Davante Adams’ 2019 campaign was nothing short of a rollercoaster year. For starters, Adams hauled in 83 catches for 997 yards and 5 touchdowns. For almost every wideout in the NFL, Adams’ production in 2019 would have been welcomed, yet for a player as dominant as Adams has been, last year was disappointing.
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Not only did Adams play in 12 games, but his effectiveness in the red zone saw a steep decline. From 2016 to 2018 Adams racked up 35 receiving touchdowns, averaging just shy of 12 touchdowns a season. Even if Adams had played all 16 games last year, he would have been on pace for about 7 touchdowns, a number well short of the double digit totals he’s used too.
Yet, with a disappointing season in the rearview mirror, what can fans expect from him in 2020? Firstly, Adams is still one of the NFL’s most elite wide receivers, and is up there with guys like Michael Thomas, Julio Jones, and DeAndre Hopkins. For those asking for the stats to back that up, Adams, in only 15 games, racked up 111 catches, 1386 yards, and 13 touchdowns in 2018.
However, it’s unlikely that Adams will ever reclaim those numbers going forward in Green Bay. The Packers have made it clear that they want to run the football via the moves they’ve made this offseason. Obviously, the emergence of Aaron Jones last season will lead Green Bay to run a more balanced offense, but drafting AJ Dillon, a true power back, late in the second round, even while having Jamaal Williams on the roster, reveals some of Matt Lafleur’s thought process.
Yet, when the Packers do throw the football, look out for Adams to be on the receiving end of it. Especially after the Packers missed out on drafting a wide receiver in favor of Jordan Love, Davante Adams remains the only legitimate NFL wideout in Green Bay. However, don’t underestimate guys like Devin Funchess, Allen Lazard, Equanimeous St. Brown, and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who can make an impact in the passing game.
Also, Adams has missed time in four out of his six seasons in the NFL, meaning that his ability to stay on the field may be in question. Even with all the things blocking him from reestablishing himself among the league’s best next season, Adams is still one of the best receivers in the NFL and is clearly Aaron Rodgers’ favorite target. Therefore, don’t be surprised if Davante Adams ends up putting up 1100 yards, 90 catches, and 7-8 touchdowns in 2020, as the Packers try to get back to the playoffs next season after losing in the NFC Conference Championship game last year.