Cory's Corner: Keep Doubting Davante Adams

One year ago to the day, the Packers showed just how much they valued Davante Adams. They rewarded his second straight season with double-digit receiving touchdowns to the tune of a four-year $58.75 million deal. 

I initially questioned making Adams the fourth-highest paid receiver in average salary in 2017. According Spotrac, Adams’ $14.5 million was higher than Alshon Jeffery, T.Y Hilton, Dez Bryant and yes, Julio Jones. 

I wasn’t just a little bit wrong, I was completely wrong. The Packers, and namely general manager Ted Thompson, deserve a heap of praise for not only having the foresight to see Adams’ greatness but also for saving the Packers money in the first two years of his contract. His cap hit goes from $10.8 million in 2019 to $16.6 million in 2020. 

And now, Adams has been worth every penny. Many people like to claim that Adams would be nothing without the services of Aaron Rodgers. However, without Adams, Green Bay’s offense would still be idling in the parking lot this year. He has accounted for 31 percent of the receiving yards, 52 percent of the receiving touchdowns and 30 percent of the receptions. For all of the inconsistencies this season, Adams has been the Packers’ offensive MVP. He has had double-digit targets in nine of 15 games. And now Adams is on the doorstep of breaking Sterling Sharpe’s and Jordy Nelson’s franchise records. All he needs are two catches and 134 receiving yards. 

Various wide receiver lists have floated around the Twittersphere this season. Here’s mine: 1. Antonio Brown, 2. Davante Adams and 3. DeAndre Hopkins. If you’re surprised that Adams is that high, you shouldn’t be. He is versatile enough to line up anywhere — he can beat a corner on a deep post and he has shown a knack for tiring out linebackers from the slot. Adams also is catching 65 percent of balls thrown his way and the only other receiver with 100 receptions and double-digit touchdowns with that high of a catch percentage is Hopkins at 70 percent. 

Now here’s the scary part for opposing defenses. Adams just turned 26 on Christmas Eve. The Packers not only have one of the best receivers in the game, they will have him in his prime for the next four years at least. And if Adams can produce the numbers like he did this season without a consistent No. 2 receiving option, just imagine when Equanimeous St. Brown and Marquez Valdes-Scantling are trusted weapons?

So enjoy the energy, the athleticism and the work of Adams. Does he benefit from being on the receiving end of one of the greatest passers ever? Obviously yes, but this year he has shown that he doesn’t need Rodgers’ blue ribbon stuff to produce. 

The Packers haven’t had much to play for this season but pride still matters with this crew. And it’s pride that will carry Adams to the finish line carrying two team records. 

Adams is having the best receiving season in Packers history. Sharpe was prolific because he was so physically imposing, but I’ll take the electric Adams who is catching six percent more of his passes than Sharpe did in 1993. 

Keep overlooking Adams because he continues to grind out catches, first downs and in the case of last week, a game-winning touchdown reception in overtime. 

Cory Jennerjohn has over 10 years of sports media experience writing for several outlets in Wisconsin, Indiana and Florida. Twitter: @CoryJennerjohn

 

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Cory Jennerjohn is a graduate from UW-Oshkosh and has been in sports media for over 15 years. He was a co-host on "Clubhouse Live" and has also done various radio and TV work as well. He has written for newspapers, magazines and websites. He currently is a columnist for CHTV and also does various podcasts. He recently earned his Masters degree from the University of Iowa. He can be found on Twitter: @Coryjennerjohn

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The TKstinator's picture

December 29, 2018 at 08:04 pm

But, but, but...he doesn’t have a blazing 40 time! And he dropped a few passes a couple years ago!
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Bure9620's picture

December 29, 2018 at 09:04 am

I know crazy how people value strait line speed in underwear, remember John Ross.......

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The TKstinator's picture

December 29, 2018 at 09:15 am

Thank you Bure. I think some folks misinterpreted my comment. Glad to see you got me!

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Jonathan Spader's picture

December 29, 2018 at 02:22 pm

John Ross, Trevor Davis, Jeff Janis, the list goes on

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Free agent's picture

December 29, 2018 at 05:23 pm

Trevor Davis needs to be released on Monday. He’s irrelevant, makes no difference if he’s playing in the game or sitting out in street clothes. Let the Vikings have him.

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Rak47's picture

December 29, 2018 at 05:56 pm

Uuh, No! You must not have seen the return game when he didn't play as opposed to when he does? Special Teams are a unit just like the offense and defense and you don't cut your best and most dynamic special teams player because he doesn't play offense much. Especially when he doesn't need to. So hypothetically you let him go and replace him with who? Another WR who's 6th or 7th on the depth chart and won't see the field much anyway that can't return kicks and punts? Doesn't make any sense, you keep Davis at the cheapest you can and bring him back to make some plays in the return game next year.

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Skip greenBayless's picture

December 29, 2018 at 11:56 pm

Rak em'!! Agree. Trevor Davis is absolutely critical to our special teams. Without him we are one of the worst special teams in football. If I have a wide receiver on the roster, I'd rather have Davis than Shame On Moore. Davis is highly skilled in the return game both punt and kickoff. Moore is skilled in not catching the football and fumbling. Maybe that changes but for now Davis is very valuable.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

December 30, 2018 at 10:27 am

Rake and Dash, I completely agree! Look what happened in the LA game with Montgomery, look at J'mon Moore last week against the Jets, and look at William's practically being decapitated. Davis has value but it doesn't mean the Pack shouldn't try to upgrade the position and particularly with someone who can play multiple positions. I would love to see the Pack pick up a Sprole type scat back RB/slot receiver who could also be a KO and punt returner. Someone like the Oklahoma QB (I know he signed a MLB contract), but you get my point. Would this guy be special and drive DC's crazy!

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Savage57's picture

December 29, 2018 at 06:38 am

There's a pretty big gulf between 'a few' and a 53% catch rate in 2015.

But all the folks who are now Davante Adams' #1 fans can't reconcile facts with their need to proclaim the magnificence of their fealty when the heretical, doubting fans were simply pointing out the reality of Adams' struggles during his sophomore campaign.

"But he had an ankle injury!" I thought WR's caught with their hands.

It's grown more than old.

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Bure9620's picture

December 29, 2018 at 09:07 am

It was more than the ankle injury, he was battling a knee injury as well, basically all of his quick twitch muscles were useless.

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The TKstinator's picture

December 29, 2018 at 09:14 am

As are mine.

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Jonathan Spader's picture

December 29, 2018 at 02:23 pm

You don't need quick twitch muscles in your legs for a blog TK. You still have them in your brain and thumbs!

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The TKstinator's picture

December 29, 2018 at 08:06 pm

“Pretty big gulf”....um, Savage, this is football, not gulf. Duh!

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LeotisHarris's picture

December 29, 2018 at 09:03 pm

Reconcile, proclaim, magnificence, fealty, *and* heretical in one sentence? Is that you, Ed Wood?

WR's do indeed ultimately catch with their hands, but the interconnectedness of all things that is the human body has influence on that seemly simple act. Like most things in sports, it's just not that simple.

And, if that argument has grown more than old, what is it? Is it one of those things you'd be more than happy to explain? If that requires you to do more than the least you could do, just let it go. I'm just happy to be here.

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The TKstinator's picture

December 29, 2018 at 10:06 pm

Stellar work as always, Leotis. I am definitely a fan!

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Packers0808's picture

December 29, 2018 at 07:44 am

Always liked Mr. Adams and thought he had a bright future, but he is a hell of a lot better than ever thought he will be! He is really talented and fun to watch! And not a hot dog!

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December 29, 2018 at 08:00 am

Meh.- Good for the Packers.

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jeepingmakooi's picture

December 29, 2018 at 08:44 am

This man works his tail off to get to this level in his game.. and he keeps getting better... That's the great part for us and scary part for the rest of the leaugue... Think about it like this... Adams has been one of the lone bright spots and you know defenses have been game planning to try and take him away.. and it's just not working...

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ricky's picture

December 29, 2018 at 10:12 am

Last season when Rodgers was hurt, Adams continued to be a consistent offensive weapon with 885 yards and ten TD's. That was with Brett Hundley throwing him the ball. So, he's proven he'd do well with another QB. Enough of the "AR can make anyone look good." Except, apparently, Jimmy Graham.

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Oppy's picture

December 29, 2018 at 11:15 am

I still contend that Aaron Rodgers does less with more than any other top tier QB in the league.

In the last half decade, his tendency to not throw the ball to Wr's that he "doesn't trust", to bypass the open WRs in progression to look for either his 'preferred' target or the deep ball, to consider WRs "covered" and throw the ball away where most other top QB's would throw it, and his fear of throwing over the middle of the field... all this adds up to the Packers not getting the most out of their WR corps in my (very opinionated) opinion.

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Johnblood27's picture

December 29, 2018 at 11:26 am

Thats just your Oppy-inion.

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Bure9620's picture

December 29, 2018 at 11:44 am

You make some valid points Oppy, the hesitance I had with Jimmy Graham was that his whole strength was going up to get 50/50 balls but Rodgers does not throw 50/50 balls. He may need to let it rip more

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

December 30, 2018 at 10:36 am

Rodgers 2 interceptions this year were over the middle bouncing off of Graham's hands both times. I am not sure Rodgers is a big Graham fan with the INT's and all the drops.

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The TKstinator's picture

December 29, 2018 at 08:08 pm

I prefer my liquor strong, my ice cold, and my opinions opinionated, so, keep up the good work, Oppy!

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LeotisHarris's picture

December 29, 2018 at 10:17 pm

Agreed, TK. IMHO Oppy's takes are always piping hot, just the way I like 'em.

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December 29, 2018 at 01:11 pm

I would like to see him start working back to the QB when Rodgers scrambles more often. Otherwise, I think Adams is phenomenal.

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December 29, 2018 at 02:25 pm

I would like to see Rodgers scramble less often and just throw the damn ball to the open target regardless of yards on 1st and 2nd down.

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December 29, 2018 at 04:49 pm

Me too. But Adams can help by working back.

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Jonathan Spader's picture

December 29, 2018 at 02:21 pm

Cory,

this was a very well thought out and written article. Your title as usual sucks. Keep doubling Davante Adams. Davante Adam's $ Very Well Spent. Davante Adams I was wrong would have all been more accurate. Studante Adams

To me your title implies that we should in fact doubt Davante Adams while your writing says the opposite.

I disagree with a majority of what you write. I really appreciate the regularity and enthusiasm you put into your writing. Keep em coming Cory and as always

GO PACK GO

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CoryJennerjohn's picture

December 29, 2018 at 04:04 pm

Thanks Jonathan. We can split the difference and I will say that I’m not a world class headline writer.

I really thought the contract Adams got was a bit much, because my thinking was that money would’ve been better served spent on the defensive side of the ball.

Like I said, I was wrong.

Take care.

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December 29, 2018 at 04:29 pm

I'm sure you're as happy as I am that you were wrong! Keep up the good work Cory. It's tough to admit that you're wrong and it takes guts to do.

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Skip greenBayless's picture

December 29, 2018 at 03:44 pm

Cory, thank you so much for giving the praise to the person who made this all possible. It was Ted Thompson not Gutey who drafted him and also had the vision to sign him before he exploded this season. I know Ted comes here to read so thank you Ted!! See you in the Hall of Fame shortly.

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CoryJennerjohn's picture

December 29, 2018 at 04:06 pm

No problem Dash. Ted Thompson deserves the praise because he made sure to lock to up Adams before other teams would likely drive the price up.

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Skip greenBayless's picture

December 29, 2018 at 04:12 pm

Exactly Cory!!

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Rak47's picture

December 29, 2018 at 06:03 pm

I guess Ol' Ted didn't screw up 100% of his personnel moves the last few years, only 97%.

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Skip greenBayless's picture

December 29, 2018 at 06:40 pm

Rak, I was simply praising Cory for having the courage to praise Ted for the drafting and resigning of Adams before this season. Both were hall of fame type moves. This wasn't about screwing up whatever drafts people think he screwed up the past couple years. I have always been a fan of Ted since he had the balls to trade Favre to play Rodgers. That one move was historic. Not many would have done that and faced the heat he did. Lots of GMs have bad drafts. The Packers had 20 plus straight years of bad drafts. Ted had far better drafts than bad ones plus throw in three all pro players who had to retire due to spinal and head injury. I give the guy a free pass and a ticket straight to the Packers hall of fame and possibly one in Canton. Most won't appreciate what Ted did for probably another ten years. Gutey has his hands full trying to match what Ted did. So far he has failed in free agency and is questionable on his first draft. Ted's first two picks ever as a GM was Aaron Rodgers and Nick Collins. Good luck Gutey.

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Bure9620's picture

December 29, 2018 at 06:47 pm

Except for 2015, which was a terrible draft all around...for many teams

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Skip greenBayless's picture

December 29, 2018 at 06:57 pm

I'll take your word for it Bure. It certainly helps what I have been saying about Ted. If most of the players in 2015 were Made In China what's Ted supposed to do?

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Bure9620's picture

December 29, 2018 at 07:20 pm

Yes, that Quentin Rollins pick haunted us, as did trading up for Spriggs in the 2nd (which I thought was brilliant at the time) Nick Perry and Datone, UGh, just too many high picks that killed us.

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Skip greenBayless's picture

December 29, 2018 at 07:53 pm

I remember listening to Vic Ketchman on a pregame show saying how he felt Quentin Rollins could be the next Darrel Revis. I thought, wow!! I actually liked him and his toughness. Too bad he got hurt and lost his speed. Spriggs reminds me of Jon Michels, one of the great Ron Wolf's better first round picks. I have to wonder if Spriggs can turn it around next season? He still might have a shot but it's getting tough to keep hoping. Losing patience with this guy.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

December 30, 2018 at 10:45 am

Thought TT did well until his talent evaluators (scouts, etc) went to Seattle, Oakland, KC, etc. Once that happened it was immediately clear TT was washed up. He should have been retired 3 years ago as he was coasting.

I too thought Sprigg's was going to be good. He had the 'look' and athletism coming out but Lang stated "he needed more weight on lower body". Sprigg's has added the weight but he just has slow feet and cannot keep up with quick edge rushers. I just do not see how that is going to change at this point. He is what he is!

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Leatherhead's picture

December 29, 2018 at 06:42 pm

Yeah. Hard to believe that he was Executive of the Year twice and his teams made the playoffs all the time.

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Skip greenBayless's picture

December 29, 2018 at 07:00 pm

It is hard to believe Old School. At least we have Gutey Frutey and coach Rodgers running the show. Golden age straight ahead!!

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John Kirk's picture

December 30, 2018 at 05:09 am

Ted doesn't deserve praise for locking up Adams.

Anyone who thinks that wasn't paying attention. Evidence?

Davante Adams extension: 12/29/17 (Actually, signed it on 12/30/17)

Ted officially removed as GM: 1/2/18 (@RapSheet report of the move coming on 1/1/18)

The Packers organization allowed Ted to hand out that kind of money with full knowledge Ted was compromised mentally and was going to be officially removed a few days later?

No.

We have no idea who gave out the money to Adams but it wasn't Ted Thomspson.

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Daren726's picture

December 30, 2018 at 07:29 am

If your boss was going to fire you he wouldn’t let on a day before it was supposed to happen. Most likely they waited to fire him until he had the deal done. I think it was Ted’s deal, and Russ Ball was behind the negotiations, but regardless, it would have gotten done shortly after if Ted hadn’t accomplished it.

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John Kirk's picture

December 30, 2018 at 08:00 am

Right...he wouldn't. However, he wouldn't allow me to hand out a multi-million dollar contract, either.

It's right next to impossible that Ted had a thing to do with this deal, and if he did, that's gross negligence by the organization to allow such a thing.

That'd be like getting together with your family and deciding you needed to take away dad or grandpa's keys but letting him go on one last cross-country jaunt before taking them away.

EDIT: Keep in mind Murphy supposedly (and I don't believe this) had Ted come to him and say he wanted to go back to scouting. Murphy said that in his presser speaking to Ted being out as GM. So, we're to believe Ted went to Murphy and said he didn't want to be GM and Murphy said...Okay, but we'll let you give out one final mega-million contract? Beyond improbable.

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December 30, 2018 at 10:48 am

I don’t agree at all. Ted was trusted for years. They didn’t fire him. They let him put himself out to pasture. That shows he has some value in their eyes and they wouldn’t have any reason to question his judgement with the deal. I’m sure Murphy was involved as well.

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John Kirk's picture

December 30, 2018 at 10:59 am

Did you see the video clip of him in the press box during the Vikings game? He wasn't trusted after that and likely long before it.

Anyone who thinks Ted asked to step down and it was all his idea is as gullible as they come in my eyes.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

December 30, 2018 at 10:47 am

John....great work!

Completely makes sense.

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HankScorpio's picture

December 30, 2018 at 10:41 am

No record for Davante Adams. He's inactive, along with ESB and Jaire Alexander.

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