After registering first career tackle with Falcons, Naples grad Adkins 'ready for another one'

ATLANTA — Early in the fourth quarter of last Sunday’s Atlanta Falcons game against the New Orleans Saints at the Georgia Dome, Atlanta’s Spencer Adkins had a moment that, in his words, “will never be duplicated.”

Playing in only his second game of his professional career, Adkins, a rookie from Naples High and former Miami Hurricane, dropped New Orleans’ Courtney Roby on the 17-yard line after a kick return of only 15 yards, registering the newcomer’s first tackle in the NFL.

“It felt really good to make my first tackle,” said Adkins, the 2004 Broxson Award winner, awarded to the Naples area’s best all-around high school football player. “But I’m ready for another one.”

Adkins had been inactive for 11 of Atlanta’s first 12 games, only seeing very little action on the special teams unit at Dallas on Oct. 25. However, because injuries had recently hobbled the team, Adkins participated in three of four phases of special teams against the Saints.

The Falcons selected Adkins in the sixth round of the draft this spring, making him the only Hurricanes player chosen. While at Miami, Adkins was primarily a situational linebacker, starting only five games his entire collegiate career, all during his junior season.

During his pro day at Miami, Adkins displayed an impressive athleticism for his 5-foot-11, 230-pound frame and an uncanny speed for an inside linebacker, catching the attention of scouts.

Speed was something he utilized as a four-year contributor on Miami’s special teams, playing there almost exclusively his freshman and sophomore seasons.

“The special teams were a big part of our game plan at Miami,” Adkins said. “Like here (in Atlanta), Miami took its special teams very seriously. We even had some starters who played a lot of special teams.”

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(naplesnews.com)