Adams speaks about the Bucs

Clemson defensive end Gaines Adams addresses the media after his selection by the Bucs.

By Special to the Times
Published April 28, 2007

On how he will fit in with the Buccaneers defense:

"I feel like I'll fit in great. Being with Simeon Rice and those other guys who are there, they've got a tremendous record with that defense and I'm just ready to get started with them.''

On the rumors he might be traded:

“That was something I didn’t have control of. I’m a Buc right now. I’m enjoying this day. I’m just ready to get down there and get this started.”

On what he brings to this team:

“I bring a hard worker. I’m willing to learn. I’m a dedicated guy that loves football.”

On if he believes he’s the best pass rusher in the draft:

“I feel that way. That was one of my goals coming into this draft and I feel like my college career shows that, and now, I’m just trying to take it to the next level.”

On if he had a sense that he would be a Buccaneer:

“Yes. I talked with Coach Gruden and Coach Kiffin and they showed a lot of interest in me. We had a good time together. We talked football a lot and I told them that I would fit in great with them.”

On if he was confident he would be a Buccaneer:

“No, not at all. I came into the draft with an open mind, knowing I had no control over where I would end up. I just knew that at one certain pick, I was going to be at one team, and I’m glad it was Tampa.”

On what the Buccaneers expect him to do:

“We haven’t talked about that yet. I’m going to go in and work hard, and hopefully, one day, I’ll be starting.”

On his impressions of DE Simeon Rice:

“He’s a tremendous pass rusher. They said the same things about him, and look at him. He’s a great player, run stopper or pass rusher. That’s a key example; they said the same things about him.”

On his phone call from the Buccaneers:

“Coach Gruden called me and said that they were going to send my name in and briefly told me about Tampa. He put me on the phone with Coach Kiffin and everybody just to say ‘Congratulations.’

On what Coach Kiffin said to him:

“He just told me congratulations and that he is ready for the season.”