Win, lose or draw, Davante Adams continues to shine for the Green Bay Packers.
The Packers came up short for a third time this season, falling 29-27 to the Los Angeles Rams at the Coliseum Sunday. Had
Green Bay not fumbled away the football in the closing minutes, it might have become the first team to defeat the Rams (8-0) this season.
Take away that turnover and
Adams would likely have returned to the field for one last push. It’s hard to imagine the fifth-year receiver out of Fresno State not contributing in some important manner on what could have been a sweet finish for the underdogs from Wisconsin.
While the Packers (3-3-1) continue to frustrate,
Adams excels. Ten months removed from having signed a lucrative $58-million dollar, four-year contract extension, Adams is more than holding up his end of the deal.
Adams grabbed five passes for 133 yards in
Los Angeles. Though he did not reach the end zone, three of his catches stretched for 20 or more yards and four moved the chains.
His first grab, a 48-yarder down the sideline, set up
Green Bay’s first touchdown, a 1-yard plunge by running back Jamaal Williams. His second catch, a 9-yarder, was the first play of a drive capped by Mason Crosby’s 53-yard field goal early in the second half.
Still, with that much time and needing only a field goal, the Packer were very much alive. They were, that is, until Ty Montgomery chose to return rather than down the subsequent kickoff in the end zone, a decision that resulted in the game’s only turnover.
From there, the Rams ran out the clock while the Packers’ most productive receiver remained on the sidelines.
How productive is
Adams? He’s on pace for a career year. He leads the Green and Gold with 52 receptions for 690 yards and six touchdowns.
Those 52 catches are the most by a Packer in the first seven games of a season. Sterling Sharpe, with 50 in 1993, had held the record.
Pick a receiving category and
Adams is likely at the top. He’s No. 1 in targets (78), 20-yard receptions (9) and receiving first downs (29).
Projected over 16 games,
Adams' numbers swell to 119 catches for 1,577 yards. Both totals would be team records.
James Lofton is the only other Packer to have hit or exceeded 125 in three straight games in the same season. He did so in 1984.
No. 17 has now played in 66 regular-season games for
Green Bay. In that time, he has caught 289 passes.
Only two other Packers accumulated more in their first 66 games: Cobb (297) and Sharpe (294).
For Adams, who won’t turn 26 until Christmas Eve, the future is as bright as the
California sun. Expect the Packers to continue to lean on him as they battle for an opportunity to play in January.
Seven Inning Stretches
Packers players with the most receptions in their first seven games of a season.
No. Player Year Yards Avg. TD
52 Davante Adams 2018 690 13.27 6
50 Sterling Sharpe 1993 564 11.28 7
47 Don Hutson 1942 915 19.47 13
47 Jordy Nelson 2014 712 15.15 6
44 Don Hutson 1944 632 14.36 5
44 Sterling Sharpe 1992 662 15.05 5
42 Sterling Sharpe 1994 462 11.00 5
42 Edgar Bennett 1994 266 6.33 1
42 Greg Jennings 2011 677 16.12 5
Packers with 250 or more receptions after their first 66 regular-season games.
No. Player Years
297 Randall Cobb 2011-2015
294 Sterling Sharpe 1988-1992
289 Davante Adams 2014-2018
288 Antonio Freeman 1995-1999
272 Greg Jennings 2006-2010
262 Bill Howton 1952-1957
253 Ahman Green 2000-2004250 James Lofton 1978-1982
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