27. Davante Adams (Freddie’s pick)
The 2015 season wasn’t an easy one for Davante Adams, but he is still deserving of a spot on this list.
As a rookie in 2014, the second-rounder flashed plenty of potential to become a dangerous boundary threat opposite Jordy Nelson. He finished the season with 446 receiving yards and three touchdowns, although these numbers don’t tell the full story.
Adams was the third wheel in one of the league’s most dominant tandems at wide receiver. Nelson and Randall Cobb both surpassed the 1,000-yard mark, as did running back Eddie Lacy. The offense was flying with this trio alone, limiting opportunities for Adams to get the ball.
Yet when Nelson and Cobb were unable to impose their will on defenses, Adams raised his game. The first occasion was against New England. Nelson and Cobb found life tough against a talented Patriots secondary, but Adams put in an excellent display, catching six passes for 121 yards.
The Packers needed him again in the playoffs against Dallas, and once again Adams stepped up. His seven-catch, 117-yard performance was capped off by an excellent catch-and-run 46-yard touchdown which came at a crucial stage in the game.
Nelson’s season-ending injury last August put Adams in a tough spot and he wasn’t ready to make the leap. In year three, we’ll see whether he can build on some of his rookie form.
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