We all know Aaron Rodgers isn’t doing his best work this year. Davante Adams is doing his.
He has his first 1,000-yard season with five games to go. Adams has 77 catches for 1,022 yards and 10 touchdowns so far this season.
Adams is on a pace for 112 receptions, which would tie Sterling Sharpe’s franchise record, and 1,486 yards, which would’t put him far from the team’s yardage record, held by Jordy Nelson, who had 1,519 yards in 2014.
Still, Adams doesn’t really get mentioned as one of the top receivers in the league. And that pisses Adams off.
“I feel like if you ask people,” Adams said, “certain people will say that I’m a top receiver. But if you ask people to name their top receivers, they won’t mention me. So that’s where the disrespect is coming from. I don’t think they say, ‘Davante Adams sucks.’ But they think that top five, they put the same celebrities in there every time.”
Antonio Brown. DeAndre Hopkins. Julio Jones. A.J. Green. ODB. Michael Thomas. Tyreek Hill… probably need to throw that prick Adam Thielen in now…
Is Adams better or more productive than any of those guys.
Sixth in catches. Eighth in receiving yards. Fourth in touchdowns.
All great stats. But top five receivers?
Top two? Top Three?
Adams isn’t far from this conversation. He’s proven himself a true No. 1 receiver this season. He’s made plenty of plays for the Packers. He’s been among the league leaders in touchdowns for three seasons. The dude can ball.
But would you take, let’s say, Julio Jones instead?
This isn’t to take anything away from Adams. He’s not the quickest guy in the league, nor has he ever have been. However, he’s proven that he gets off the line about as well as anyone, can run routes precisely, make the catches — sometimes difficult — and can high-point the ball when needed to. Adams is never going to blow by anyone, but Aaron Rodgers can trust him and he often makes very difficult catches.
And good. Feel disrespected.
Feel disrespected and go out there and prove everyone wrong. Fuck everyone up.
The only thing is your quarterback is Aaron Rodgers. On one hand, he can make you look good. On the other, he’s never going to toss up a ball where you can be DeAndre Hopkins. So, double-edged sword there.