Packers' Davante Adams, Raiders' Jordy Nelson prepare for reunion in Oakland

-- "Oh yeah, no doubt," said Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams after Monday's practice. His excitement to see his former teammate on Friday in Oakland blatantly evident.

The Packers meet the Raiders Friday night for what will be their third exhibition game, and they'll be up against a familiar face in wide receiver Jordy Nelson, who previously spent 10 seasons in Green Bay.

For someone who spent a decade donning green and gold, it would seem almost informal to pass off Nelson's transition to silver and black as anything less than strange. It'll take some getting used to -- not just for Adams, but for most of his ex-teammates.

"It's already weird," Adams said. "I've been seeing it on social media. I don't know if I like it. He looks kinda different in that black and silver.

"I'm happy for him, but I don't know if I like it though."

It's also no guarantee that either Adams or Nelson play. It's standard protocol around the league for starters to play extensively into their respective games in the third week of the preseason, however, the Packers have seemed like they're taking a different route and seeing what they have in their backups this year.

It's not like the Packers need to see much out of Adams anyway at this point. In what minuscule action he's received through the first half of the preseason, he has 84 yards on three catches, including a 48-yard reception to open the game against the Tennesee Titans and a 27-yard catch-and-run the following week against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

"We've been able to show in this little amount of time that we're ready to go," Adams said. "Get our plays run some of that stuff; I"m ready for the real action at this point. Preseason's fun, you get to interact with your crowd a little bit. But I'm definitely ready -- I wouldn't mind holding off until the season at this point."

There's going to be plenty of those types of opportunities for Adams to take advantage of in his fifth season, especially now that he's the Packers' primary target with Nelson out of the picture.

"You start to become numb a little bit to it at this point. It's year five now, you see people come and go all the time. It's definitely a little different when you got a guy who's been showing you the way here since you first came into the league."

Adams and Nelson's new quarterback, Derek Carr, established an on-field connection long before Nelson was a Raider. The two earned First-team All-MWC honors in back-to-back years at Fresno State en route to Adams amassing over 3,000 receiving yards during those 2012 and 2013 seasons.

Off the field, Adams gets to bask in his own homecoming.

Born in Redwood City and attending high school in Palo Alto, California, it won't matter how much he plays, but being able to suit up and see the field in front of his hometown crowd even for just a handful of snaps is worthwhile.

"It's definitely fun. Being able to be in front of my family, my real home crowd back where I'm from. I don't know how much I'm going to be going, it's just good to be able to get in front of them a little bit."

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Zachary Jacobson is a staff writer/reporter for Cheesehead TV. He's the voice of The Leap on iTunes and can be heard on The Scoop KLGR 1490 AM every Saturday morning. He's also a contributor on the Pack-A-Day Podcast. He can be found on Twitter via @ZachAJacobson or contacted through email at [email protected].

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worztik's picture

August 21, 2018 at 05:45 pm

Hello friends!!! Still here and almost 1/2 way through my Chemo. I do 4 Txs every 2 weeks. I will know after my next Tx in 2 weeks. Fingers crossed and prayers are appreciated... try to be positive, even if it’s stage 4! Tough at times... tougher at other! Can’t wait to see the Da bears and the Queens games!!!!!! Conference Championship preview of the SB!!! Loved the draft... Burkes is another Urlacher! DB HEAVEN!
Get the LBs squared away (waiting for Beigle to take an uphill turn!!!!). Above average RBs... Above average OL... Top DL!!! Get rid of Hundley and keep the rookie!!! By the time he’s ready to play, ARod may have decided to hang it up if he gets injured (BOO)!!! Can you say punter? Now, all we need to do, in addition to the the WRs is to get rid of the YIPSMr. Moore!!! OK, if anyone wants to start a go fund me page.... let me do you a solid some time! Half kidding the way this illness struck but, only 1,000 cases WW yearly!!! I will also act as a Guinea Pig (pig) for any aspiring chemists out the!!! GO PACK GO!!!!!!!

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August 21, 2018 at 05:51 pm

Hey Kitzrow... your statement sounds like it was written by some dipstick on heavy medications such as yourself???!!!

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August 21, 2018 at 05:52 pm

They should rename you Sherlock Gnomes. I’m out!!!

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August 21, 2018 at 06:08 pm

14 treatments in all, counting piggy backed together. I wear a Chemo Pump for 3 days starting after they’re done. With all the flushes into me equals 16 Txs every 2 weeks! I know you’ve all been waiting with baited breath so there... research that, boys! It started I my Appendix (VERY WEIRD) and spread throughout my abdomen! Just call me lumpy.... For details call 715-845-0018 and ask for Grumpy or Gumby or Grub or.....

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August 22, 2018 at 05:27 am

Good luck with your treatment worztik. My prayers are with you and your family.

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August 22, 2018 at 09:56 am

Thank you for your kind thoughts!!! It helps my attitude immensely!!!

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August 22, 2018 at 09:12 am

Worztik, I'm glad to see you posting again. Good luck with all the 'stuff' you are going through. It's a tough road for you. I still get a smile out of all your !!!!!!! exclamation points. Let's me know it's really you, lol. Hang in there my friend and keep fighting the good fight (!!!!!).

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August 22, 2018 at 09:58 am

Thank you Spock!!!

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August 21, 2018 at 05:56 pm

Sorry... I think I may have used a registered or whatever title in my post...we need MORE LAWYERS!!!

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August 21, 2018 at 06:33 pm

It will be a bitter sweet moment when the Packers players and coaches meet Jordy as the teams prepare to do battle. I'm sure once the game starts it will be all business from both teams, as it should be. I'm sure Rodgers and Jordy will exchange some laughs and greet each other with a hardy hand shake, a smile, and perhaps a hug or two. And probably both will wish they were still playing together as a Green Bay Packer. But life goes on and times change as players move on and teams do what they need to do to prepare for the present and future. I wish Jordy the best. He will forever be a Packer to the fans who rooted for him while wearing the green and gold. Just not when he happens to be on the same field and same day, dressed in a different uniform other than the green and gold. Go! Pack! Go!

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August 22, 2018 at 09:15 am

It would be cool if Arod, Cobb & Jordy all did the 'spin the football' thing together before the game just for old times sake. :)

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August 22, 2018 at 10:54 am

Damn Worz, I truly wish you the best! The real hero’s in this life are the ones who face adversity with courage and humor.
Players are people too, and they make friends on and off the practice field. But on the field and game time it’s ON baby.

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August 25, 2018 at 09:59 am

They interviewed Jordy last night and it was sad. All I know is they better not extend Mathews who career is all but over and say, we couldnt give poor Jordy a nickle more.
One guy made plays that won games one guy didnt

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