1) Introduction: Davante Adams was drafted with the 53rd pick in the 2014 NFL draft from Fresno State where he was Derek Carr’s top receiver. In college Davante set Fresno State records for receptions and touchdowns. In 2013 he grabbed eight more touchdowns than any other player in college football. His potential is sky high but for this season expectations were low.
- Age: 22
- Born: December 24, 1992
- Height: 6′ 1″
- Weight: 215 lbs.
- College: Fresno State
- Rookie Year: 2014
- NFL Experience: Rookie
3) Expectations coming into the season: Rookie receivers for the Packers typically do not see much playing time and because of this, not much was expected out of Adams. If Adams could see a little bit of playing time and get his feet wet while simply flashing some potential, many would be happy with the year he had. He was expected to hold down the number four receiver position behind Cobb, Nelson, and Boykin.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: The highlight of Adams’ season had to be the playoff game against Dallas. He went off for 117 yards on 7 receptions and one touchdown. The touchdown he scored against Dallas was a 46 yard beauty that showed off his ability to make plays in the open field after the catch by freezing his defender and then running right by him. It was a clutch time to have his longest play of the season. In that same game Adams also made a key third down play on the final drive on a very impressive grab that required him to out-physical the defender for the ball in the air.
Davante’s rookie season was full of ups and downs with lots to look at in terms of low-lights. Most notably, like there are with most rookie receivers, were consistency issues. Adams was forced into a bigger role than perhaps he was ready for and that role got bigger each week as the season went on as he saw more snaps and Boykin saw fewer and fewer. He was great against Dallas in the NFC divisional round game, but the previous game, a week 17 showdown against Detroit and the next game, the NFC Championship game against Seattle, saw Adams combine for one catch for seven yards. Part of the consistency wasn’t just his production, but his dropped passes. Adams dropped almost 10 percent of the catchable passes thrown his away this year. Most notably a big dropped touchdown pass against the Patriots that almost ended up costing the Packers the game.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: In two of the biggest games of the year, (Dallas and New England) Adams showed up to have his two best games. It was nice to see him show up in key games, however in the other two big games this season (Detroit and Seattle) he completely disappeared. He finished the season with 446 yards and three touchdowns in the regular season. All-in-all it was a nice rookie season for Adams that saw him make some big plays in big games, but at the end of the day his impact wasn’t huge as a number three receiver.
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: As mentioned earlier, the game Adams had against Dallas was fantastic, he showed his potential and the reason why the Packers took him in the second round of the 2014 NFL draft. The touchdown he had in that game was one of the top plays of the year for the Packers and his third down catch on the final drive was equally as impressive. However his total disappearance against Seattle was disheartening with only one catch for seven yards and allowing Richard Sherman to out play him on a jump ball in the end zone on the Packers first drive that would result in an interception for Sherman.
7) Intangibles: Davante has the hands, speed, and after the catch ability to be as good as he wants to be. He is also a little bit different than Cobb and Nelson in that he appears to have a little more swaggar, that may just come from being a young guy and in the first year of the system, but I think it’s a good thing to have a change of pace in the group. He also differs from Cobb and Nelson in that he appears to be a little more physical than them. He is definitely a good add to the group. His confidence is through the roof and will be as good as he wants to be.
Season Report Card (Player Grades):
(B) Level of expectations met during the season
(C) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(C+) Contributions to team during the playoffs
Overall Grade: C+
As a rookie receiver, I probably give Davante Adams a B overall but at the end of the day there are no excuses for being a rookie, the Packers needed the production, so I bumped it down to a C+. Pro Football Focus has Adams’ season rated as the 8th worst rookie receiving season in the last 8 years (which covers 288 receivers), I have to respectively disagree.——————
Mike Reuter lives in the Twin Cities and is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas. He is a mobile tech enthusiast, a 19 year Gopher Football season ticket holder and a huge Packers fan. Mike is a writer with AllGreenBayPackers.com and you can follow him on twitter at @uofmike.