Last year it was Jordy Nelson. This coming year, it will be Davante Adams.
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The fourth-year wide receiver from Fresno State will enjoy a breakout year in large part due to his expiring rookie contract. The talented receiver will draw smiles from Packers fans all over the globe this coming season.
Adams’ rookie year in the NFL was not earth-shattering, but he showed extreme promise, particularly in the playoffs. While his play declined significantly the following year in part due to a recurring ankle injury, Adams showed up in a big way this past season.
Finishing second in the NFL in touchdown receptions behind his teammate Jordy Nelson, Adams proved he belongs among the league’s better tier of receivers.
As his chemistry with Aaron Rodgers continues to improve each and every week, the twenty-four-year-old can be expected to continue to improve as he enters his fourth year.
One thing is for sure for the Packers this year: They will need big things from their 6′-2 wideout. The Packers offense is still relying on improvisation out of their offense as their passing game still does not seem to hit passes on schedule.
This is where the Packers need Adams. He has not been as productive in the scramble offense as Jordy Nelson or Randall Cobb, but has shown extreme ability in the red zone as well as on third down.
Adams posted a staggering 69.3 percent catch rate on throws into tight coverage, suggesting his hands have improved considerably after an up and down first two seasons.
With the arrivals of Martellus Bennett and Lance Kendricks, the Packers offense figures to be significantly more high-powered from a personnel standpoint than last year.
With more athleticism at tight end and significantly more speed at running back, Adams becomes the focal pointing the Packers’ offense.
While Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb are still the team’s number one and two receivers, Adams may be Aaron Rodgers’ primary safety outlet alongside Martellus Bennett.
The red zone, third down, and timely possession plays will be Adams’ forte this coming year. While Adams does not have the breakaway speed that the Packers wish he had, he is good enough in other areas to make a huge difference in the Packers offense.
Adams’ biggest strength is his route-running. Similarly to James Jones, Adams does not possess the breakaway speed necessary to separate from a defensive back on a consistent basis, but he is strong enough as a physical presence and polished enough as a route runner to cause some problems for opposing defenses. With the help around him that wasn’t there in prior years, Adams is set to break out this season.
Packers fans should get ready to see Adams score at least 12?touchdowns this coming season.