The Lass Word: Can Rodgers-to-Adams Continue to Carry the Team?

Passing game getting less and less diverse.

Watching Aaron Rodgers throw the football to Davante Adams is pure poetry.  The chemistry between them is uncanny.  As Packer fans, we have become accustomed to this.  The player they call “Tae” has been Rodgers go-to guy for the last five years.  The last time a player not named Davante Adams led the team in receptions was Jordy Nelson in 2016. 

 

Yet, even by the standards of recent history, the quarterback’s reliance on his favorite receiver has taken a sharp increase in the first three games of the 2021 season.  To date, Rodgers has thrown to Adams 34 times, of which 25 have been caught.  That’s 37 percent of all pass attempts, and 42 percent of all completions.  Adams’ total of 309 receiving yards constitutes just under 48 percent of all of the Packers’ receiving yards. 

 

Those percentages have steadily climbed in recent seasons.  In 2019, Adams was targeted by just 22 percent of Rodgers’ throws.  His receptions were just 23 percent of the receivers’ total.   His yardage was 25 percent.   

 

In 2020, Adams was targeted 28 percent of the time, caught 30 percent of all receptions and rolled up 32 percent of all receiving yardage.  (Stats from Pro Football Focus) 

 

This year, all numbers are up considerably.  At this point, Adams would be on a pace to finish the regular season with 141 catches, which would obliterate the franchise record he set last year at 115.  He would accumulate 192 targets, surpassing the mark set by Sterling Sharpe of 189 back in 1993.  At the current pace, he would finish with 1,751 yards, smashing the record of 1,519 accomplished by Jordy Nelson in 2014. 

 

Granted, this is a seventeen game season, but even if you calculate those stats for sixteen games, Adams would still break the records for receptions and yardage.   

 

The question is, is this trend a good thing?  Certainly, you can’t argue with the results so far.  It’s hard to picture Green Bay pulling off the last minute comeback against the 49ers, or even the second half surge against the Lions, without Adams’ dominant presence.  In both cases, the Packers were playing against teams with depleted secondaries.  The Niners, in particular, had no one who could cover number 17.  Even double teams weren’t effective.  Why not keep throwing him the ball?  Press your advantage until the opponent proves they can stop it. 

 

After Sunday night’s dramatic victory, Rodgers, asked what he was thinking when he took the field with 37 seconds left to play, down one point, said “My first thoughts about devising how to get us into field goal range were, how can I get (number) seventeen the ball.”  He added, “I always play the percentages.  Throwing the ball to seventeen is a high percentage. “   

 

Adams told the media he pretty much assumed the ball was coming to him.  “This is year eight.  We’ve been doing this together for a long time now, so I don’t think there’s a whole lot that he feels he needs to say to me.” 

 

In recent years, Packer fans have had much debate over who would emerge as the number two receiver on this team.  The reality is, there’s been little need for a number two, and scarcely for any other wide receiver, period.  Compared with Adams’ 34 targets, Marquez Valdes-Scantling is a distant second with 14, followed by Allen Lazard and Randall Cobb with five each.   Running back Aaron Jones has 10 and tight end Robert Tonyan 8.  Rookie Amari Rodgers has been little more than a jet sweep decoy thus far. 

 

If you’re the type who likes to believe in conspiracies, it would be tempting to wonder if Rodgers is just trying to showcase his connection with Adams in order to sell them as a package deal to the highest bidding NFL team after this season.  I highly doubt that’s the case.  Rodgers just wants to win, and evidently, he doesn’t see a path to victory by spreading the ball around.  At least not yet.  It’s only been three games.  Still plenty of time for the passing game to evolve. 

 

On Wednesday, Rodgers told the media the heavy load of passes to Adams has been dictated by the way defenses have been playing them.  This Sunday the Steelers bring the 13th ranked defense in the league to Lambeau Field, but Pittsburgh ranks no better than 20th against the pass.  No doubt the Steelers' coaches have been watching the tape of the dominance of Adams in Green Bay's passing game.

 

Sooner or later, you would expect an opponent to have the scheme and the talent to take away Adams.  When that happens, as it well might against the Steelers this weekend, we will see if Rodgers has enough faith in the other pass catchers to trust them with more targets.  Or will he continue to force it to the guy he is most comfortable with?   

 

And would that be a bad thing? 

 

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Ken Lass is a former Green Bay television sports anchor and 43 year media veteran, a lifelong Packers fan, and a shareholder.

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ricky's picture

September 30, 2021 at 03:41 pm

This is something I've been harping on for years. This is the same trap that Favre fell into, first with Chmura, then Driver. It's as if Rodgers has the tune, "I Only Have Eyes For "You" constantly running through his head. Recall that when Adams was hurt, the Packers were undefeated, and the ball was spread around a lot more. The offense never lost a beat. Then Adams returned, and so did his being almost the exclusive target. Which proved annoying on the second last Packer drive of the SF game, and really annoying when they were trying to score a TD against TB, and Adams was targeted three times, with no success (because the Bucs knew who was going to be the only target?) and LaFleur threw in the towel and went for the FG. Is it bad? Yes. But as long as they win, and with all the off season drama, and with this likely being Rodgers and Adams last in GB, who is going to rein them in? No one.

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 30, 2021 at 07:19 pm

If you want a diverse receiver corps, draft guys in the first and second round. Don't hope they fall to you like a kid at the wishing well for guys like Aiyuk or Jefferson. Deebo was out of reach as the selection of Jenkins was a blue chip.

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LeotisHarris's picture

September 30, 2021 at 08:33 pm

I'm fairly certain the standard calls for events/actions to be super-annoying before "harping" can officially be undertaken. As long as events/actions remain within the annoying category, it's best practice to use grumping or fussing.

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Guitar dan's picture

September 30, 2021 at 04:08 pm

I don’t see why not, they did it last year.

It’s a “pick your poison “ thing, teams can triple cover Davante. Then it’s time for Jones, Dillan, Tonyan, Degura, Lazard, Cobb and MVS to step up.

It’s a good problem to have 😎👍
ND

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ImaPayne's picture

September 30, 2021 at 06:22 pm

Cobb? Does he even play? He was on the sidelines without a helmit looking lost in the last game

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NickPerry's picture

October 01, 2021 at 05:45 am

On the first of the 2 throws to Adams on the game winning FG drive, Cobb was on the field. As a matter of fact he played a MAJOR role in drawing coverage away from Adams on that first throw.

Cobb was lined up on the right, ran straight downfield and then angled his route to the right a bit drawing coverage AWAY from Adams. It's Rodgers and Adams but is still takes ALL 11 to play and make most of it work.

BTW... In week 2 Cobby was huge picking up 2 nice 3rd down conversions. It's early, Cobb will become more involved, especially in the Gold Zone and on 3rd down when they have to have one.

Just saying friend...

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

October 01, 2021 at 12:33 pm

Yes, Rodgers talked about why that first play on the final drive worked, b/c Cobb was drawing a defender away and the defender couldn't recover fast enough to cover Davante on the catch. So he just had to get the ball past the one defender's reach.

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jannes bjornson's picture

October 01, 2021 at 06:12 pm

Don't bend their minds with the facts.

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Lphill's picture

September 30, 2021 at 04:28 pm

You go to your go to guy that’s football anyone ever criticize Steve Young for throwing to Jerry Rice too much ?

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Leatherhead's picture

September 30, 2021 at 07:01 pm

It takes an entire team to win a title.

Balance, Daniel-San. And deception is the soul of offense.

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 30, 2021 at 07:21 pm

I thought Blocking was...

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Leatherhead's picture

September 30, 2021 at 09:36 pm

Blocking is an essential component of execution, but all warfare is based on deception.

Run or pass? Snap count. Ball fakes. Etc. Never let your opponent know your intentions.

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greengold's picture

September 30, 2021 at 10:47 pm

Exactly.

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

September 30, 2021 at 04:42 pm

I kind of think these sorts of articles are a little ridiculous 3 games into a season where Rodgers missed all offseason activities except for training camp. I mean MVS had 690 receiving yards and 6 scores last season, adding another 150 yards and 2 scores in the playoffs. That's a decent contributor. Lazard had 451 yards in 10 games and a productive post season as well. I think it's fair to assume, at this point, that the rest of the offense will be more involved as the season progresses and/or that those guys (and Tonyan and Jones) will be there for receiving yards when needed.

It's correct that it's hard to argue when no one is stopping Adams. Why not keep feeding the most dynamic player on the team? That's my question. It's not that they don't have other guys that can contribute and will in the future.

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Oppy's picture

September 30, 2021 at 05:05 pm

My fear is that Rodgers is attempting to make Davante Adams the highest paid WR in the league by artificially showcasing him to produce gaudy numbers before his impending free agency.

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jannes bjornson's picture

September 30, 2021 at 07:23 pm

That's what Q said,too.

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Oppy's picture

September 30, 2021 at 09:36 pm

You really think this is implausible?

Adams has been very vocal that he believes he should be the highest paid WR in the league. He's clearly not happy the Packers have declined to make that happen (and with any luck, they won't.)

Rodgers has already voiced his displeasure with the Packers and gone on to rattle off a long list of players he felt were "disrespected" by the organization.

Add in the "last dance" allusions. We already know Rodgers has a propensity to force feed his favorite targets and rewards team mates he considers "loyal".

I have zero doubts he's consciously made it a priority to give Adams the biggest year of his career, in order to help bolster his worth on the open market. Zero.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

October 01, 2021 at 12:07 pm

I think things work better when the ball gets spread around more. I agree with that. I like MVS but so far he has not shown that he's a complete receiver as TC made me hope he might become. Lazard is Lazard, just hoping he isn't Geronimo Allison, a guy I didn't like after reading his social media. Deguara is still getting things together after injury. Tonyan - I think AR likes him a lot yet not much production this year with just 66 yards, 8 targets, 6 recs, 1 TD so far in 3 full games.

Adams thinks he should be the highest paid WR in the NFL probably because he is the best WR in the NFL.

Most objective observers think Adams is the best WR.
If not the best, most think in the top 3 at worst.

I don't see Adams wanting to be paid as any evidence for your conclusion.

Given that Adams is a top WR, is his percentage of targets unusual? And the answer is no.

10.64 targets/gm. 29.7% of targets. 149 targets. Adams
10 targets/gm. 29.36% of targets. 160 targets. D. Hopkins
10.5 targets/gm. 19.15% of targets. 147 targets. keenan Allen
10.37/game. 29.02% of targets. 166 targets. Stefon Diggs
9.2 targets/game. 24.34% of targets. 129 targets. Julio 2016
11.56/game. 33.09% of targets. 185 targets. Michael Thomas
12.06/game. 33.05% of targets. 193 targets. Antonio Brown '15
10.00/gm. 27.30% of targets. 160 targets. Randy Moss 2007

I don't think Adams' numbers are unusual for an elite WR. The next tier down has lower numbers.

8.25/game. 25.48% 132 targets. Tyler Lockett
9.94/game. 29.12%. 159 targets. Edelman 2016
9.67/game. 27.73%. 145 targets. Travis Kelce
7.43/game. 20.66%. 119 targets. Amari Cooper '19.

If one thinks Adams is special, then his targets and percentages seem normal to me. If you view him as a really good but not elite WR, then his percentages might be high.

It looks like the "last dance" to me. I don't see that as evidence.
Propensity to reward loyalty and force feed is an assertion.
FO disrespecting players. Maybe.

Is your conclusion implausible? No. But zero doubt is well beyond the evidence.

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WestCoastPackerBacker's picture

October 01, 2021 at 12:36 pm

That's a great breakdown, TGR. Thanks for that. Only time will tell if Rodgers will spread the ball around effectively in games where that is required. But this game involved young CBs that just couldn't stay with Adams. And MVS caught a stunning touchdown. So there's that, too.

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Oppy's picture

October 02, 2021 at 08:31 am

My conclusion is largely subjective, and I'll repeat it again. I have zero doubt that Rodgers is consciously attempting to inflate Adams' numbers in an attempt to bolster his worth in his impending free agency.

As to how other teams used their elite WRs: I don't care how other teams used their WRs. What I care about is that the Packers operate this offense in the way which is most conducive to winning games, week in, week out, but most importantly, in the post season. I don't think I can take another NFC Championship game watching Rodgers force feed "his guy" in triple coverage down field in critical series resulting in a 3-and-out when the Packers need a methodical drive and score.

Just to keep the record straight, here: I firmly believe Adams is one of the top three WRs in the game and if he wants to get paid as the #1 WR in the league, more power to him. I think it's disappointing that he doesn't value staying in GB, but if he wants the money, I wish him well with his new team, because the Packers really can't - and in my opinion - really shouldn't attempt to pay Adams anywhere near a D. Hopkins contract... because that's simply too much money to dump into one player IMO.

Also: I understand the narrative is often that the Packers *have* to pass to Davante Adams that much to win games, yet recent history has proven otherwise. When Adams has sat out, all of these often-called scrap pile WRs on the Packers somehow have not only won games for the packers, but the offense has looked down-right unstoppable when doing so. When Rodgers has his crutch taken away, it's a miracle! The offense not only walks, but runs! Almost like it's designed to work that way.

Rodgers/Adams get too much credit for carrying this offense because Rodgers makes it harder than it needs to be. Get everyone involved, deal the ball, keep defenses honest. Watch what happens. Because when it's the big game again, and the QB knows he's only going to give it to Davante, and the defense knows it too.. they'll take Adams away and dare Rodgers to throw to a supporting cast of WRs that have been under-utilized and treated like afterthoughts by their QB all season long. And when the offense grinds to a halt, Rodgers will look perplexed the miracle didn't happen. Again.. And Packers fans will continue to ignore the tape that shows WRs open underneath throughout the game that could have, should have been targeted, but weren't. Because if it isn't one of the handful of low-percentage shot plays to MVS down the field, it's gotta be to Davante Adams.

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Since'61's picture

September 30, 2021 at 06:07 pm

As long as the Packers stick with their ground game their play action passing will be effective. Effective play action creates more opportunities for all of the receivers but particularly for Adams who is the best of the group.

If Adams is open why not throw to him. SF had no answer for Adams throughout the entire game. This will not happen every week. There will be teams that can at least mitigate Adams impact on the game. When that happens our other receivers will have their opportunities.

Jones, Tonyan, Cobb, MVS and Lazard are all good receivers and will get their one on one chances while defenses focus on stopping Adams. Defenses will need to pick their poison on pass defense and still need to deal with the Packers ground game.

We should score plenty of points. As long as our defense shows up it’s all good. GPG! Thanks, Since ‘61

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Fabio's picture

October 01, 2021 at 05:20 am

Great point Since '61. SF constantly challenged Rodgers to pitch to Adams because he almost always left him 1vs1. In this case I have nothing against going to DA because the success rates are very high. This is why I am convinced that when DA is doubled we will see much more Lazard, MVS, Cob, Tonyan ...
Meanwhile, on Sunday, I'm curious to see how our D. will behave. I hope she continues to progress. I'm curious to see how Yosh will fare against Watt ... and our secondary against their WR.
Overall I think the Steelers are stronger than they look.
Hard and difficult game
Greetings from Italy
GPG

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croatpackfan's picture

October 01, 2021 at 07:16 am

Neighbor, pssst "I'm curious to see how our D. will behave. I hope she continues to progress."
"it" or "them" not "she" - D is not female... I understand your mistake. It happens to me all the time, because our native languages...

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BradHTX's picture

October 01, 2021 at 07:44 am

And just for the record, we all love having fellow fans around the world on the board who are not native English speakers, and are perfectly willing to overlook grammatical mistake. Glad you are here!

Except the occasional Vikings fan who might drop in. Screw them and their “Skol!”

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Fabio's picture

October 01, 2021 at 11:30 am

Thank you so much Croatian !!!
I hope I'm not wrong again ....
I apologize to the whole community
Greetings from Italy
GPG

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Since'61's picture

October 01, 2021 at 07:00 pm

No need to apologize Fabio. We are fortunate to have your comments. Your English is very good. Be well.
Thanks, Since ‘61

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croatpackfan's picture

October 02, 2021 at 07:48 am

I agree with Since. You are making less mistakes than me. My observation was to help, not to show superiocity.

While I do not agree with your observations from time to time, I understand your English well. There are few EU fans who is posting here, and I'm always glad to read every of them.

Stay healthy, wealthy and well...

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Fabio's picture

October 03, 2021 at 12:42 am

Diversity of opinion is the basis for opening one's mind, enriching one's knowledge and improving one's thinking.
See you soon Croatian!
GPG

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Since'61's picture

October 01, 2021 at 06:54 pm

Fabio the Steelers are a well coached team with some talented players on offense and defense. However, they are having trouble running the ball and their QB is playing with an injury.

Their defense has good pass rushers but their secondary is having problems.

The Packers need to come out and play solid football as they did against SF. The Packers need to stick with their ground game and set up their play action passes. They have more weapons than the Steelers will be able to handle.

Our defense should be able to handle their OL and sustain pressure on their QB. If we play with a lead we can pull away and take this game. Play with a sense of urgency and we’ll be fine. Go Pack Go! Thanks, Since ‘61

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ImaPayne's picture

September 30, 2021 at 06:21 pm

I agree he has to spread it around but in his pea brain its I only have so much time and if I eye Adams and he is open he gets the ball first. No real progressions in his game or he will be sacked big time

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croatpackfan's picture

October 01, 2021 at 07:20 am

You can say a lot about AR, good and bad and be correct, but to say that he has is a "pea brain" is huge mistake. AR is highly intelligent and well educated person. That fact does not have nothing with his character or his attitude...

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Cotreq's picture

September 30, 2021 at 06:42 pm

Its a long season , the other pass outlets will open up as the competition keys on Adams. By year end Lazard, MVS, Cobb and Tonyan will sport big numbers.

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Badacidtrip's picture

September 30, 2021 at 06:43 pm

We only have three games to go on in 2021, so I wouldn't blow this out of proportion. Having one of the best QB-WR connections in the NFL is a good thing!! I have no problem with Adams being the first read in the progressions of many play calls. If he's not open, I'm confident that Rodgers will make a good decision to go elsewhere.

Another consideration is the particular match ups we will face team by team. Against a team with a weak pass rush, maybe LaFleur will call more slow developing plays, and we'll see more bombs to MVS. If the safeties are particularly weak, maybe a heavy dose of Tonyan.

I'm just glad that, for one more year at least, we have an extremely talented receiver who is incentivized to have as good a year as possible!

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greengold's picture

October 01, 2021 at 09:35 am

Badacidtrip, this is probably the most poignant response in this AR/DA discussion. GB exploited a weakness in SF secondary. We will see this more, as other teams will struggle to have healthy, quality DBs to match up over 17 game schedule.

Let’s not forget, SF pass rush is one of the NFL’s best. Getting the ball out quickly was paramount, and, DA excels in short yardage separation. Add in SF being a top run D, and it was clear the Packers’ highest percentage gains were with a hot AR/DA hand. Two ACES…!

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Vforrest's picture

September 30, 2021 at 07:16 pm

Really…you write a sentence that we are to just accept as accurate…FORCE it to Adams!

You really think he gets all those balls because it’s FORCED? Not because he’s OPEN?

FORCED would be 50 attempts 20 completions 4 picks and 26 defended passes because he’s bracketed!

Three games in…let them play. And Shaq could only dunk…ok…next time take the dunk away!

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Oppy's picture

October 01, 2021 at 06:23 am

18 targets to Adams and only 4 targets to other WR's is pretty much the epitome of forced.

You're talking about 50 targets? To give you an idea, no other WR in the league has been targeted 18 times in a game so far this season.

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Thegreatreynoldo's picture

October 01, 2021 at 12:48 pm

I replied above, but this is a better point. Adams was targeted 8 times on AR's 18 attempts, 44.44%, which is high, but it was an efficient connection with Adams catching 7 for 73 yards (9.12 yards per target, which is an elite stat).

However, Adams was targeted 10 times in the 2nd half and caught just 5 for 59. Yards/target went way down (5.9 yds/target). And that was 10 of AR's 13 or 15 pass attempts (2 passes were apparently thrown away - at any rate no one is listed as a target for two attempts). So, somewhere between 66.7% and 76.9%.

Those second half numbers are both very large percentages, and very arguably too high.

Some might point to Cobb's modest contribution. However, Cobb has 5 targets (4 recs) in just 48 snaps (one target per 9.6 snaps). Adams = 1 target/4.5 snaps. Lazard = 1/20.3 snaps. MVS is 1/7.44 snaps.

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Vforrest's picture

October 01, 2021 at 02:13 pm

Just using Fictitious stats made up to make a point…yikes

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Oppy's picture

October 02, 2021 at 07:50 am

Vforrest, I hope you're not directing that comment to me.

For what it's worth, the original target tallies being posted post-game were 22 total WRs targeted of which 18 were attributed to Davante Adams.

It looks as though they are now attributing 26 targets to WRs- 18 to Davante, 4 to MVS, 1 to Lazard, 1 to Cobb.

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PhantomII's picture

September 30, 2021 at 09:52 pm

I'm pretty sure we will begin to see poor route running because guys don't want to expend the energy and not get targeted. For now guys like Lazard are doing some blocking for the run game also. Who doesn't like to put them on their can also? If someone shuts down the run or ML abandons it again...we will have problems. I did notice a lot of double teaming the DL by our OL. Their was a lot of good blocking going on and guys moving to the second level also. If all these things continue to happen, we will be okay. If Adams continues to be the focus he will minimum be hurt at some point from all the tackling. Body shots add up to.

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jannes bjornson's picture

October 01, 2021 at 06:52 pm

The name of the game in the WCO is run the route fast and efficiently every play, because next week, next month or at a key moment in a playoff game the ball will be coming to you and you may turn the play and win the Game.
This Country has been too absorbed with short-term thinking the past 40 years.

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greengold's picture

September 30, 2021 at 10:42 pm

Davante Adams’ usage currently is not unlike that of Jerry Rice. Adams is currently on pace for over 180 Targets. That would top Rice’s 176 Targets for 122 Rec and 1848 yds. in 1995, his highest recorded numbers through 11 seasons of his 18 year career.

I’d prefer more balance, more rushing attempts, more opportunities for the other real stars, or what could be stars in the making, if Aaron Rodgers would spread the love…

Rice won 3 Super Bowl rings in 1988, 1989 and 1994. SF did not win the SB in 1995. Never did he have more than 7.3 Rec/game. Davante eclipsed that total twice in last two seasons with 8.3 Rec/game each year. Adams is averaging exactly that this season with his 5, 8 and 12 respectively thru 3 games. FWIW.

Would be smart to run more, spread Tgts more, with long scoring drives v. PIT, to keep Roethlessberger on the sidelines, IMO. Make our game plan take away their full-on pass rush.

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croatpackfan's picture

October 01, 2021 at 07:33 am

"Would be smart to run more, spread Tgts more, with long scoring drives v. PIT, to keep Roethlessberger on the sidelines, ..."

I think Ben Roethlisberger will keep himself a lot on the sideline. He is shell of what he was once. I hope of at least 3 INT on his erratic throws.

Also,
" if Aaron Rodgers would spread the love…"
I'm quite sure that Love will have his own opportunity to spread himself in the next year or two...

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greengold's picture

October 01, 2021 at 09:21 am

Ha! Croat! Yeah, I’m just sitting back and seeing how our team does this year. They have my full support and I think they are built to go all the way. Still not sold on DL, unless they start giving more reps to Slaton next to Clark, but this O is loaded.

Quite frankly, what I said there is my plan facing any QB on our schedule, Week 1-17 and beyond. Balance. I can see picking your spots, when Adams is facing complete mismatches like last week and v. a decimated DET secondary. We will at some point face weaker run Ds, and we should exploit that in those games. Not many of those on our schedule.

Getting more players involved with meaningful, quality reps makes everyone better, strengthening your entire team. Green Bay will need that moving forward.

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Starrbrite's picture

September 30, 2021 at 11:23 pm

I believe we’ve seen this movie before. An article last year alleged ARod did not trust his other receivers; and I agreed; I still agree. Cobb can’t separate at the LOS and why I believe we released him previously. Lazard and MVS are above average, but I wonder on how many other teams they would be starters? IMO, Malik Taylor is as good or better as The others, “TAE” being the exception of course. My comment is not a complaint however, as long as it works, I don’t care how often ARod targets Davante. The question is, will it continue to work?

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SwedeBayPacker's picture

October 01, 2021 at 12:33 am

"We need to get more receivers for Rodgers!"

Ok but why?

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croatpackfan's picture

October 01, 2021 at 07:34 am

Good question. Maybe we can cut all of our receivers and invest the money in DL and ILBs?

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Guam's picture

October 01, 2021 at 07:47 am

Best comment of the day!!!!!!

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Razer's picture

October 01, 2021 at 07:40 am

A more balanced attack would have put this game out of reach by the end of the third quarter. Instead we had to rely on Rodgers hitting Adams on a spinning catch in the tightest of windows just to set up a 50+ yard FG. Force-feeding Adams is comfort food for Rodgers and its easy. Comfort food makes you fat.

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Oppy's picture

October 03, 2021 at 12:38 pm

This 100%.

Rodgers insists on doing it the hard way because of his trust issues; fans mistakenly believe the hard way is the only way it can be done as a result (the only WR option that can get open / the only thing that wins packers games is Rodgers to Adams).

We have a number of games over the last few years where Adams is sidelined from injury, and the offense is arguably better, with Rodgers handing the ball off more, and hitting a variety of WRs that fans typically claim can't get open. Long scoring drives ensue.

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Matt Gonzales's picture

October 01, 2021 at 08:06 am

Some of this is comfort. Some of this is opportunity. Some of this may be by design. Teams are playing a lot of 2-high/quarters on GB right now and Adams is showing he can find soft spots in coverage and fake out defenders. Defenders reviewing film will start to overcompensate to take this away with bracket coverage, opening up more favorable looks elsewhere on the field.

If AR is still forcing the ball to a double covered Adams and either turning it over or throwing a lot of incompletions when there are other receivers open, then we can be concerned. Right now, I have no concerns.

Most teams will give what the defense gives them. The Packers are trying to show early on that they are going to play whatever they want to play. If it works, it's absolutely demoralizing to a defense.

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jannes bjornson's picture

October 01, 2021 at 06:57 pm

Give this man a medal.

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BAMABADGER's picture

October 01, 2021 at 09:58 am

This is what differentiates Brady from Rodgers. If a receiver is open, Brady trusts him. Rodgers.... er perhaps, maybe, sort of.
Result: Brady 6 rings... Rodgers only 1.

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jannes bjornson's picture

October 01, 2021 at 07:00 pm

Brady has Evans, Gronk, Antonio Brown, Godwin, Scotty Miller and Jones out of the backfield. Your retort...

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Badacidtrip's picture

October 01, 2021 at 08:42 pm

With all due respect Bamabadger, I get where you're coming from, but I think that's awfully simplistic. It's true that Rodgers demands a higher consistency of route running by his receivers than perhaps most other NFL QBs, including Brady. But is that a bad thing??

And while we're on Brady, while anyone would be a fool not to acknowledge his greatness, but IMHO, rings are a team accomplishment, and Brady has had much better luck than Rodgers in that regard. Coaching too, needless to say.

Tom is a great competitor with ice in his veins, but our #12 routinely makes plays the co-called GOAT can't even dream of. Rodgers is by far the more talented QB and it's a shame he doesn't have more hardware to show for it.

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Ferrari-Driver's picture

October 02, 2021 at 02:33 pm

Until defensive coordinators figure out a way to stop the Rodgers to Adams duo, it would seem a mistake for the Packers to not continue to beat that drum.

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