WR Davante Adams - Green Bay Packers
|6-1, 212||Born: 12-24-1992||College: Fresno State||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2014|
2019 Week 1 vs CHI (8 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)
Davante Adams caught four passes for 36 yards on eight targets in the Packers win over the Bears on Thursday night. Dating back to last year, Adams has been immune to the Packers offensive struggles, consistently putting up big numbers regardless of whether Green Bay is able to move the ball on their opponent. This was not the case against the Bears though, as Adams finished with his lowest yardage total in his past 20 regular season games. Rodgers targeted Adams a team high eight times, but even the passes that fell incomplete were contained to within 12 yards of the line of scrimmage. There were some growing pains to be expected with the Packers installing a new offense under first year head coach Matt LaFleur, so Adams inability to match the output many were expecting of him this year should be taken with a grain of salt, especially against an elite defense and division rival in the Bears.
2019 Week 2 vs MIN (9 / 7 / 106 / 0 rec)
Adams is in midseason form, moving around the field and making plays on the ball in the air with ease. He got open downfield on the first pass of the game and was Aaron Rodgers preferred target on third down. He came up with multiple key conversions in the game and Adams last catch iced the game for the Packers. He also drew a long pass interference and another long pass took a great defensive play to break up. He's fine after a quiet Week 1.
2019 Week 3 vs DEN (4 / 4 / 56 / 0 rec)
Davante Adams caught four passes for 56 yards in the Packers win over the Broncos on Sunday. Adams was not targeted at his usual volume, but he did catch all four passes thrown his way. The Broncos shaded coverage his way and made the other Packers receivers beat them, which would have worked aside from an offside penalty that came back to bite them on a deep Valdes-Scalding touchdown catch. Adams was routinely targeted in the short passing game, and in that respect, he did well gaining yards after the catch. He was targeted once deeper down the field which resulted in a 22 yard reception, but the play was called back after Denver challenged the play due to offensive pass interference.
2019 Week 4 vs PHI (15 / 10 / 180 / 0 rec)
Davante Adams caught 10 passes for 180 yards on 15 targets in the Packers loss to the Eagles. From the catches to the yards to the targets, this was the type of production that we expected from Adams when he was touted as a first round pick this year, and a player many expected to be the #1 wide receiver comes years end. Adams really could have put an exclamation point on this performance with a touchdown, but he was caught on the back of the leg on a desperation tackle during a 58 yard catch and run. The play was a simple go-route where Rodgers threw the ball out in front of Adams and he was able to run right by his defender and not be touched until he went down at the Eagle seven yard line. Adams also had a 40 yard catch, and was able to draw three pass interference penalties against the Eagles secondary. The majority of Adams catches were in the short and intermediate passing game, where he excels by creating separation through his strength and route-running chops. While Adams had a monster game and that is what we should be talking about, I find myself talking more about the final play of the game where Adams should have been targeted instead of the tall but slight Valdes-Scalding. We are talking about the only wide receiver in the NFL with 10+ touchdowns in the last three seasons (37 total). Adams has yet to have a touchdown catch this season and was only targeted twice in the red zone over the first three weeks. He did have four red zone targets against the Eagles and did not score, however I would rather play the numbers and think Adams would be successful than point to that as a reason not to target him on the most important play of the game. The play call was a slant to the outside receiver where you know the Eagles are going to be crowded across the goal line in the short field. Essentially, that is why you have Adams, and he has more than proven himself capable of making big plays when it matters most, especially on a night where he was feasting on the Eagles banged up secondary. The Packers have been committed to the running game but now find themselves with some real depth problems, so Adams could see even more targets as a possession receiver moving forward.
2019 Week 9 vs LAC (11 / 7 / 41 / 0 rec)
Davante Adams made his return from injury this week, catching seven of 11 targets for 41 yards. Adams looked a bit rusty in his first game back, dropping a pass from Rodgers that is usually an easy catch for the star receiver. The Chargers defense kept constant pressure on Rodgers, ensuring that Adams was going to be confined to short and intermediate routes. When he did make a catch, the Chargers secondary was all over him, and you could see the frustration building as Adams just could not shake his defenders when Rodgers had such little time to throw. The Packers face off against the Carolina Panthers and their talented secondary next week, so it won't get any easier for Adams in week 10. We will see whether another full week of practice can get Adams and the Packers passing offense back in their groove of weeks past.
2019 Week 10 vs CAR (10 / 7 / 118 / 0 rec)
Davante Adams caught seven passes for 118 yards on 10 targets in the Packers win over the Panthers on Sunday. This was a get-right game for Adams, who looked a step slow in last week's return to action after missing four games with an injury. While the Panthers were without James Bradberry, I'm not sure it would have mattered as Adams came out of the gates strong in this game, forcing a deep pass interference penalty before setting up Jones' first touchdown run with a 15 yard catch. Rodgers went right back to Adams on the Packers next drive, hitting him on a 37 yard completion where Adams made a ridiculous catch. The ball was placed perfectly by Rodgers, but perhaps too well, as the ball's trajectory literally went through Adams' defenders arms forcing Adams to look it in the entire time before snagging the reception. Adams was far from done though, as he and Rodgers hooked up again for a 38 yard reception that came with Rodgers backed up into his own end zone. Adams ran a double-move that looked like an inside post, before he broke back outside and Rodgers hit him perfectly in stride along the left sideline.
2018 Week 1 vs CHI (8 / 5 / 88 / 1 rec)
Davante Adams caught five passes on eight targets for 88 yards and a touchdown in the Packers thrilling win against the Bears in week one. Adams looked the part of a #1 receiver, making contested plays and gaining yards after the catch. Adams long gain of the night came on a 51 yard reception where he came down with a catch on the left sideline, and while staying in bounds, he pushed his defender away and turned the ball up field, gaining another 40 yards after the catch. Adams was not done bullying the Bears defense yet though, as his touchdown catch showed why he is so hard to bring down. Adams caught a short pass in the left flat and turned to find three Bears defenders between himself and the end zone. Adams planted his right foot and faked to the inside of the field before cutting back to the sideline and taking a Bears defender head on. Adams managed to push his defender backward and score on a play that looked like it should have been a two yard gain.
2018 Week 2 vs MIN (12 / 8 / 64 / 1 rec)
Davante Adams caught eight passes for 64 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets in the Packers tie against the Vikings on Sunday. Adams led the team in receptions, although he averaged only eight yards a catch on the day, a small number even by Adams standards. Adams came up with the only score on the day for the Packers, as well as the catch that set up the touchdown as well. With the Vikings blitzing both linebackers, the Packers were able to give Rodgers time in the pocket, which he took full advantage of by dancing around and never making himself an easy target. Adams ran a shallow in-route from the right side of the field and instead of cutting off his route, he just kept on running across the field while creating enough separation to allow Rodgers to deliver the ball in front of him. With the ball now at the nine yard line, Adams ran an out-route from the left sideline. Rodgers delivered the pass as Adams was turning which gave him enough time to catch the ball and turn on his defender in space. Adams then juked his defender and another Vikings defender towards the middle of the field before scoring nearly untouched.
2018 Week 3 vs WAS (9 / 7 / 52 / 1 rec)
Davante Adams caught seven passes for 52 yards and a touchdown on nine targets against the Redskins on Sunday. Adams had a hard time finding room on intermediate and deep routes, as the Redskins were blanketing him and forcing Randall Cobb to beat them deep. Adams did secure catches when the passes were thrown his way, but it seemed as soon as he caught the ball, he was set upon by several Redskins defenders. Even when he could shake the first guy, there was always another one waiting. Adams does most of his damage after the catch and in the red zone, and he managed to score a touchdown in his third straight game to start the season. Adams ran a shallow crossing route at the four yard line and was able to shake his defender and carry him across the goal line. There weren't many highlights for Adams in this game, as the entire Packers offense was forced into playing with the Redskins gave them.
2018 Week 4 vs BUF (14 / 8 / 81 / 0 rec)
Allison caught six passes for 80 yards on 11 targets in the Packers win on Sunday. The 11 targets set a career high for the third year wideout, and it comes as Allison is continuing to gain Rodgers trust in the passing game. With Randall Cobb on the sideline for this game, it was interesting to see the types of routes that Allison would be running, as it would serve as a good indication of what the Packers think Allison can do, as opposed to just being the third option behind Adams and Cobb. Allison did not disappoint, running more deep routes than we had seen in the first three games while coming up with a big catch deep in the third quarter. With Allison lined up out wide on the left side of the formation, Rodgers took a deep drop out of the shotgun. Allison ran a deep crossing route, and seeing how much room was out in front of him in the middle of the field, Allison kept running his route which gave Rodgers the perfect window to throw it to him in stride. The catch went for a 27 yard gain, and although it was the only deep ball he was able to come down with, it was encouraging to see Allison get targeted on four of his 11 targets down the field.
2018 Week 5 vs DET (12 / 9 / 140 / 1 rec)
Davante Adams caught nine passes for 140 yards and a touchdown on 12 targets. With Cobb and Allison out with injuries, Adams took on an even bigger role in the passing game, although I would have thought he'd see more than 12 targets on a day when Rodgers threw the ball 52 times. Despite working against Darius Slay for most of the afternoon, Adams was consistently getting open and creating plays after the catch. This was especially true when plays broke down and Adams was free to get to an open spot so Rodgers could find him. He did this really well on a passing play where Rodgers was flushed out of the pocket and running to his left. Adams broke off his shallow route and took off to the left sideline, peeling his way up the field slightly as he did so. Rodgers found him and Adams was able to gain another 10 yards after the catch for a 22 yard gain. Additionally, Adams was able to create plays of 22, 23, 30, 17 and 19 yards, while also having a 32 yard catch overturned. Adams touchdown catch came on a double move from the Lions 12 yard line. Adams set up the route as though he was going to run a shallow in-route, but at the apex, he put his foot in the ground, changed direction and took off the for the left sideline. The fake worked perfectly and Adams was wide open as Rodgers hit him for a 12 yard touchdown. Adams now has touchdown in four of the Packers five games this season.
2018 Week 6 vs SF (16 / 10 / 132 / 2 rec)
Davante Adams caught 10 of 16 targets for 132 yards and two touchdowns. Simply put, Adams was the difference maker in this game along with Marquise Goodwin for the 49ers. Adams got his big day started with a touchdown catch in the first quarter where Rodgers found him open in the back of the end zone on a crossing route. Adams made a key catch with the Packers driving late in the fourth quarter, down 30-23. Adams ran a deep post route from the right side of the formation all the way across the field and Rodgers was able to find him behind the 49ers defense for a 38 yard gain that put the Packers in scoring position. Three plays later, Adams ran a stutter-step go-route to the left side of the end zone, where Rodgers threw a perfect ball that took advantage of Adams impressive leaping ability. Rodgers put the ball in a great spot where only Adams could get it, and Adams secured the catch for a tying touchdown.
2018 Week 8 vs LAR (7 / 5 / 133 / 0 rec)
Adams was a force despite Marcus Peters covering him. His two long gains in the first half were a big part of the team's production early, and he got open easily to key a fourth quarter drive and jump start the first drive of the first half. He's the clear #1 and in for career numbers this year.
2018 Week 9 vs NE (9 / 6 / 40 / 1 rec)
Davante Adams caught six passes for 40 yards and a touchdown on nine targets against the Patriots on Sunday. Adams had a tough time breaking through the Patriots secondary, as all of his catches went for 10 yards or less. Stephen Gilmore did a good job of containing Adams on the odd occasion when he was targeted deep, but for the most part Adams was given underneath routes and then the Patriots would swarm to the ball once the catch was made. Adams touchdown catch came on a third and goal from the Patriots two yard line. Adams was lined up out wide on the left side of the formation and initially ran a quick slant underneath Valdes-Scantling. With Rodgers rolling out, the play became a scramble route for Adams who faked back to the middle of the field before flashing to Rodgers in the front part of the left side of the endzone. Rodgers threw a perfect ball into tight coverage and Adams made the catch with Patriots draped all over him for the two yard touchdown.
2018 Week 10 vs MIA (7 / 4 / 57 / 2 rec)
Davante Adams caught four passes for 57 yards and two touchdowns in the Packers win against the Dolphins on Sunday. Even on a day when he didn't see his normal allotment of targets, Adams found a way to reward his fantasy managers, scoring two touchdowns to increase his total to nine on the season. Adams first touchdown pass came on a first and goal from the seven yard line. Rodgers took the snap under center with Adams lined up out wide on the left side. Adams took a couple steps before giving his defender a quick in-out-in fake, which set up a shallow slant route. Adams is so good in the red zone because he under stands how to get immediate separation in his routes. This play was no different as Adams quickly faded inside to convert the easy pass and catch from Rodgers for a touchdown. Adams second touchdown pass nearly just as easy, as the Dolphins were playing a loose zone, and he managed to find a soft spot as he sat down at the Miami four yard line. Rodgers then hit with him the pass and Adams made the catch, and then cut backside before crossing the goal line untouched for a 25 yard touchdown.
2018 Week 11 vs SEA (12 / 10 / 166 / 0 rec)
Davante Adams caught 10 passes for 166 yards on 12 targets against the Seahawks on Thursday night. Along with Jones, Adams was the entire Packers offense against the Seahawks, mixing in his usual compliment of short passes with several big plays down the field, including catches of 57 and 41 yards. On the 41 yard catch, Adams was lined up on the outside left hash mark with Rodgers taking the snap out of the shotgun formation. Adams completely dusted his man off the line with an inside-out fake, and then further tripped up his defender with a stutter step fake 15 yards down the field. Rodgers dropped the ball into Adams, although Adams did have to slow down momentarily, or the play would have most likely gone for a 75+ yard touchdown. On the 57 yard catch, with Rodgers in the shotgun, Adams was lined up on the right outside hash mark. This time, Adam used an outside-in fake and got inside position on his man while running a straight go-route down the field. Adams had a step on his man the entire way, and Rodgers threw a perfect ball to him in stride for a 57 yard gain. Adams was barely tripped up after catching the ball, and this play could have also easily gone for a long touchdown.
2018 Week 12 vs MIN (8 / 5 / 69 / 1 rec)
Davante Adams caught five passes for 69 yards and a touchdown on eight targets in the Packers loss to the Vikings on Sunday night. Adams once again led the Packers in every receiving category, and scored his 10th touchdown of the season. That touchdown marked the third straight season he has recorded double digit receiving touchdowns, making him the only player in the league to record that feat. Adams also went over 1,000 yards for the first time in his career in this game, something that had eluded him the past two seasons as a starter. Adams, like much of the Packers receivers, went long stretches in this game without a target, as the Vikings were dominating the time of possession on offense and getting quick stops on defense. Coming into the Packers last possession, Adams had only three catches for 24 yards and a touchdown, but managed to pad his stats with two catches for 45 yards on the final drive. Adams touchdown came with the Packers lined up at the Vikings 15 yard line. Adams was lined up out to the left sideline against Xavier Rhodes and ran a straight go-route that called for him to look for a back shoulder pass at around the five yard line. Rodgers delivered a perfect pass in-stride to Adams, and Adams did a really nice job of catching the ball in that position and then pivoting so that he could get himself across the goal line. Adams is without a doubt the pre-eminent red zone receiver in the NFL today, as he has figured out a way to get pockets of separation and use his athleticism to create space in tight windows.
2018 Week 13 vs ARI (13 / 8 / 93 / 1 rec)
Davante Adams caught eight passes for 93 yards and one touchdown on 13 targets in the Packers loss to the Cardinals on Sunday. Adams was the lone bright spot on an otherwise struggling Packers offense, which is really what could be said of his performance all season. Even with Rodgers having trouble completing passes, Adams was able to bail him out several times, making tough catches along the sidelines that were desperate attempts Rodgers made to avoid being sacked. One of those catches came with the Packers facing a 2nd and seven at the Cardinals 27 yard line, down 17-10. Rodgers took the snap out of shotgun and the Cardinals rushed only four men. The Packers offensive line did a fantastic job on this play, as Rodgers danced around the pocket for 10 seconds, yes, 10 seconds! Rodgers was able to keep the play alive by moving side to side and eventually directing Adams to the left sideline. Rodgers threw a dart, and Adams was able to make a toe-tapping catch as he was moving back towards Rodgers and towards the left sideline, and he made the catch wit the ball out of bounds but his feet inside the sideline. It was the type of catch that few receivers in the NFL can make, and it kept the Packers hopes alive as Jones scored the tying touchdown a few moments later. Adams touchdown catch came with the Packers driving at the Cardinals 13 yard line, facing a 4th and four. Rodgers took the snap out of the shotgun formation and immediately looked to his left at Valdes-Scalding who was running a fade route. The Cardinals had him covered well and safety help to boot, so Rodgers ran through his progressions before ultimately directing Adams across from the right side of the field to the left. Adams had initially run what looked to be a go-route from the inside left slot position, but managed to curl his route along the back line towards the left side of the end zone. Rodgers threw a perfect pass and Adams was able to make a nice snag and get both of his feet down in the back of the end zone.
2018 Week 14 vs ATL (11 / 7 / 81 / 1 rec)
Davante Adams caught seven passes for 81 yards and a touchdown on 11 targets in Sunday's win over the Falcons. It was Adams 12th touchdown catch of the season, matching his career high that was set in 2016. Adams has had a ridiculously consistent season as a fantasy receiver. He's scored in 10 of 13 games, and in the games he did not, he's averaged 7.5 receptions for 126 yards. Adams has had eight games of 80+ receiving yards including four games of 130+ receiving yards. Some of this can be attributed to being Rodgers #1 receiver, but Adams has shown that he can be counted on as an elite #1 receiver. The Falcons were down for much of this game, and despite Adams having 60+ yards and a touchdown by halftime, the Packers chose to run the ball down the Falcons throat in the second half which limited Adams potential for a monster day. He also had a long catch called back for a penalty, which would have given him his fifth 100+ yard game of the season. On the Packers first drive, Adams was lined up in the right slot, and put a stutter step in-out-in fake on his defender before taking off up-field on a go-route. Adams had separation but Rodgers underthrew the ball and forced Adams to make an incredible catch where he reached behind his defender and plucked the ball over his shoulder and secured the catch. That 21 yard gain set up Adams touchdown catch. On that play Rodgers was lined up in the shotgun with the Packers driving on the Falcons seven yard lined. With Adams lined up out wide to the left, Rodgers took the snap and immediately looked left for Adams who ran an out-route that he rounded off at the top which kept his defender from committing to a specific direction.
2018 Week 15 vs CHI (13 / 8 / 119 / 0 rec)
Davante Adams caught eight passes for 119 yards on 13 targets in the Packers loss to the Bears on Sunday. Once again, Adams led the Packers in receptions and yards, and his eighth catch in this game marked his 100th reception on the season, shattering his previous career high of 75 reception set in 2016. Adams currently has 100 catches for 1315 yards and 12 touchdowns, which are all career highs for the fifth year wideout. He has only four games this year without a touchdown catch, and in those four games, Adams has gone over 100 yards receiving in three of them, while catching eight passes for 81 yards in the other. While Adams failed to score a touchdown, he did get in the end zone on a two point conversion. Following Williams touchdown run, Adams lined up out wide on the left, with Equanimeous St. Brown lined up in the slot on the same side. St. Brown ran a quick route directly to the left sideline, which created a pick for Adams to sneak around. The play worked beautifully as the Bears completely lost track of Adams, however it took Rodgers more time than it should have to look for Adams, who was sitting wide open just over the goal line. Adams made several nice catches in this game, however none more impressive than the 28 yard gain that set up Williams touchdown run. With the Packers facing a third and eight from the Bears 48 yard line, Adams was lined up on the far left hash-mark. Rodgers took the snap in shotgun and did not even bother to look anywhere else but for Adams who was running a straight go-route down the field. Adams dusted Prince Amukamara off the line with his patented stutter step, out-in-out fake. Rodgers threw a dime but it was from a weird ¾ angle and the direction of the ball came forward and out in front of Adams, but also from a sideways angle which made it a much more difficult catch than it looked like initially. Adams was able to go up top and make the catch, although it moved in his hands as he was making the grab, but ultimately he secured the ball and set up Williams touchdown run, which came two plays later.
2018 Week 16 vs NYJ (18 / 11 / 71 / 1 rec)
Jamaal Williams rushed 15 times for 95 yards and a touchdown, while also catching six of nine targets for 61 yards. This was Williams first game as the Packers bell cow back since week two, and he responded with his best game of the season, consistently gaining yards as a runner, and making plays in the passing game. Williams started off the game with a 19 yard run and didn't let up for the rest of the first half, finishing with over 80 yards rushing. It looked as though Williams was going to punish the Jets on the ground, but the Packers fell behind which limited him to only five rushing attempts in the second half. Williams capped off the Packers second scoring drive with a seven yard touchdown. With the Packers facing a first and goal from the Jets seven yard line, Rodgers took the snap under center, faked right and then backhanded a pitch to Williams. Williams had a head of steam running left but met a pack of Jets defenders at the four yard line and was pushed towards the out of bounds line. Somehow, Williams managed to stay in bounds and steady himself by putting a hand on the ground, then lurch himself forward over the goal line. It was an impressive run on Williams part, and he has played very well over the last two weeks after taking a back seat to Aaron Jones for most of the season.
2017 Week 1 vs SEA (7 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)
Adams was third in the pecking order among Packers wide receivers and struggled at times to reel in his targets. Overall he looked as good as he normally does--his routes are fine and he has speed--but he has to do better than miss half his targets especially with the amount of choices Aaron Rodgers has to throw to.
2017 Week 2 vs ATL (10 / 8 / 99 / 1 rec)
With Jordy Nelson out the Packers needed someone to step up and in the second half, Adams did just that. Like everyone else, he was mostly shut down in the first two quarters but added five catches on six targets for 81 yards and a touchdown in the third and fourth quarter when the Falcons were comfortably in the lead and looser on defense. Adam's biggest play was a diving catch on a 33-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. On the play, he gained separation on the cornerback a with a nice cut, then streaked downfield. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw a deep ball which was just a tad long and Adams dove to catch it as he crossed into the end zone.
2017 Week 3 vs CIN (6 / 3 / 60 / 0 rec)
Adams didn't get much done against the Bengals, though he did get brought down just shy of the goal line in the first quarter. With most of the targets in the second half going to Jordy Nelson and Ty Montgomery, Adams simply got lost in the shuffle.
2017 Week 4 vs CHI (5 / 2 / 13 / 1 rec)
Adams took a nasty hit from the Bears' Danny Trevathan, who has been suspended because of it. The blow was helmet to helmet, and Adams' teammates thought the worst, calling for the trainer. His neck MRI came back clean and he is 'only' dealing with a concussion and he could be week to week as he moves through concussion protocol.
2017 Week 5 vs DAL (11 / 7 / 66 / 2 rec)
Adams was recently in the concussion protocol but you wouldn't have known it by the game he played. Leading the team in both targets and catches, Adams was a key figure in both keeping pace with a Dallas team which was putting points on the board as well as winning the game. On the final offensive play of the game for Green Bay, Adams ran a short route into the end zone as Aaron Rodgers dropped back to pass. Rodgers saw Adams was covered but trusted his receiver and aimed a throw at Adams' backside shoulder. Adams went up and made the catch, making sure his feet landed in the end zone for what would be the game winning score. Adams continues to be the second weapon behind Jordy Nelson in this offense, occasionally outproducing Nelson when the latter is blanketed in coverage. He's proving that if a team chooses to do that, Adams will make them pay.
2017 Week 6 vs MIN (10 / 5 / 54 / 1 rec)
The only receiver able to find the end zone, Davante Adams found himself wide open in the second quarter as he ran a short slant route in the red zone of the Minnesota Vikings. Initially covered by a linebacker, Adams was able to wriggle free when the defender stepped up to help contain a scrambling Brett Hundley, and the second linebacker never picked up coverage. Hundley saw his receiver break open and quickly threw a pass to Adams, who easily scored.
2017 Week 7 vs NO (5 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Adams couldn't do much on Sunday. While he had one nice route which allowed him to get open downfield, he was underthrown by Brett Hundley, who was completely overwhelmed under center. There wasn't much that Adams could do to help that on Sunday, and one can only hope the two develop some chemistry, and fast, during the bye week.
2017 Week 9 vs DET (10 / 7 / 53 / 0 rec)
Adams saw pretty good bracket of targets and was able to haul most of them in, but given the short-yardage nature of the gameplan, it amounted to very little. Adams can break free on longer routes, but Mike McCarthy doesn't seem to trust Brett Hundley to make those throws, which means Adams is generally in the neighborhood of a defender or two when he makes a catch, which keeps him from adding yards afterwards.
2017 Week 10 vs CHI (8 / 5 / 90 / 1 rec)
Brett Hundley has targeted Adams a lot, and it finally paid off. Adams was able to find separation for a couple of catches, most critically his 19-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter to seal the win. On the play, Adams lined up inside, and ran a corner route. He got behind cornerback Kyle Fuller, and then Brett Hundley threw one of his better passes to Adams, a throw to the outside shoulder only Adams would catch. The two are on the same page, and Adams is starting to reap the benefits.
2017 Week 11 vs BAL (10 / 8 / 126 / 0 rec)
At least Brett Hundley still has a good rapport with at least one receiver. Davante Adams seems to find himself on the same page as Hundley more often than not, even if he failed to get in the end zone against Baltimore. Hundley did manage to miss Adams on a deep pass in the fourth quarter when Adams could have made a reception with a better thrown ball, but overall Adams was able to get open and Hundley was able to find him.
2017 Week 12 vs PIT (9 / 5 / 82 / 1 rec)
Brett Hundley's favorite target had a solid day, including a very nice run after the catch on his 55-yard touchdown. On the play, Adams was in single coverage and torched his defender with a very nice double move, gaining nearly five yards of separation down the right sideline. The ball was slightly underthrown, so Adams had to slow down, but cut inside and made a defender miss before heading back upfield. Then a couple of head fakes made the defense hesitate just long enough for him to make it in the end zone and give his team a 21-14 lead. Adams has caught just over 61 percent of his targets since Hundley took over.
2017 Week 13 vs TB (6 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)
Adams was bound to have a stinker considering his quarterback, and this week just seemed to be the time. His 42 yards was exactly half of Brett Hundley's meager production, but that's not cause for celebration on a pyrrhic level, as he caught most of it in the early first quarter and then disappeared until the fourth.
2017 Week 14 vs CLE (14 / 10 / 84 / 2 rec)
Adams was a targeted just twice in the first half in part because of some good coverage by Cleveland and in part because quarterback Brett Hundley was looking elsewhere. The two just missed connecting on a big play late in the second quarter, but the pass was just off target. During the second half Adams was able to get free much more frequently as the Browns defense imploded. All of his yards came after he start of the half, including both touchdowns. The first touchdown came close to the end of the game and tied it, sending the teams into overtime. On the play, a short 1-yard score, Adams ran a simple out route, and his coverage stayed inside. Hundley did a nice job seeing that and throwing the ball to the outside shoulder where only Adams could make the catch. The second touchdown, taking place in overtime and winning the game, was almost all due to Adams' ability after the catch. The play was a short screen pass, thrown to Adams who ran behind Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson. Both receivers did a great job creating a lane for Adams to create more yards with solid blocking, and then Adams broke into the open field and scored easily, running into the tunnel and disappearing with the ball. Adams continues to be Hundley's favorite target and as long as Hundley is under center, Adams is going to produce.
2017 Week 15 vs CAR (7 / 5 / 57 / 1 rec)
Adams made the first score of the game for the Packers on a leaping grab of a slightly long pass by Aaron Rodgers. Adams was pretty well open on the pass, and did a good job of hauling in a somewhat off-target throw for the score. Adams' two biggest plays were not ones where he had the ball in his hands, though. First, he was the target on a Rodgers interception which was badly thrown on a deep route in the second quarter. The second was when he was blasted on an illegal blindside hit by Carolina's Thomas Davis during another Rodgers interception. Adams missed the second half with a concussion and may not be ready to play the Vikings. Given his history of concussions, there should be concern.
2016 Week 1 vs JAX (7 / 3 / 50 / 1 rec)
Adams continues to be a bafflingly inconsistent player. He can make a beautiful catch, as he did on Aaron Rodgers' 29-yard pass to end the first half. Adams got the inside position on the defensive back, and Rodgers threaded a perfect pass where only Adams could get to it. Adams extended himself and caught the ball as he fell into the end zone. He can also drop beautifully thrown ball as he did in the first half and occasionally is not where Rodgers needs him to be, which also happened more than once. Adams has flashed great ability, but cannot seem to do so for the entirety of a game.
2016 Week 2 vs MIN (7 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
The Packers and head coach Mike McCarthy really want to make Davante Adams happen, but his inconsistency is making that hard to happen--and also making a case that they should stop. Moments after his first catch, Adams was stripped of the ball and only a fantastic play by Randall Cobb to regain the ball saved the Packers from having the Vikings on their 10 yard line. Later on, Adams would make a big catch on a Hail Mary play, but draw a flag for offensive pass interference. He then let corner Terrance Newman get inside of him on a route, almost picking the ball off. Finally, Adams was the target on Aaron Rodgers' game ending interception. Rodgers threw it a little short of the mark, but Adams didn't attack the ball in the air, jumping backwards to try and make the catch. Instead, cornerback Trae Waynes jumped in front of him and made the interception to end the game. Overall, Adams is a mess right now and it's shocking they have him as involved as he is.
2016 Week 3 vs DET (2 / 2 / 23 / 1 rec)
Adams was all about quality over quantity on Sunday as he only had a pair of catches, but scored on one. On the play, a 3rd and 7 from the Lions' 14 yard line, Aaron Rodgers used the hard count to bait Detroit into showing where the pressure was coming from, then immediately hit Adams on a slant in the wide open middle of the field. Adams turned upfield and then ran over safety Grover Quin on the way to a score.
2016 Week 5 vs NYG (8 / 5 / 85 / 1 rec)
Davante Adams had a very good day on Sunday, as he was one of the beneficiaries of some decent downfield coverage, as quarterback Aaron Rodgers was forced to throw shorter passes. Adams did a good job of creating separation on his routes and made a nice grab on his 29-yard touchdown. On the play, Adams ran down the sideline on a "fly" route. He was actually pretty well covered but the defender didn't turn his head to track the ball and Rodgers dropped a perfect pass into Adams' arms. Adams was unfortunately the target on Rodgers' second interception, an underthrown ball which the defender jumped in front of. On the play Adams was trying to circle back and give the scrambling Rodgers as target and it's unclear if Rodgers was trying to actually get the ball to him and underthrew it or trying to throw it away and didn't do that right. Adams couldn't prevent the play though, and the ball was picked off.
2016 Week 6 vs DAL (3 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec)
Adams left the game early with a head injury after a big shot by a defender, but prior to that it was the same old Adams--a nice catch followed by a brutal drop. His inconsistency certainly isn't enhancing the passing offense.
2016 Week 7 vs CHI (16 / 13 / 132 / 2 rec)
Not only was this a career yardage total for Adams, it was the best and most reliable he has ever looked. Along with Randall Cobb, Adams was tough for the Bears to stop, especially in the first half when they accounted for 104 of Aaron Rodgers' 150 passing yards. Adams had one really nice touchdown and one which was pure luck. On the former, Adams ran a corner route in the red zone, but Rodgers underthrew the ball a little and the receiver had to reach back and across the defender to haul it in for the score. On the second touchdown, the Packers were on the Chicago four yard line and Adams lined up at the X spot, with Ty Montgomery in the Y spot next to him. The two crossed paths, with Montgomery running to the goal line pylon and Adams heading towards the goal post and for some reason both Bears defenders remained with Montgomery, leaving Adams wide open.
2016 Week 8 vs ATL (14 / 12 / 74 / 0 rec)
With Randall Cobb and Ty Montgomery out, Adams had another big game. That's also two weeks in a row where Adams was consistent with his hands and didn't have any massive drops. While he didn't find the end zone or accrue a massive amount of yards, he has now been targeted 30 times in two games, while catching 25 of those balls. If there is one gripe with Adams on Sunday, it's more with the playcalling than the player, as the Packers really honed in on throwing screens to him. After a while the Falcons had no problem spotting it and hemming Adams in, limiting his impact.
2016 Week 9 vs IND (8 / 4 / 41 / 1 rec)
It was a rough first half for Adams, as both catches he made totaled -3 yards. Both were screen passes which the Colts sniffed out immediately and in one case took Adams down for negative yards. Adams didn't see another target until the third quarter. It didn't get a lot better in the early parts of the second half either as he was the target of an interception in the third quarter. On the play, Adams was running a post route and appeared to be open, but Aaron Rodgers didn't see the safety lurking in the middle of the field and when he threw the ball, the safety stepped in front of Adams for the pick. Adams finally had a few positive plays in the fourth quarter, one when a cornerback fell and Adams was wide open for a pass which he took for a total of 40 yards. The other was his touchdown, which he caught when getting good inside position on a slant route into the end zone.
2016 Week 10 vs TEN (9 / 6 / 156 / 0 rec)
Adams has begun to become more consistent and reliable and so Aaron Rodgers is leaning on him more as the season goes on. Adams had a solid day, with a career high in yards, but did most of his damage in the second quarter when the game was well out of hand and the Titans began playing much looser coverage. Adams' biggest play was a 46-yard reception where the coverage overran him and left him wide open. Adams then cut inside towards the middle of the field before getting brought down at the Titans' 40 yard line. That was followed up by a 38-yard grab on a deep crossing route where the defenders gave Adams too much room. Adams then meandered his way for an extra 20 yards after the catch. As with his other big plays, the defense was in more of a prevent look and it left a lot of room for him to get open for his quarterback.
2016 Week 11 vs WAS (6 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec)
Adams had a bad game, failing to gain any separation from the defenders and even when he made a catch, the defense was there to immediately take him down. The one exception was his last catch of the game when he found himself wide open ten yards downfield, made an easy catch and then ran for another 27 yards.
2016 Week 12 vs PHI (6 / 5 / 113 / 2 rec)
Adams kicked things off with a bang, scoring a touchdown on his very first target--a 12-yard slant into the end zone with 10 minutes left in the first quarter. He repeated the feat on his second target, this time making a brilliant catch in the end zone on a 20 yard score. On that play, Aaron Rodgers was a bit lucky that the defensive back couldn't quite track the ball, and it sailed through his arms to Adams, who showed great focus in hauling in the ball. He kept things rolling with a great over the shoulder catch for a 50 yard completion with his third reception in the third quarter. His fourth catch was for a critical first down and featured Adams wide open on a slant. He then zigged and zagged his way around defenders to within the five yard line before the Eagles took him down. Adams has become a very reliable for his quarterback, a massive improvement from earlier in the season.
2016 Week 13 vs HOU (7 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
Adams biggest play (and only catch) could have had a bigger impact, but he stepped out of bounds before running for another 30 or so yards. Instead, he just had a 17-yard gain. He had multiple other chances to catch the ball, but he and Aaron Rodgers didn't seem to be on the same page. Many of the other targets were just off the mark, though Adams also couldn't hang on to a couple which were good passes.
2016 Week 14 vs SEA (6 / 4 / 104 / 1 rec)
Adams has really become a great asset to this offense, especially as a vertical threat. While still plagued by the occasional drop, Adams has become much more reliable and consistent, and as a result his role in the offense has ballooned. Adams was always talented, he just rarely seemed to be able to show it consistently. Adams scored in his very first target of the day, a 66-yard score down the sideline early in the first quarter. He had run right past the coverage, and had a step on cornerback Jeremy Lane, who subsequently fell as he tried to recover and make the tackle. Adams easily cruised in for the score. Adams again got a little distance on his defender on his next catch, a 26-yard throw down the opposite sideline in the second quarter. Adams was targeted on long passes two more times, once when he was overthrown by Aaron Rodgers and a second time in the end zone when backup Brett Hundley overthrew him--though in Hundley's defense he didn't have much room to work with on the sideline.
2016 Week 15 vs CHI (6 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
After weeks where the Packers receiver looked as if he had finally gotten rid of the hand yips which had made him drop so many passes in the past, Adams was back to missing out on big plays because of them. He had two huge drops in the end zone on Sunday. On the first he ran down the sideline and was open in the end zone. Aaron Rodgers dropped a perfect pass in front of him, hitting Adams in the hands. The ball bounced off those hands, though, and hit the turf. A quarter later, the Packers were first and goal from the 16 yard line after a penalty and Adams found himself even more wide open down the sideline in the end zone. The throw wasn't quite as perfectly placed, but it again hit him in the hands and subsequently also hit the turf. One hopes that this isn't the start of a trend and just a minor setback in what has been an exceptionally solid season for Adams.
2016 Week 16 vs MIN (7 / 4 / 44 / 1 rec)
Adams has been a bit of a "good news/bad news" guy the last few weeks. The good news is he caught his fourth touchdown in five weeks. The bad news is he had yet another big drop in the end zone. On that play, Aaron Rodgers threw a beautiful ball over two defenders and Adams extended his body and got his hands on it. He then bobbled it and dropped it to the turf. What causes people to pull their hair out about Adams is that he can do something like that and yet also make catches like the one he did to score his touchdown in the first quarter. On that play, a 20-yard score, Adams did a great job on his route, pushing his defender inside, and then leaving him behind with a nice cut before Rodgers delivered a perfect pass. Adams is capable of tremendous football, but also seems to be unable to get rid of his ongoing case of drops.
2016 Week 17 vs DET (9 / 6 / 31 / 2 rec)
With the Lions sitting on Jordy Nelson, the Packers needed Adams to step up and he did. It took a little time, though, and he had just one catch on three targets in the first half. He caught all but one of his second half targets though, including his third quarter touchdown pass. On that play, Jordy Nelson ran an underneath route to the outside, which delayed the coverage on Adams, who was running a post. He was wide open for the score.
2016 Week 18 vs NYG (12 / 8 / 125 / 1 rec)
Adams didn't see a target until the first play of the second quarter, but shortly thereafter Jordy Nelson went down with a rib injury and Adams had to step up--which he did. Adams put in work, making big plays throughout the rest of the game, including the first touchdown of the game for the Packers. It was the pass he caught two plays before it which might be the bigger play, though, as it was longer than the grand total of the yards the Packers had managed through the air previous to that pass and it seemed to juice the Green Bay offense. On the play, Adams lined up wide right, and looked like he was going to get double covered with safety Leon Hall coming over the top. Right before the play, Hall drifted towards the middle of the field instead, leaving Adams in single coverage. Adams easily beat corner Eli Apple for a critical 31-yard play. Not long after, Rodgers was scrambling and looking for a receiver in the end zone. Adams was being contained by his defender--almost standing still--but when he saw Rodgers step up towards the line of scrimmage, he shoved past the cornerback to get outside, where Rodgers delivered a perfect throw.
2015 Week 1 vs CHI (8 / 4 / 59 / 0 rec)
Adams and quarterback Aaron Rodgers seemed to have a few issues getting on the same page Sunday, as their timing was definitely off. After a rough first few throws though, they were able to get in sync and Adams made a few nice catches. One of the best was a low catch he made along the sideline early in the third quarter. On the play, Adams was well covered downfield, until he stopped short and turned. Rodgers' pass was low and out of bounds where only Adams could reach it, which he did, making a nice catch before falling out of bounds. While James Jones got the touchdowns, Adams actually got more targets (8 compared to Jones' 4), so he was very involved in the offense, it's just a matter of getting into a better rhythm with Rodgers.
2015 Week 2 vs SEA (5 / 5 / 33 / 0 rec)
Adams missed a chunk of the first half with an ankle injury, and had to suffer through coverage by Richard Sherman for much of the rest of the game. While many thought Adams would be a break-out candidate, that hasn't happened yet as James Jones and Randall Cobb have been on the receiving end of big games so far. On the plus side, he was one of the top targets in Week 1 and he caught all of his targets this Sunday. Some of his lack of work probably came from missing so much of the first half, so by the time he came back into the game he was out of sync with the offense. When it was clicking for him though, he did a solid job of creating some space when Sherman wasn't totally focused on him.
2015 Week 8 vs DEN (2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
In his first game back since he left the game against Kansas City in Week 3, Adams struggled to get on the same page as his quarterback. Adams dropped one easy pass from Aaron Rodgers and on another play, Rodgers didn't see a wide open Adams on a drag route. Add in to the mix an intense pass rush from the Denver Broncos and Adams just couldn't connect up with his quarterback.
2015 Week 9 vs CAR (11 / 7 / 93 / 0 rec)
After having to deal with injuries, Ty Montgomery taking his snaps and a time-share with James Jones, Adams finally had his 2015 coming out party. He started off with a very nice catch of an Aaron Rodgers pass which was low so that only Adams could make a play. Adams did an excellent job of scooping the ball and holding onto it while the defensive back tried to knock it away. Adams' targets and catches were split almost down the middle between the two halves of the game and he was the one consistent receiver for Rodgers in terms of getting open and making a play.
2015 Week 10 vs DET (21 / 10 / 79 / 0 rec)
With Randall Cobb getting a ton of attention, Aaron Rodgers turned to Davante Adams instead. It was a hit and miss day for Rodgers/Adams, as Rodgers' accuracy was erratic, but overall Adams stepped up many times to make some nice catches. On one, an 11-yard catch on a slant route in the early second quarter, Adams put a nice move on the defender before he entered his break, then made a tremendous one-handed grab. Adams made a few of these types of grabs--under duress on short slants and long passes--but also suffered from a lot of the issues which plagued the rest of the offense as Rodgers struggled with getting the ball to his receivers. Overall, Adams played well and stepped up when the team needed someone to, even if the result wasn't enough to overcome the overall offensive doldrums.
2015 Week 11 vs MIN (4 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)
With James Jones and Randall Cobb playing well, Davante Adams didn't see the ball all that much, though he caught three of his four targets. It could change on Thanksgiving, as he and Jones seems to trade off weeks.
2015 Week 12 vs CHI (11 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Adams has not been good the last few weeks. Among his issues on Thanksgiving, he seemed to slow down on a deep route when fell well in front of him in the first quarter, got picked on a route which resulted in an interception and had about four drops (one pass was a little high). Adams was brutal overall and hasn't just been disappointing--his mistakes have actively hurt the Packers
2015 Week 13 vs DET (7 / 4 / 21 / 1 rec)
Adams' biggest play was his 8-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter. On the play he ran a short, skinny post but couldn't shake his coverage despite a little shake move mid-route. While still bracketed by two receivers, Adams still saw a throw from Aaron Rodgers which was high and where only he seemed to be able to get it. Adams didn't drop it and hauled it in for the score. Other than that, Adams continued to be streaky showing both very good skills and drops or blunders that make one want to pull out their hair.
2015 Week 14 vs DAL (3 / 2 / 12 / 0 rec)
Adams was unimpressive again during the second half of Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys, and the result seemed to be a benching as he was mostly absent from the field of play in the second half. The worst part of his day was an offensive pass interference call in the first half and was probably the final straw for head coach Mike McCarthy. Ty Montgomery is set to return soon, so this could be the end of Adams season.
2015 Week 15 vs OAK (8 / 5 / 32 / 0 rec)
Adams got a lot of opportunity but executed on very little of it as he struggled to gain any separation, fought the ball when he tried to catch it and generally remained an unreliable option for Aaron Rodgers. That despite this he continues to get chances is a testament of how much Rodgers misses Jordy Nelson, a guy who can step up and make big plays. Adams gets his chances but just doesn't go that extra mile to make a catch the way Nelson does.
2015 Week 16 vs ARI (6 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec)
It seems that, for every one thing Adams does well, he wipes it out with something bad. Case in point, his 38-yard catch in the third quarter which he followed up with a delay of game penalty for spiking the ball. It was a foolish thing to do, especially down 24-0. On the play, the Cardinals safety failed to shift over to Adams and so the receiver was wide open. He got to stand on the sideline after that for costing his team five yards.
2015 Week 17 vs MIN (6 / 4 / 54 / 0 rec)
Adams actually played relatively well and on his very first catch in the second quarter, he made a catch on a short route, then slipped a tackle before running for an extra 20 yards. Adams was never quite able to slip away from a tackler again though he almost managed it on a 17-yard catch down the middle of the field where he nearly stayed on his feet after a hit. Overall though, while he did well, he wasn't used all that much and had some issues breaking open on too many routes which probably explains his poor target total.
2014 Week 2 vs NYJ (7 / 5 / 50 / 0 rec)
Rookie Davante Adams caught a lot of balls on short routes, but he made a key catch with just 20 second left in the first half. On a third and ten play, Adams ran a slant as quarterback Aaron Rodgers slipped out of the pocket to avoid the rush. Adams caught the pass in stride as he crossed the first down marker and then added another 15 yards before being brought down at the six yard line. Adams is still a bit raw, but he showed some reliable hands and good speed and could find himself with more chances if he keeps it up.
2014 Week 3 vs DET (3 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)
On his very first target, rookie Davante Adams had the ball thrown behind him by quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who appeared to have expected Adams to turn immediately at the line. Rodgers was very frustrated with the rookie and didn't throw his way again until the third quarter where the Packers ran virtually the exact same play, but Rodgers threw the ball high and wide behind Adams, who made a great catch before being tackled just two yards downfield. Overall it was a rough day for Adams, as it was for all the receivers, and he will have to do better to earn No. 12's trust on a regular basis.
2014 Week 4 vs CHI (3 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Adams had a really quiet day, but was the target on one of the best passes for a touchdown which didn't count. On that play, Adams ran a fly route on the left side of the offense, as quarterback Aaron Rodgers scrambled to avoid pressure. After ducking a pair of tackles, Rodgers threw a bomb to Adams, who had a few steps on two defenders. Adams made an easy catch for the score, but it was called back for a holding penalty by rookie center Corey Linsley. Adams did a great job of continuing his route and working to get open for his quarterback, then being ready for the pass just in case. Adams did have a drop on a low pass from Rodgers but otherwise ran solid routes and seems to be progressing as a receiver each week.
2014 Week 5 vs MIN (4 / 1 / 11 / 1 rec)
Aaron Rodgers seems to be starting to trust Davante Adams more over the last few weeks and the rookie receiver has ended up as the No. 3 receiver in the offense as a result. The highlight of his day was an 11-yard touchdown reception off a slant route in the second quarter to put the Packers ahead 28-0. Adams fell down when he was open on another route, but other than that he is improving his route-running and showing more ability to gain separation than he seemed to possess to start the season.
2014 Week 6 vs MIA (8 / 6 / 77 / 0 rec)
Adams looked great against the Dolphins and was completely in sync with Rodgers. Adams was explosive in and out of his breaks and a threat after the catch as well. He is clearly a top receiving option for Rodgers (along with Nelson and Cobb) and was heavily involved from start to finish. The first two plays of the game were both Adams catches for a combined 23 yards as he lined up by himself on the right in a 3-WR set. Adams had a pair of key third down grabs gaining 11 on 3rd-and-9 and 7 on 3rd-and-4 to prolong Packer drives. With time running out in the 4th, Adams was targeted after Rodgers faked a spike. Adams grabbed the ball and muscled his way upfield before smartly getting out of bounds at the 4-yard-line to stop the clock and setup the game winner to Quarless.
2014 Week 7 vs CAR (1 / 1 / 21 / 1 rec)
The rookie was targeted just once but made it count, running a 10-yard post and finding an opening between defenders. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers delivered a perfect pass, hitting Adams in stride. Adams was almost across the goal line by the time a defender got a hand on him.
2014 Week 8 vs NO (9 / 7 / 75 / 0 rec)
The play where Davante Adams had the most impact was not a positive one, as he was more than a little responsible for Aaron Rodgers' second interception. On that play, Adams ran a short in and had nobody covering him--the corner was five yards behind him, towards the sideline. He was wide open and the route was supposed to be a quick one across the middle but he paused and didn't take advantage of the coverage. Rodgers was throwing a pass on a timing route, so he's throwing to where Adams is supposed to be. Adams wasn't there, but got a hand on it anyway, which sent the ball into the air and then into the hands of a Saints defender. That's an experience problem and should disappear after Adams is in the league a tad longer, but it cost the Packers Sunday night.
2014 Week 10 vs CHI (2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Adams saw very little work with Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb going off. On his first target, he caught the ball short of the first down but fought and clawed his way for the extra yard and a new set of downs. On the second target, Adams appeared to have both hands on the ball and either dropped it or it was knocked out of his hands by cornerback Tim Jennings, though it was too hard to see clearly.
2014 Week 11 vs PHI (2 / 2 / 13 / 1 rec)
Adams started off in about a great a fashion as you can ask for--with a touchdown on his very first target. On the play, Adams ran a short slant towards the end zone, where Aaron Rodgers hit him with a pass. Adams had to fight his way across the goal line, and while he was pushed back, he broke the goal line plane before the defenders could stop him. Adams showed some great effort and willingness to make the score on the play. He then disappeared until the third quarter, as Rodgers was having no issue firing off passes at Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson. He caught another ball early in the third quarter, again on a slant. He caught the ball in stride and was able to gain the first down by showing some extra effort again. He was the target of one of backup Matt Flynn's passes in the fourth quarter and while the throw was a bit off, it looked like Adams might have been able to make the catch had he laid out for it. It wouldn't have mattered as the Packers were flagged for a personal foul, but you like to see the effort.
2014 Week 12 vs MIN (4 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Rookie Davante Adams didn't have much to do against the Vikings, though he did make a nice catch on a high throw in the middle of the first quarter. He was wide open along the right sideline on the play. If Aaron Rodgers had been able to throw a little better pass, he might have given Adams a chance to gain some extra yards after the reception. Adams' only other play of note was getting flagged for an illegal block in the back.
2014 Week 13 vs NE (11 / 6 / 121 / 0 rec)
With Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson covered by Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner, quarterback Aaron Rodgers turned to his rookie receiver for help. For the most part, Davante Adams responded, and made some nice catches during the game. One miscue almost cost the team early though as a ricochet off of Adams' hands almost landed in Revis'. Rodgers tried to sneak the ball past cornerback Ryan Logan, but Logan reached up and tipped it. The ball then bounced up to and then off Adams' hands. The pass wasn't the best idea but Adams could have done a better job of getting open. There were several other passes just out of Adams' reach, and it seemed for a while like Rodgers hadn't adjusted to his younger receivers speed. But Rodgers also was happy to treat Adams as if he was as reliable as the other two, including throwing a few passes along the sideline which Adams couldn't haul in. One in particular could have been a touchdown if he could have kept both feet in bounds while making the catch, something Nelson does routinely. Still it is a good thing to see that Rodgers has a high degree of trust in his rookie receiver and that could pay dividends for this offense down the road, much like it did Sunday.
2014 Week 14 vs ATL (4 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
As it was an "all Jordy Nelson" kind of night, Adams was another player left out in the cold. Adams looked good running routes, but was so far down on the pecking order--below Nelson, Randall Cobb, Eddie Lacy and occasionally James Starks--that Rodgers rarely has been getting low enough in his progressions to use him. There was one key third down where Adams seemed to be doing something other than what his quarterback was expecting and the two missed each other, but luckily the Packers didn't end up losing the lead or the game because of it.
2014 Week 15 vs BUF (4 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Adams has really cooled off from when he played so well in the middle of this season and has now become an afterthought most weeks. It didn't help that, like everyone else, he and Aaron Rodgers seemed not only on different pages, but separate books. Adams had the second worst drop of the game (the absolute worst being Jordy Nelson's drop of a sure-fire 94-yard touchdown) in the second quarter when he was wide open and the Packers were desperate for a first down. While the pass was a bit off, he got his hands on it and should have pulled it in. He didn't, and the ball fell incomplete. He did make a nice catch a short time later as he hauled in a ball in tight coverage but overall he wasn't terribly impressive.
2014 Week 16 vs TB (4 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Davante Adams seems to have hit the rookie wall, as his production is still much lower than it was near the middle of the season. It also hurts his cause when Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson are as automatic as they were on Sunday. Adams has good hands and runs a nice route, but seems to have issues when a defender challenges him during a catch. That should change with time, but it limits his role in the offense for now.
2014 Week 19 vs DAL (11 / 7 / 117 / 1 rec)
The problem with stopping the Green Bay Packers offense is that you can stop one weapon, maybe two, but there are three or four others who can step in if need be and beat you. Sunday was rookie Davante Adams' day. Early on, Adams and quarterback Aaron Rodgers didn't seem to be on the same page, with Rodgers overthrowing his receiver or just plain missing him. Then the two started to sync up, with Rodgers hitting Adams on a lot of short passes, which the rookie would then try to turn upfield. Slowly but surely, the defense was creeping up a little on Adams, trying to get into better position to block or perhaps pick up the consistently short passes. Which is when the two changed things up. With 1:52 left in the third quarter, and Green Bay trailing 21-13, Adams ran an intermediate route down the middle of the field, but while he slowed down just a little, he didn't stop and cut back as he had all day. The defender did seem to stop short, and when Rodgers delivered the ball, had to lunge for it. He missed, Adams caught the ball and then turned upfield to run the rest of the way for the score, showing off some good speed, acceleration and agility as he out-ran and out-maneuvered four Dallas defenders.
2014 Week 20 vs SEA (3 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
After a huge day during the Divisional round, Adams was a non-factor in the Conference round. The Packers often don't repeat the same plays week to week, so it's no surprise they shifted away from Adams this week, especially as he saw a lot of cornerback Richard Sherman. They did test Sherman once on a 3rd and 10 in the first quarter, with Adams on a deep route. The rookie had a couple of steps on Sherman but, Rodgers' delivery was a little late, a little short and inside rather than outside of the receiver. Adams had to slow down and leap for it, but Sherman was able to get it instead for the pick. Normally, that's a throw Rodgers throws long and outside, to protect the ball from the defender, but this time he wasn't and the result was an interception.