It is conceivable the biggest disappointment on the entire Green Bay Packers roster last season was Davante Adams. His lack of development after a good rookie season was a huge factor in the offense’s lackluster campaign. The Packers ability to send out a quality 3rd receiver is going to make a major impact on their ability to return to being one of the best offenses in the league.
Adams was called out for his lack of preparation during the season. By all accounts he has taken that to heart this offseason, by showing up to offseason workouts in tremendous shape. It will be important for him to get on the same page with Aaron Rodgers early, to help re-develop rapport, and to show he is committed to being a professional football player. Hopefully, he will play mad this season and spend less time playing Madden.
With Jordy Nelson occupying the defense’s attention on one side of the field and Randall Cobb and Jared Cook in the middle, Adams should have a lot of one-on-one opportunities. Rodgers has historically taken advantage of those matchups, and with an improved Adams the connection should flourish. His additional strength, combined with his athletic gifts will allow him to win on the jump balls and quick slants Rodgers loves throwing in the Red Zone.
There has been talk about Adams having to fight for his roster position this offseason. I believe his drops were largely caused by his timing being off on routes, and not being in good position when the ball arrived. My belief is Davante Adams will lock up his roster spot very early, win the 3rd WR spot, and turn into a more athletic version of James Jones. I foresee a season where Adams has between 12-14 Touchdowns and around 1,000 yards receiving.
This is part 2 of my Bold Predictions Series. I’ll review these predictions at the midpoint and end of the season, so everyone can praise or rip me unmercilessly.
Andrew Mertig is a a lifelong Packers fan and draft enthusiast. He has covered the NFL draft for radio and television stations in Green Bay. He is currently a host of the Pack-A-Day podcast and a writer for PackersTalk.com. You can follow him on Twitter @andrewmertig