not solidified yet,” Adams said. “I think they had us 29th in the league coming in. We just keep our heads up. We are blue collar back there. We are a bunch of, I won’t say nobodies, but when you mention our secondary, we are not going to be in the top tier. They are not going to mention us in the top tier, and that's fine because we are going to bring our hard hat every week, and play hard.”

Said cornerback James Bradberry: “We just have to be of one accord. Defense, offense and special teams have to play a solid game together, and match each other. Sometimes we play good on defense, but we don’t play too good on offense. Sometimes we play good on defense, but we don’t play too good on offense. We just have to match that up overall.”

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