Green Bay Packers 2018 roster preview: Davante Adams

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 10: Davante Adams
CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 10: Davante Adams /

Davante Adams has become a key piece of the Green Bay Packers’ offense in recent years, and he’ll now take on the role left by Jordy Nelson.

After catching 22 touchdown passes over the past two seasons, Davante Adams has become the Green Bay Packers’ top wide receiver.

Dominant off the line of scrimmage and tough to cover in the red zone, the 2014 second-round pick has become a star in Green Bay.

What can we expect from Adams in 2018?

2017 stats

Playing in 14 games, Adams caught 74 passes for 885 yards and 10 touchdowns, making it the second consecutive year he had posted double-digit touchdowns. Adams led the Packers in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns, and was tied with Jimmy Graham for the second-most touchdowns in the NFL.

2017 review

This was a big year for Adams. While he didn’t hit 1,000 yards, and his production dropped from the year before, it was important for a couple of reasons.

First, he proved his 2016 form was no fluke. Second, Adams showed he could still produce at a high level even when Aaron Rodgers wasn’t on the field.

The Packers struggled offensively with Brett Hundley in at quarterback, but Adams continued to play well, showing he is a great wide receiver, and not just because of who is quarterback is.

Odds of making roster: 100 percent

Adams signed a four-year, $58 million contract last December. He is now the Packers’ top wide receiver on the depth chart, and is one of few locks to make the roster at the position.

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2018 preview

Last year, it was clear who the Packers’ best receiver was. It was no longer Jordy Nelson. Adams had become the go-to target.

Now that Nelson is an Oakland Raider, Adams could see even more targets. New signing Jimmy Graham will play a big role, and it’s also possible one of the rookie wide receivers plays well from Day 1. But Adams will be Aaron Rodgers’ go-to receiver in important situations.

If both Adams and Rodgers stay healthy, the 25-year-old receiver should have no trouble hitting the 1,000-yard mark. He came within three yards of the milestone two years ago.

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My prediction is that he’ll hit 1,200 receiving yards this season.