Moore on the Upswing — With An Assist from Mike Adams

Mike Adams was signed to start at free safety — and he wants nothing less from Rahim Moore than to improve and push him to heights he hasn’t seen.

Rahim Moore

MOORE: ... earning praise from Mike Adams. (PHOTO: ANDREW MASON / MAXDENVER.COM)

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. –The rebuilding of Rahim Moore has begun.

After a rookie season pockmarked with setbacks that followed his instant ascension to the first team when training camp began, the reset button has been hit for the 2011 second-round pick. That was apparent from the Broncos’ signing of former Cleveland Brown Mike Adams in March, since Adams has spent most of his career at free safety, which was Moore’s spot when he played last year.

Broncos brass, including head coach John Fox, has expressed support for Moore in recent months, maintaining that he remains in the team’s plans.  Tuesday, Adams joined the chorus.

“Rahim Moore had a great day today,” Adams said.

Since last year’s offseason was wiped out by the lockout, these are Moore’s first NFL offseason practices, making this a good point for a fresh start.

But at this point, that’s all it is. Adams wants more from Moore — even if it represents a threat to his spot.

“I told him, ‘Don’t make it easier for me. Don’t make it easier for Quinton (Carter) Don’t make it easy for anybody,” Adams said. “Make it hard for the coaches to make a decision on who’s going to start and who’s going to play when September comes.”

That’s quite magnanimous.

IT’S ALSO JUST THE WAY ADAMS ROLLS. When it comes to intangibles like character, diligence, being a supportive teammate, contributing in the community and even dealing with the media, Adams comes to Denver with an All-Pro reputation.

“I’m all about competing,” Adams said. “I’m all about making everybody better, including myself.”

“I never give bad information,” he continued. “At the same time, I’m still learning, too. It’s new system for me. It’s different from what I’m accustomed to and what I’ve been playing in Cleveland.

“But I’m still mentoring the young guys as far as like technique-wise, things you can look for out there, reading the tight end, if he outside releases, if he inside releases. Little, subtle things like that that will help you make a decision that much quicker and make a play on the ball.”

It’s a rising tide that the Broncos hope lifts all boats in their young safety corps.

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About Andrew Mason

Andrew Mason has covered the NFL since 1999, when he worked as an editor on NFL.com when the site was managed by ESPN.com. He worked six seasons (2002-07) covering the Broncos on their official website and two (2008-09) on the Panthers' site. He began MaxDenver.com in 2010 and now contributes to CBSSports.com, The Sporting News and The New York Times.

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