The Packers could have Davante Adams and Kenny Clark back in Week 6.
Two of the most important players on the Green Bay Packers‘ roster look set to make their return on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Wide receiver Davante Adams has only played one full game this season, making 14 receptions for 156 yards and two touchdowns in the win over the Minnesota Vikings before injuring his hamstring in Week 2. He’s missed two games.
Defensive tackle Kenny Clark left the season opener early due to a groin injury and has missed all three of the Packers’ games since.
With the bye week giving both players additional time to rest, they both look set to make their return this weekend. And not only have they both been practicing this week, they were listed as full participants on the Packers’ injury report, a great sign for their availability this weekend.
How important this is for the team can’t be understated. While Green Bay’s offense has continued to roll in recent weeks even with Adams and Allen Lazard both out the lineup, Adams is a game-changer, as he showed in the season opener.
With Adams’ incredible release off the line, he often gets open quickly, and with the way Aaron Rodgers is playing at the moment, there’s very little opposing defenses can do to slow these two down. Adams’ return alone will draw extra coverage his way, freeing up more opportunities for the other pass-catchers on the field.
It’s a similar situation on defense. Clark often lines up over the nose tackle, where he’s dominant against the run and also an excellent interior pass rusher. When Clark’s in the game, offenses have to have a good game plan to stop him. But while they’re focused on stopping Clark dominating up front, it makes life easier for his teammates with more one-on-one opportunities.
Both Adams and Clark are among the best players in the league at their positions. Getting both back on the field will be crucial in a tough matchup against the Bucs.