Buccaneers second-year defensive end Gaines Adams spoke to Pewter Report about his plan for the offseason on Thursday after the team's third and final organized team activity of the week.
Adams is hard at work looking to improve on his rookie season. In the conversation he offered some interesting scouting reports on the players he said will make him better. The 24-year-old Adams also discussed his playing weight. Where he's at now, and where he wants to be for training camp.
"No I'm the same, just trying to trim down on a little body fat. I'm just trying to get myself in better shape, cause this sun is a beast, and I want to be at top shape," said Adams of his weight.
Redistributing weight from fat to muscle while staying at his playing weight is Adams' goal.
"I'd say my weight from last year was around 260. Right now I'd say I'm around 255," said the fourth overall selection from last year's draft.
Adams indicated he would like to add five more pounds of muscle over the next three months prior to training camp.
"I want to be around 260 going into camp, and wherever I come out from camp that's where I'd like to be," said Adams.
Aside from changing the composition of his body weight, Adams is looking to improve from last season. During his rookie year Adams notched 55 tackles, six sacks, and two forced fumbles. In the playoff loss to the Giants, Adams had an excellent game with five tackles and a sack.
Over the second half of the season Adams came on strong, playing the run and pass well. That overall play is what Adams is focused on improving for his sophomore season.
"Really just working on my overall game, learning the system and working on getting stronger. And getting my hands down and doing little things like that," said Adams.
Lofty goals are set by Adams for the 2008 season, including leading the league in sacks. Last year a second-year player, Houston's Mario Williams, came close to achieving that feat with 14 sacks, tying him for third in the NFL. Adams explained how he plans on preparing to achieve that goal.
"Most definitely, playing defensive end that's my goal each year," said Adams. "To come out here and work hard and to get as many sacks as I can, and working with our offensive line they're going to help me do that."
Adams went on to give a scouting report on the three offensive tackles that will help him to improve. The trio of Luke Petitgout, Jeremy Trueblood, and Donald Penn will offer different challenges to help Adams excel.
"He's a great tackle. He's got quick feet, great hands, and he's strong. I think those are the three key things you need in a tackle," said Adams of Trueblood. "[Luke Petitgout] is a veteran. What else can I say about that? He's got a stance, and he's one of those guys I love to go against cause he's going to make me work and make me better. [Donald Penn] he's the same. He has quicker feet and is more agile, and he's strong. He knows the game. With all three of those guys I think they can only help me get better."
BUCHANON RETURNS TO PRACTICE, DISCUSSES CONTRACT On Thursday, Pewter Report spoke to Bucs cornerback Phillip Buchanon about his absence from the Bucs first organized team activity on Tuesday. Buchanon was at an NFL function at the Harvard Business School. Buchanon spoke about that obligation on Thursday.
"I was just taking care of some business," said Buchanon. "It was nothing major. It was something I committed to, so I had to go take care of that."
Currently Buchanon's contract with Tampa Bay runs out at the end of the 2008 season. There has been talk that the two sides could come together on a long-term deal this offseason, but no such deal is in place yet.
"Right now I'm just playing football and trying to get better," said Buchanon. "I'll let my agent and the Bucs handle that. I'm just playing football. Hopefully something good will get worked out."
Cornerback is a position the Buccaneers are rumored to be targeting in this month's draft. The 27-year-old Buchanon indicated he follows the draft process and has his own opinions about potential teammates.
"There are some guys that I do like in this draft, but that's for me to keep to myself," said Buchanon. "I'll let the Bucs decide who they want to draft, but I do like some of the [cornerbacks] in this draft."
WARREN BACK IN ACTION A dislocated ankle ended wide receiver Paris Warren's season last year. After a long rehab process through the fall, Warren is back working out completely with the team.
The 25-year-old wide receiver comes to a crowded position group that is most likely to add at least another body in the draft. With lots of options at receiver for the Bucs, Warren will have to compete to earn a roster spot during OTA's and training camp.
"I'm not worried about it," said Warren. "It's a lot a competition. That brings the best out of everybody. I don't even keep count. The only thing I can control is what I go out there and do."
BUCS TAKING A BREAK? Tampa Bay held its first three of 14 organized team activities at One Buccaneer Place this week. However, the Bucs might not conduct their next round of OTAs until May, which would allow the Bucs to involve the players that join the team via the 2008 NFL Draft on April 26-27.
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