The Green Bay Packers need a lot of things to happen for their offense to start playing better — one of them is getting better play from Davante Adams.
When Jordy Nelson went down to with a season-ending injury back in August, Adams was supposed to be one of the players that could step up and fill his absence. Well, so far that has not come to fruition.
Even before Nelson’s injury, the Packers had high hopes for Adams. He was viewed by many, including myself as an ascending player, especially after he performed in the playoffs last season.
Yet injuries and ineffectiveness have reigned throughout Adams’ 2015 campaign. He missed multiple games with a nagging ankle injury and when he has played the past few weeks, he has been dreadfully ineffective.
Adams has struggled to create separation and when he has gotten open, he has failed to make the catch. He has also struggled to get on the same page with Rodgers.
Adams had received the second-most targets on the team, yet is just third in receiving yards and barely leads over Richard Rodgers and James Starks. He also has just four plays of 20 yards or more, while Randall Cobb has 14 and James Jones has 10. The second-year man from Fresno State has also failed to find the end zone.
Maybe his injury set him back farther than expected, but at this point he appears healthy and if the Packers offense is going to turn things around, Adams needs to be part of the solution. He needs to be able to beat man coverage and he has to alleviate some of the pressure on Randall Cobb.
The only way Adams is going to do that is to start making plays. If he doesn’t — he risks not only losing his spot in the offense, but also losing the trust of quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Bottom line: Adams has been a big part of the problem offensively now he needs to be part of the solution.