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Leaner, Meaner Davante Adams Aiming for Good Health

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Leaner, Meaner Davante Adams Aiming for Good Health

Davante Adams is leaner, meaner and focused heavily on being a bigger part of the Packers' offensive plans in 2017.

The fourth-year receiver is coming off of the best season of his career, ending just three yards shy of eclipsing 1,000 and being one of eight receivers across the league to register that many yards with eight-or-more touchdowns. Adams finished the season with 12.

The distribution of targets favored elder statesman of the group Jordy Nelson heavily, however, Adams' 121 targets led to career-highs in nearly every receiving department you can think of.

Now, the focal point of his upcoming season is doing what he can to help the offense produce and staying healthy, both of which he did a season ago.

"Knock on wood, I haven't really had any soft tissue things in my NFL career," Adams said after Tuesday's practice. "I've done a pretty good job of taking care of my body, I just gotta control what I can control after practice and doing what I have to do. The more I can keep that up, the better of a position I put myself in."

The "soft tissue" comment was more than likely a reference to running back Ty Montgomery, who sat out of Tuesday's practice with the same injury. Something he said he had been dealing with "off and on."

Adams is one of the solidified three receivers atop the Packers' depth chart, but outside of Nelson, Adams and Randall Cobb, the competition is wide open.

There are currently nine other receivers outside of the aforementioned top three, all of which are fighting the same battle. Whether or not the Packers go into the season with eight, seven or seven six receivers will be the determining factor that'll make or break their respective jobs.

If anything is for certain, it's that Adams is going to be playing for a new contract, possibly even before the culmination of the regular season. Or, in a rare instance, before the season even starts in order to prevent his market value from ascending.

Adams catches a pass over LaDarius Gunter in training camp. (Jim Matthews/USA TODAY NETWORK)

In preparation of making his case for the Packers to invest millions of dollars in him, Adams shed 14 pounds in the last year, aiming to become more explosive off of the line of scrimmage and other facets of the game than he was at this time in 2016—or at any point in 2016.

"Around this time last year, I think I was, like, 220," Adams said. I'm about 206 now, so. That's a dumbbell difference right there, so it makes a difference."

Adams already impressed heavily in his third season, even at his midseason weight of 212 pounds.

According to NFL.com's Matt Harmon, Adams led all No. 2 receivers last season in creating separation. He averaged 2.46 seconds worth of separation when lined up on the perimeter and 3.06 from the slot where he was targeted 19.8 percent of the time.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Adams led all receivers with the highest catch percentage posted even in the smallest of gaps. Harmon says Adams recorded a 69.6 percent catch rate on his 23 targets in which he had less than one yard of separation. His ability to go vertical and win the ball in one-on-one situations was displayed several times throughout the course of the year.

Now, the amount of separation he creates to win contested battles may even topple his mark set in 2016.

"I was bulking up a little bit more last year and in the previous years, just thinking I had to get super strong and super big," Adams said. "For now, you kind of live and learn and find out the types of things you need to do to sustain your career. I feel like being leaner, and I'm not any less stronger than I was before, I feel great."

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The TKstinator's picture

Feeling great is great.
Playing great is even better.
Go 17!

Grandfathered's picture

I went to a Packer/Carolina game in Nov. of 2015, and watched him take too much time getting off the LOS. Since that game he's been much better and I hope the $ is a real incentive this year.

The TKstinator's picture

I kinda hope $ is not an incentive this year, because if/when he does get paid, then what?

stockholder's picture

Adams does not have that popularity a player needs before a big contract. The negotiations for Adams are like a #1 draft pick. Your just not sure of the return. What guarantee is Adams giving? He's an ordinary WR. The training and discipline should have been shown before this year. Instead we continue to see the packer's free-agents show; the Comp-pick is a safer solution. The CAP cannot handle throwing money out on a whim. (Look how many are Bitching about Cobb's contract.) I believe Adams is SOFT. The WR position gets to many injuries. He decided to slim down, when he should BULK up. Better only shows me, he's finally earning his pay. But the real questions about Adams is can he Hold up, and catch the ball? Can he go against the opponents best Defensive back?

The TKstinator's picture

Do you really think popularity is considered when evaluating new contracts?
And why do you think he should "BULK UP"?

stockholder's picture

Yes, The odds are against you if you don't. (as GM) Some players don't have enough left in the tank. The age , performance,and length of a contract, can be devastating to caps. (Popular) If thats what you mean. #2 A player only loses weight to get faster. But the bulked up player can TAKE THE HITS. Adams weight is dangerous. Leaner does not mean stronger! Especially when you look at the new WRs being drafted. Height, speed, muscle. I say Adams gets hurt this year.

The TKstinator's picture

He said he lost weight but not strength, so maybe most of his weight loss was fat. I'd be interested to know if the team keeps bodyfat measurements on the players, not just total weight. (Eddie Lacy, anyone?)

I really would like to know definitively if heavier, bulkier players get hurt less often than leaner, lighter ones. And what KIND of injuries? Concussions? Sprains? Pulls/tears (soft tissue)?

I am inclined to believe that increased muscle mass/bulk allows players to dish out more punishment (physics; a heavier, faster object creates more force on impact than a lighter, slower one) but not necessarily absorb more punishment.

stockholder's picture

They do keep track of bodyfat. But I would like to see the other stats.

The TKstinator's picture

Me too! Doubtful the team would share that info. (Unless it's really positive, like going up in weight, strength, and speed while lowering bodyfat.)
Especially where Spriggs is concerned.

dobber's picture

Remember that DA did bulk up 10 pounds before last season to try to get cleaner releases off the line. In all likelihood, he hasn't sacrificed strength.

sonomaca's picture

Yancey, Montgomery, Jones, Barclay, M. Adams, Richard Rodgers, Randall, Dupre, Sandland...all injured to one degree or another. Did I miss any?

Jonathan Spader's picture

Vince Biegel

Spock's picture

Zachary, "... or seven six receivers". And I thought Clark was tall at 6' 6"! LOL.

Spock's picture

Really, a dislike for a joke? Lighten up people!

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

Well, your username is "Spock" for a reason, I guess. My son calls me Drax from a more recent movie, so I labor under the same impediment.

TXCHEESE's picture

Stockholder, go back an look at Adams' film from last year. I would argue he made more difficult and contested catches than anyone on the team. He is going to be one of the most dangerous #2's in the league this year. Jordy is plenty good, but he isn't getting any younger. We need to keep top performers. They are a much surer thing than a comp pick.

stockholder's picture

OK Let's pull Jordy nelson. I want Adams against the top CB. If He can clutch catch and go against a #1 CB. Pay Him! Don't pay him on Film. Why? MM runs plays for Adams. I'm saying that Adams contract could strangle other top performers. Especially the players on defense. Ha Ha Dix is coming do. Who is more important? A-Rod is up. Who is more important? Cut Daniels,mathews, or perry, for Adams? They are a much surer thing than a comp pick too. The comp pick is an option. Let's not inflate Adams worth!

dobber's picture

Adams was not a #1 WR at the end of 2016: I don't think that's up for debate. But his role and his production has increased, and if it continues to do so, he's going to surpass that "good complementary WR" category that he fit into last season and be in the conversation as a #1. Either way, good #2 WRs make hefty coin these days, and if he's on the fringe of #1 production, it only goes up.

HHCD is on his 5th year option. He's not technically coming up this off-season. In fact, one might argue that the S position is SO deep that it might actually be able to handle the loss of HHCD. A-Rod is under contract for a couple more seasons. He's not necessarily going to be re-done in a timeframe that Adams's contract would adversely change his status.

There's a lot of wrangling going to happen this off-season, but I feel confident that the Packers are likely to do what they can to get #17 under contract. Market value dictates what the contracts are going to look like...not us as fans. We can't inflate his worth.

MarkinMadison's picture

Davante Adams is likely to be the best WR available in FA this year. Hopefully, TT is already in negotiations. Hopefully, Davante Adams would prefer to get some guaranteed cheddar now. Hopefully, because I think he is going to produce big time for the next three years.

dobber's picture

There are several really good ones whose contracts are going to come up this offseason (DeAndre Hopkins and the like), but I'll be curious to see how many actually hit the market. I don't think Adams will...

Thegreatreynoldo's picture

He'd be behind DeAndre Hopkins and Jarvis Landry (Tier 1), perhaps behind Sammy Watkins and Alshon Jeffrey (Tier 2), and roughly equal with Allen Robinson, Jordan Matthews, Donte Moncrief, John Brown, Terrelle Pryor, though he might be one of the best in that 3rd tier. Then there are some guys with talent and sometimes production in Martavis Bryant and Michael Floyd. I am not including Larry Fitzgerald types since I don't think he'd really a candidate to be on the market.

Some of these guys will get extended or re-signed by their own teams, maybe even most of them. It is a good year for FA WRs at least now.

RCPackerFan's picture

Adams has that look to me.

That look that he is going to bust out! I think he has a huge year this year.

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