Joe Adams had one catch for seven yards and 335 return yards in nine games for the Carolina Panthers his rookie season in 2012. Two crucial fumbles later, Adams was waived by the Panthers and he did not find his way back to football nearly two years later when the Houston Texans came calling.
“Second chances don’t really come to a lot of people, and God blessed me with a second chance” Adams said, “So I have to come out here businesslike and
take it one day at a time.”
It took no time for Adams to be put into the punt returner situation during his first official practice in Houston. He was the first called on by the
coaches to return punts today and he showed what has made him a dynamic returner during his days at Arkansas. His burst and ability to keep his speed were
on display today when he had the chance.
Adams looks at the time he was out of football as a time to reflect on himself and things he needed to correct after a disappointing rookie season. His
time away from the game he loved made him reevaluate his situation,
“It made me mature real quick.” Adams continued, “I actually needed that time of sitting out, so I could go back to look over things that I did, train how I used to train, and prepare how I used to prepare, so it was a good thing for me.”
The move to Houston is a good one and he joins one of his good friends and former Arkansas Razorback teammate in running back Dennis Johnson. Both Arkansas
natives, their friendship started when the two were in high school and now it gets to continue as teammates with the Texans.
“Man, the Dennis Johnson relationship goes all of the way back to high school.” said Adams, “We were two of the top players in the state and that was kind
of the reason I stayed at home to play at Arkansas because he stayed there too. He’s like a brother to me and that’s how we treat each other.”
Where the opportunity ends for Adams only time will tell, but the second chance is here for him to take advantage of. Adams knows what is expected this
time from him in the NFL and the Texans have given him what he worked hard for, a second chance.