Davante Adams has come a long way from his rookie NFL season. Adams shined during the Green Bay Packers two biggest games that year, giving him major hype going into his sophomore season. To say 2015 was a sophomore slump would be an understatement. Adams failed to take the next step forward, instead falling two steps back. The Packers easily could have given up on Adams and tried their hands at another drafted receiver.
Adams not only fixed his drop issues of 2015, but has become the most reliable option in the Packers passing game. 2016 saw Adams have the best season of his young career, catching 12 touchdowns and almost had 1,000 receiving yards. 2017 was much of the same for Adams, as he caught ten touchdowns and had 885 receiving yards. Considering that Adams also suffered concussions on two cheap shot hits, those numbers are equally impressive. Those numbers earned Adams a new four year contract extension.
Heading into this season, Adams is now the clear number one on the depth chart. Jordy Nelson is now an Oakland Raider, leaving a void open to be Aaron Rodgers’ favorite target. While Randall Cobb is the longest tenured receiver in Green Bay, his numbers have declined with the emergence of Adams.
Last season gave Packers fans a glimpse of Adams being the go-to-guy, with and without Rodgers. Adams caught the game-winning touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in week four, the last game before Rodgers broke his collarbone. Under the command of Brett Hundley, Adams was the favorite target early and often. When Hundley would get him the ball, good things would happen.
Now that Adams has a new deal, the time has come to prove all that it was worth. Aside from Adams and Cobb, the Packers have an inexperience receiving corps. That means the veterans will have to shoulder the load in 2018. Adams did wonders at Fresno State for Derek Carr when he was the number one option. With no more Jordy Nelson in the picture, it’s time for him to do the same in Green Bay.