ANDERSON – Physically, Mike Adams was there.
Mentally, not really.
That isn't happening in Anderson.
The Colts signed Adams, a 10-year vet with 146 games of experience, right before the team's three-day minicamp, which was shortened to two days for veterans.
Those that saw Adams in a white No. 42 uniform running around the Colts secondary back in mid-June didn't see the real him. Adams admits things were still a whirlwind trying to grasp a new scheme on such short notice.
So that's why the Colts newest safety, who now wears No. 29, was spending the final few days of his 2014 offseason studying.
"Just stay in that playbook so I make sure I know what I'm doing when I get out there this time," Adams told 1070 The Fan earlier this month.
Adams will have a say in who lines up next to LaRon Landry when the Colts take on the Broncos, Adams' most recent team, on September 7.
Over his decade in the NFL, Adams has watched the safety position evolve in a league where opposing tight ends have become such X-factors.
With Landry's presence closer to the line of scrimmage, Adams is fine to play more of a cover role, even if he loves being a "box" safety.
"Landry, he's put in that work so he knows what to do down there. I can't argue with that. I'll back him up, no problem," Adams says.
Where Adams fits in for the Colts defense is to be determined (he got some extended run with the first unit on Wendesday), but there's little doubt he will have any trouble fitting in from a locker room standpoint.
D'Qwell Jackson played with Adams for five seasons in Cleveland and thinks very highly of the veteran safety.
A 33-year old safety might scare away potential suitors, but not Ryan Grigson.
"He was a little long in the tooth and I talked to him candidly about that," Grigson said earlier this offseason. "But when you put on the film, you saw a guy that looks spry to me.
"The one unique thing about Mike Adams is he has played a lot of football, but he's never in the (cold) tub. He's always out there ready to go. His track record speaks for itself in that respect. He's the kind of guy that you take a chance on at that age because his track record is so extraordinary in terms of being ready to play on Sunday."
Adams is a guy who started at safety in last year's Super Bowl and played the most defensive snaps of any Bronco that night.
As Adams waited to hopefully field another call for his next NFL stop, he wanted what he had in Denver, and ideally something a little more.
"The bottom line is winning and that culture is definitely huge around here in Indianapolis," the Colts newest safety says.
"That's my goal now---to get back to that Super Bowl. Looking at the team and looking at the coaching staff and the organization itself, they definitely have the potential to be where I want to be."