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Davante Adams: Put Up or Shut Up

Many NFL commentators believe a highly-drafted player can keep his status on the depth chart for up to two years on that basis alone. After that, talent and production is going to determine who plays.

If this is the case, no one is more under the gun this preseason than receiver Davante Adams, a second-round draft choice in 2014.

After so much hype and hope in 2015, Adams regressed after a promising rookie year.

Statistics, however, suggest that Adams has been a mediocre target for quarterback Aaron Rodgers for both of his seasons in Green Bay.

Adams got an almost identical number of snaps in his first two seasons (739 vs. 762). Rodgers targeted Adams only 66 times during his rookie year. Of those 66, only 38 were completions, a lowly 57.6 percent completion rate.

Let’s create a new statistic — yards per target.

In 2014, Adams came in at 6.76 ypt. That was behind Andrew Quarless (7.02), Eddie Lacy (7.76), Jordy Nelson (10.13) and Randall Cobb (10.21).

You might expect Adams to be behind Nelson and Cobb, but Lacy — a running back — and Quarless?

In 2015, Adams had a dismal yards per target average of 5.19. While the whole receivers group had a down year, Adams trailed Richard Rodgers (6.0), Cobb (6.42), James Starks (7.40) and James Jones (8.9).

Meanwhile, he caught only 53.8 percent of the passes thrown his way for the year.

Low number of targets and low completion percentage usually indicate that a receiver isn’t gaining much separation from defenders.

Throwing to Adams simply hasn’t been a very productive strategy for the Packers two years running.

We’re not putting much stock in the early depth chart. Most of us doubt that Adams is the presumptive third receiver, behind Nelson and Cobb, at this point. The competition for WR3 appears to be wide open.

If he’s to win the job, Adams’ on-field preseason performance needs to best that of his rivals.

And if it doesn’t?

So long, Davante!


Rob Born

I’m with Matt: “You gotta make those chunk plays!”



  1. MJ July 21, 2016

    Maybe “so long” is excessive, but he’ll be warming the bench if he doesn’t show up.

    1. Tucson Packer July 21, 2016

      Then again, “so long” might not be too far away. We’ve got White Chocolate back, not to mention the stirrings and some late season display by Janis. Then, well, look at the WRs already in Green Bay’s wheel house… just saying.

  2. Tucson Packer July 21, 2016

    I seem to remember Adams having a case of the butterfingers as well. There were some crucial catches last season where he just didn’t make the grab.

    Very surprised at Lacy’s stats there, nice job, Rob.

  3. Howard July 21, 2016

    Adams and Rodgers have not been on the same page on back shoulder throws and routes down the sidelines. Sometimes it looks ugly. When Rodgers and Adams are on the same page Adams tends to drop the ball. In all fairness to Adams he has not had substantially more drops than Jordy or Jones in their early years. The drops just look worse because of the problem with Adams and Rodgers not clicking on other plays, and Adams drops happening at the worst times.

    I hope Adams shows up this year for the entire year. If Adams does not prove he is WR 3 or 4, Adams will have to show he can contribute on special teams. I do not believe your No. 4, 5, or 6 WR can just sit on the bench without contributing on special teams.

  4. the real russ letlow July 21, 2016

    ” Davante Adams – Put Up or Shut UP” – enough said right there.

  5. Vijay-jay July 21, 2016

    How is it possible that with such limited information, I picked Allen Robinson Pro Bowler ahead of Davante in the same round/ draft class? He (Robinson) and Travis Kelce (over Lacy) would have paid bigger dividends to Green Bay I feel. Woulda coulda shoulda.

  6. PF4L July 23, 2016

    I’m not a huge Adams fan by any means, i’d much rather have a healthy Montgomery. But i see him having a better year than last year. Based on the fact that defenses have other weapons to defend with Nelson, and Cook. The days of double covering Cobb, and occasionally Adams, are over. (barring injurys). this free’s everyone up, including the playbook. I’m pumped up about this 2016 offense.

  7. jtmax July 26, 2016

    We don’t have many years left of Rodgers so I hope the coaches really put the best receivers on the field right now to max our chance at Superbowl. If Adams do not improve in preseason and Janis, Abby and Davis keeps rising, then we must move on. No sense in dragging it out. If he’s not good by now, he’s never going to get it.