Davante Adams Pushing for Packers Third WR Spot

Vincent Frank
Written by Vincent Frank

Green Bay Packers rookie wide receiver Davante Adams, who was selected in the second round of the 2014 draft, has been incredibly impressive thus far in camp. And he now has a clear shot at earning the all-important No. 3 wide receiver job in Green Bay’s wide receiver reliant offense. 

According to an article by Rob Demovsky of ESPN, Adams continues to shine in camp. 

The way Adams cuts in and out of his breaks with ease has reminded the Packers of a young Greg Jennings, who was perhaps the best route runner this team has had in the last decade or more. Because of that, Adams is making a strong push for the No. 3 receiver spot behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb.

The comparison to Greg Jennings is interesting in that many perceived experts viewed Adams as a raw prospect coming out of Fresno State, where he ran a limited route tree. I have always indicated that the route-tree argument is overblown. Until a young receiver proves he is unable to run professional-leval routes, no one should question his ability to do so. It’s still something that draftniks look at when scouting a young player. In this, Adams seems to have improved.

Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb had this to say about his new teammate.

We noticed that the first day he got here. He’s really smooth…He adds another dimension to our team,” Cobb said of Adams. “You can see that he has that playmaking ability, so I’m excited for him.

Adams is currently engaged in a battle with 2013 breakout star Jarrett Boykin for the third spot behind Jordy Nelson and Cobb.

For those of us who scouted Adams in-depth prior to the 2014 NFL draft, this isn’t too much of a surprise. He’s a dynamic play-maker with an ability to stretch the field on the outside. I personally had Adams with a top-20 grade prior to the draft in May. If he’s able to earn that third spot, the dynamic of lining Adams out wide opposite Nelson with Cobb in the slot has to be a scary proposition for opposing defenses.

Adams makes his NFL preseason debut against the Tennessee Titans this Saturday.

Photo: USA Today

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Vincent Frank

Vincent Frank

Editor-at-large, Sportsnaut.

“You were born with wings, why prefer to crawl through life?” Rumi