The Green Bay Packers were one of the most disappointing contenders last season thanks in large part to problems they had with their offense. After many injuries to their offensive line and receiving corps, some players were unable to step up and help fill the void. One of those players was second-year receiver Davante Adams, and because of his mediocre play he may be in danger of losing his job heading into the 2016 NFL season.
Adams was a second-round pick by the Packers in the 2014 NFL Draft after having a terrific career at Fresno State. He was one of Derek Carr’s favorite receivers and over two years, Adams had over 3,000 receiving yards and a ridiculous 38 touchdowns. He was supposed to come in and be the Packers’ third receiver and finish their excellent group of receiving weapons.
However, Adams failed to make the leap between his first and second seasons. Despite seeing significantly more playing time and many more targets, he played worse. His catch rate dropped by four percent and he tied for 12th in the league with six drops. He also saw his yards per catch drop by two yards and only recorded one touchdown on the year. This was all despite being the team’s de facto No. 2 wideout.
Now, the Packers are going to have a decision to make about Adams’ future. The team has Jordy Nelson coming back from a torn ACL and Randall Cobb will be fully healthy as well. In addition to them, the team has second-year player Ty Montgomery coming off of an injury and special teams stud Jeff Janis is still on the team.
Other young players like Jared Abbrederis, Trevor Davis and undrafted free agent Geronimo Allison will also be battling for roster spots. Odds are, one of these players will beat out Adams by showing more potential. Adams will really have to prove that he is willing to work hard to become a better No. 3 option for Aaron Rodgers.
If Adams does not make the cut in Green Bay, he will probably get a chance elsewhere. Still, this is a make-or-break offseason for Adams, and he must impress in the preseason if he wants another chance to play for one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.