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The Most Important Green Bay Packers: Davante Adams Has Become The NFL’s Best Wide Receiver

By News Creatives Authors , in Business , at January 1, 1970

The Green Bay Packers went 13-3 last season, won the NFC North and reached the NFC Championship Game for a second straight year. The Packers lost to Tampa Bay, though, 31-26, in the conference title game and the offseason has been packed with drama.

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Quarterback Aaron Rodgers insisted throughout the offseason he wanted out of Green Bay. Rodgers was back for the Packers’ first practice of the season on Wednesday, though, and insists he’s all-in moving forward.

We’re counting down the ‘30 Most Important Packers’ heading into the 2021 campaign. At No. 2 is wide receiver Davante Adams.

The other players that have been revealed in the top-30 are listed at the bottom of the story.

No. 2

WR Davante Adams

Last season: Adams was the No. 1 rated wide receiver in football by Pro Football Focus last season.

Adams set a franchise record with 115 receptions and posted 1,374 receiving yards (11.9 avg.) despite missing two games. He also matched Sterling Sharpe’s single-season team record for receiving touchdowns (18) set in 1994.

Adams became the first player in NFL history to register 100-plus receptions and 18-plus receiving TDs in a season. He led the NFL in receiving TDs, receiving yards per game (98.1) and receptions per game (8.2), becoming the first NFL player to lead the league in all three categories since Sharpe in 1992.

Adams earned first-team All-Pro honors from The Associated Press, the first Packers wide receiver to receive first-team recognition since Antonio Freeman in 1998. He also earned first-team All-NFL honors from the Pro Football Writers Association and was selected to his fourth straight Pro Bowl.

Career to date: Adams had a solid rookie season in 2014, then struggled mightily after a season-ending injury to Jordy Nelson in 2015.

Adams caught 50 passes in 2015, but averaged a pedestrian 9.7 yards per reception and just 3.0 yards after the catch. Adams dropped 12 of the 96 passes thrown his way in 2015 (12.5%), and Pro Football Focus ranked him as the No. 118 receiver out of 119 that played at least 25% of their team’s snaps.

In the years since, though, not only has Adams saved his career, but he’s now widely considered the top receiver in football.

In the 2016 and 2017 seasons, Adams had 22 touchdowns — the most by any receiver in the NFL. Adams was also the only player in football with at least 70 receptions and 10 touchdowns in those seasons.

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Adams signed a four-year, $58 million contract extension in Dec., 2017. Then instead of resting on his laurels, Adams had the finest year by a Packers receiver in quite some time in 2018.

Adams finished the 2018 campaign with 111 receptions, just one shy of Sterling Sharpe’s franchise mark of 112 set in 1993. Adams had 1,386 yards, the sixth-most in team history. And his 13 touchdowns tied for seventh in Packers history.

Adams followed that with another terrific year in 2019 when led the Packers with 83 receptions for 997 yards (12.0) and five touchdowns despite missing four games with a turf toe injury.

Adams set a Green Bay postseason record that season with 160 receiving yards in the Packers’ NFC Divisional playoff win over Seattle. He also had eight catches and a pair of touchdowns that night, then continued his magnificent rise with a brilliant 2020 season.

Outlook: Adams has an outstanding release, is a sensational route runner, has deceptive speed, terrific footwork and has become the leader of his positional group.

Much of the talk surrounding Adams this year, though, will undoubtedly center on his contract, which expires after the season.

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Adams wants to be the highest-paid receiver in football. When the elite wide receiver and the Packers couldn’t agree on an extension this summer, talks broke down.

“When things aren’t as smooth as what they should be or as simple. I wish that thing was like the NBA, where you get a max contract if you’re that type of guy, and it’s simple,” Adams said. “But apparently it’s not as simple as what it should be. And, you know, now we’re in a pretty tough spot.”

Where things go next remains to be seen.

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“I’m not a baby, so I’m not I’m not going to not show up, and I’m not complaining about it. At the end of the day, I’m not poor right now, you know I’ll be OK to get through and go and try to win a Super Bowl again. But yeah I have earned the right to be paid the highest in the league. If they don’t believe that or want to come to an agreement of, you know, kind of make me feel good about my contract.” — Adams on contract breakdowns with Green Bay

“I think there’s a little bit with that particular situation it’s how you interpret what the highest receiver in the National Football League is getting paid, you know what I mean? Certainly, I agree with him that he’s definitely worth that. We believe that, as well. I think there might be just a little bit of difference in what we believe is the highest paid receiver and what he might. I’m not going to get into the details of that. Again, we value him. He’s such a great player. He’s a warrior when he goes out there. Obviously, we would like to figure something out and will continue to work on that as we go.” — Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst on Adams

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“I mean you gotta love going against one of the best receivers in the league every snap in camp. I just think it makes us better, iron sharpens iron. Tae is one of the best. Whenever I can get that matchup, I’m drooling out the mouth.” — Packers Pro Bowl cornerback Jaire Alexander on facing Adams

THE TOP 30

• No. 30 — OG Jon Runyan

• No. 29 — ILB De’Vondre Campbell

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• No. 28 — WR/PR Amari Rodgers

• No. 27 — CB Chandon Sullivan

• No. 26 — ILB Krys Barnes

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• No. 25 — WR Allen Lazard

• No. 24 — CB Eric Stokes

• No. 23 — DE Kingsley Keke

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• No. 22 — OG Lucas Patrick

• No. 21 — RB AJ Dillon

• No. 20 — OLB Preston Smith

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• No. 19 — C Josh Myers

• No. 18 — CB Kevin King

• No. 17 — DE Dean Lowry

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• No. 16 — WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling

• No. 15 — TE Robert Tonyan

• No. 14 — OLB Rashan Gary

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• No. 13 — OL Billy Turner

• No. 12 — K Mason Crosby

• No. 11 — S Adrian Amos

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• No. 10 — S Darnell Savage

• No. 9 — NT Kenny Clark

• No. 8 — OL Elgton Jenkins

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• No. 7 — RB Aaron Jones

• No. 6 — QB Jordan Love

• No. 5 — CB Jaire Alexander

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• No. 4 — LT David Bakhtiari

• No 3 — OLB Za’Darius Smith

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