Adkins is win-less in his first two games since succeeding Brian McDermott, but Danny Guthrie and Adam Federici have told Sky Sports that it will take time to change things.
"He has tweaked one or two things and things have changed in training and it has been a bit more intense," Guthrie said.
"I think the period is too short to do it [change the system], it will take a while and we are changing smaller things at the moment, little details but it is difficult to ask to change from one style to another and it is something we are doing step by step."
Goalkeeper Federici admits that the players are ready to embrace Adkins' philosophy.
"The manager that has come in now, he wants to pass the ball and we are looking forward to adapting towards that," he said.
"Previously we played a different way and as footballers we want to play football. We are looking forward to the challenge of changing the way we play and finally getting some structure to the team and looking forward to the weekend.
"As a team Reading plays a particular way so to come in and change something in a week is a big ask so it will be a gradual things."