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This offseason Brian Dawkins retired from the NFL. Despite only being here for three seasons, Dawkins was a huge part of the defense and a leader on and off the field. His replacement will also be wearing his jersey number this season.
Mike Adams is a character guy with locker room leadership qualities. He has led an impressive yet quiet career since going undrafted in 2004 and remaining in the NFL now for eight seasons.
Last year with the Cleveland Browns, Adams had 61 tackles and three interceptions a team ranked second in the league in passing-defense last season. Adams is a hard worker who will help the maturation process of second-year players Rahim Moore and Quinton Carter, who had inconsistent 2011 campaigns.
Adams’ locker room leadership is already apparent as he instructs Moore, Carter as well as undrafted rookie Duke Ihenacho:
“I just had a talk with the young guys in there,” Adams told reporters. “Rahim Moore had a great day today. I told him, ‘Don’t make it easier for me. Don’t make it easy for Quinton [Carter]. Don’t make it easier for anybody. Make it hard for the coaches to make a decision who’s going to start and who’s going to play when September comes.’”
Duke Ihenacho tweeted about his respect for Adams’ veteran leadership as together they help one another improve.
Adams is going to make a huge impact on and off the field this season for the Broncos.