Packers 'anticipating' Davante Adams will make impact

Ryan Wood
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He has the trust of his quarterback. That much is clear. Aaron Rodgers, leading an undermanned offense the past few weeks, didn’t hesitate when asked whether second-year receiver Davante Adams could make a difference this week.

Green Bay Packers receiver Davante Adams runs away from New England Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan after making a catch at Lambeau Field last November.

Yes, Rodgers said, Adams could be the answer to a slumping offense.

“It could be,” Rodgers said. “I depends on his physical status. His ability is there. He’s got a lot of believers in the locker room and upstairs in what he can do. It’s just a matter of him being comfortable.”

Adams felt good enough in practice this week for the Packers to list him as probable on the Friday injury report. So, for the first time in more than a month, he should be on the field Sunday night when the team travels to play the Denver Broncos.

Alex Van Pelt, who coaches receivers and quarterbacks, agreed with Rodgers assessment. Van Pelt said Adams’ attributes – his combination of athleticism, size and fundamentals – is something the Packers offense has missed the past few weeks.

“He’s a dynamic player,” Van Pelt said. “He’s very athletic, very good hands, body coordination, ball skills, his vertical. He’s just a dynamic, athletic player with quickness that makes it a little different out there. He’s a different guy size-wise and movement ability than the other guys that are out there. So, yeah, I think he’ll definitely help us. I’m anticipating that.”

Adams has missed each of the past three games, which equates to half of the Packers season to this point. One of the games he did play – a Monday night matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs at the end of September – only lasted one possession before he exited with an ankle injury.

So he’s had a small sample size of work this season. His production (nine catches, 92 yards, no touchdowns) isn’t much. Still, there’s a reason Rodgers has unwavering confidence.

“You saw last year,” Rodgers said, “when he played with confidence and made some big-time plays in big games for us. So we’ve got to get back to him playing like that. I think it will be a quick transition. He’s a second-year player, but he’s a very mature player. He can do a lot for this offense if he gets opportunities.” and follow him on Twitter @ByRyanWood

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