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Giants Announce Signing Of A proCane To A Futures Contract

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – The Giants today announced the addition of five players to their roster, including four with NFL regular-season experience – tight end Daniel Fells, wide receiver Preston Parker, linebacker Spencer Adkins, offensive lineman Troy Kropog and kicker/punter Brandon McManus. Only McManus has not previously played in the NFL.

Adkins, 5-11 and 222 pounds, was a sixth-round draft choice by the Atlanta Falcons in 2009, the 176th overall selection. From 2009-11, he played in 24 regular-season games with one start and was credited with five tackles (three solo) on defense and 10 on special teams. He played in the 2011 NFC Wild Card Game vs. the Giants and had four tackles (three solo).

Adkins was waived by the Falcons on Aug. 21, 2012. He was signed by the Baltimore Ravens on Jan. 3, 2013 and waived on Aug. 26, 2013.


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Spencer Adkins was ready when Ravens came calling

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Spencer Adkins always knew he was going to get another shot at his NFL dream.

After the Atlanta Falcons cut the linebacker in August after three years with the team, Adkins had to bide his time. The former Naples High star stayed in Atlanta, followed his normal workout regimen while his agent explored other NFL offers.

His patience paid off, and now Adkins could soon be playing for a Super Bowl champion.

Adkins signed a reserve-futures contract with the Baltimore Ravens in early January. Though he can't join the team until its offseason program begins, Adkins could be joining the defending champs if the Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday in Super Bowl XLVII.

"I was in the NFL; I know what it takes to play in the NFL," the 25-year-old said. "I know I belong there. I was just waiting for my next opportunity. I never questioned my ability to play the game."

Adkins said he's worked hard to stay in peak physical condition the past four months. He said he worked out for seven NFL teams, which he declined to name. Adkins was set to work out for another when the Ravens called and said they wanted to sign him.

Naples coach Bill Kramer had no doubt Adkins would get a second chance in the NFL, and he knew his former player would be ready.
"He never stops training," Kramer said. "He's been working toward another team since Day 1."

When Adkins went to Baltimore to meet with Ravens coaches and officials, the 2005 grad who played at the University of Miami was reunited with several former Hurricanes teammates. Running back Damien Berry and receiver Tommy Streeter also played at Miami. And defensive lineman Terrence Cody is a graduate of Riverdale High School in Fort Myers.

Adkins said he knows Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who is 12 years older, from several events at Miami. Adkins is disappointed he won't get to play alongside Lewis, who is retiring after the Super Bowl, but he wishes the future Hall of Famer well.

"He played the game at a high level for a long time," Adkins said. "I guess he wants to go out on top."

Adkins said he was surprised when he was released by the Falcons on Aug. 30. After being drafted in the sixth round in 2009, the 5-foot-11, 242-pounder played in 24 games for Atlanta.

The only start of Adkins' career came in last season's playoff loss to the Giants thanks to injuries. The Falcons were again thin at linebacker in training camp because of injuries, which is why Adkins was blindsided by being cut.

"A lot of people were surprised," Kramer said. "(The NFL) is a funny business. Spencer can only control what he can control. He just controlled his effort and preparation."

Adkins was particularly disappointed because he knew the Falcons were primed for a big season. Atlanta went 13-3 in the regular season, and was the No. 1 seed in the NFC playoffs. The Falcons lost 28-24 to the 49ers in the conference championship.

"With that offense and their new defense, I knew they would be something special," Adkins said.

Because of his college connections in Baltimore, Adkins was pulling for the Ravens already. Now that he has a chance to join the potential Super Bowl champs, he'll be cheering even louder come Sunday.

Adkins stopped short of making a prediction on the game, but he said it should be a close contest.

"I'm expecting it to be a battle," Adkins said. "The Harbaugh brothers, they're both great coaches. The teams are kind of built alike — real physical defenses with explosive offenses. They're matched up well, so it should be a good competition."


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Ravens Sign Spencer Adkins

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Naples High School graduate and former University of Miami Hurricanes linebacker Spencer Adkins has been signed to a reserve-futures contract by the Baltimore Ravens, according to the Baltimore Sun.

Adkins was waived by the Atlanta Falcons on Aug. 31. Players on reserve-futures contracts can work out with teams beginning in the offseason.

Adkins was a sixth-round draft pick in 2009 by the Falcons, and had 15 tackles in 24 games, most of those on special teams. He started Atlanta's playoff loss to the Giants last year due to an injury. He played in all four preseason games, registering four tackles, including two in the preseason finale against Jacksonville.
At Miami, Adkins dealt with injuries and had 72 tackles including 10 for loss. five sacks and one interception in 31 games.

In his senior year of high school in 2004, Adkins made 11 sacks -- four in one game -- and 19 tackles for a loss. As a junior, he had 80 tackles and 12 sacks. Adkins, who didn't play organized football until high school, was rated as the No. 7 outside linebacker in the nation and No. 87 in the nation, regardless of position, by Rivals.com. Adkins picked Miami over Florida, Florida State, and Georgia.


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Colts Try out Spencer Adkins

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The Indianapolis Colts brought in free-agent LB Spencer Adkins (Falcons) for a workout Tuesday, Oct. 16.




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Spencer Adkins Gets Workout

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The Chicago Bears brought in five linebackers for workouts on Tuesday, fueling suspicion that the team is unsatisfied with its depth at that position. The five linebackers were Spencer Adkins, Rennie Curran, Jerry Franklin, Omar Gaither and Lawrence Wilson, most of whom were cut by their respective teams prior to this season. The team also worked out DBs Dante Hughes and Bryan McCann.

Though the Bears working out these players may seem like a signal that a move is imminent, Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune says that it's in fact a pretty routine procedure.

First of all, a lot of teams do this and many more so than the Bears. They will bring players in - sometimes as many as two dozen - and get a look at them in a workout. The Patriots are notorious for bringing in large numbers of players for tryouts. It helps them update personnel information on players they have only seen in college or players they have only seen on tape with other teams.

It is, as Biggs elaborates, more about due diligence and being prepared for the future than anything.

The tryouts help the personnel department sharpen up emergency lists and allow it to evaluate young players that could be candidates for the practice squad.
Chicago expects to have one of the better defenses in the NFL, but injuries can strike teams at a moment's notice.


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Spencer Adkins Was Last Falcons Cut

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With the team deciding to keep only five linebackers, the final spot came down to Robert James and Spencer Adkins. James won, in large part because he showed what general manager Thomas Dimitroff likes to call "urgent athleticism." Translation: James is a better athlete than Adkins and the Falcons think he can make some plays as a backup and on special teams.


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Spencer Adkins Has Major Upside

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Spencer Adkins’ of the Atlanta Falcons stats won’t overwhelm you, but he did show some flashes in the very few appearances he made with injuries to Nicholas and Mike Peterson late in the season and in the playoffs. He may have not stood out as a playmaker, but he didn’t do outright terrible either. He’s always been reported to have major talent and upside, but that he was a major project.

As a 6th round draft pick back in 2009, he’s made the outright active roster every year since and has been excellent on special teams. With the Falcons usually keeping 6 linebackers, it’s hard to believe Adkins won’t make the roster after starting in the playoffs, only being 24, and showing some of that long talked about upside.

Robert James is a story of “had potential, but never realized” if there ever was. It’s a wonder he’s still on the team in some form or fashion, but he is. James was drafted in the same class as Matt Ryan and Harry Douglas, but has not seen the field in live game action since. He has bounced around between the practice squad and off for several years now.

He went through injury issues and then he was suspended for violating the league’s drug policy and (to known knowledge) has never officially made the active roster. The fact is that James hasn’t even made the 53-man roster in 4 years of possibilities. It’s hard to imagine 2012 finally being James breakthrough when he’s 28 years old with tons of younger talent abound.


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Spencer Adkins Practicing With First Team

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Right now, incumbent starting strong side linebacker for the Atlanta Falcons, Stephen Nicholas has not participated in OTAs or mini-camp because of an ankle injury he suffered at the end of last season. Smith said he expects Nicholas to be ready for camp. Spencer Adkins has practiced with the first team in Nicholas' spot.


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Spencer Adkins Working On Strongside

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Atlanta Falcons linebacker Spencer Adkins is working as the strongside starter while Stephen Nicholas recovers from a toe injury that will keep him out of next week's mini-camp.

Weatherspoon starts at the weakside, a job he's held since his rookie year, but his responsibilities are greater now.

"It's important for our team and for the dynamics of our defense for leadership to come from that position," Smith said. "Sean is going to do a very good job with it this year."


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Eyes on Spencer Adkins at OTAs

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The Falcons’ Spencer Adkins and Robert James have been around for a while now. They must be able to take the field in a pinch. Adkins is listed on the depth chart as his backup. Adkins played in Nicholas' spot in the Falcons' 24-2 loss to the New York Giants in January in their wild-card playoff game. A sixth-round pick out of Miami in 2009, Adkins has one career start under his belt – in the 2011 season finale against Tampa Bay with Nicholas out.


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Falcons Should Keep Spencer Adkins

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Middle linebacker Curtis Lofton is a potential free agent, although I expect the Falcons to make a strong attempt to keep him. The Falcons are in pretty good shape on the outside with Sean Weatherspoon and Stephen Nicholas as returning starters. Spencer Adkins and Akeem Dent provide some depth, but the Falcons aren't likely to bring back veteran Mike Peterson.

He dealt with injuries last season and will be an unrestricted free agent. Peterson was valuable because he was experienced and versatile. But Crowder has those same traits and is younger.


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