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Davante Adams thinks lessons from tough season can help him in future

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The Packers had high hopes for what wide receiver Davante Adams would bring to the lineup during the 2015 season, especially after they lost Jordy Nelson to a torn ACL, but Adams never hit those expectations.

He dealt with an ankle injury early in the year and a knee injury late, although things weren’t all that great when he was healthy. Drops were an issue for Adams and veteran James Jones wound up playing a more prominent role in the offense as the year progressed.

The struggles led to criticism and Adams said he had to “learn to block that out and be positive” when things aren’t going your way. Adams says it’s not the only lesson he learned this year that he thinks can make him a better player in the future.

“Having two things that really stopped me from playing, I’ve never really had to deal with that before,” Adams said, via the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “But you learn to put up with it. You learn to stay mentally tough throughout that process, and I think that’s something that could help me as a guy who plans on playing a long time in this league.”

Nelson is expected back for next season along with Randall Cobb, so Adams should be in a less prominent spot than he was when the 2015 season got underway. With Jeff Janis coming on late in the year and rookie Ty Montgomery coming back as well, the exact spot he’ll be in remains uncertain so anything he can use from this season to help him improve in the offseason should come in handy in the battle for playing time in Green Bay.

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54 Responses to “Davante Adams thinks lessons from tough season can help him in future”
  1. thenoshows says: Jan 26, 2016 11:39 AM

    What is the likelyhood that Nelson returns as good as he was?

  2. isit5pmyet says: Jan 26, 2016 11:41 AM

    Davante Adams is a scrub. He is the guy that feasts on B competition but crumbles against the good guys. A front-runner.

  3. Teddy BustH20's House of Noodles says: Jan 26, 2016 11:44 AM

    What is the likelyhood that Nelson returns as good as he was?
    ————
    This isn’t 1989. ACL injuries aren’t what they used to be. He’s actually months ahead of his rehab schedule and said he could have played in the playoffs if he wasn’t on IR, so probably likely.

  4. ruvelligwebuike says: Jan 26, 2016 11:50 AM

    Adams was never healthy all year. And now that he has Janis and Montgomery pushing him and an off season to fully heal, I think you’ll see more of what he did his rookie year (and the last two games this year) than what he’s being judged on.

    Players actually improve from year to year in the Packers system. This concept is foreign to many teams, particularly one to the immediate west of Wisconsin.

  5. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 26, 2016 11:53 AM

    Wasn’t this the guy Packer fans said would step right in for Nelson and not miss a beat? Well, don’t worry. I’m sure Jeff Janis will step right in next year and be great.

  6. ariani1985 says: Jan 26, 2016 11:53 AM

    A slow injury prone Nelson isnt going to help! Maybe if you had a pro bowl QB like the vikings you could actually get out of 2nd place!

  7. whatjusthapped says: Jan 26, 2016 11:54 AM

    Rumor has it that McCarthy has threatened Adams that if he doesn’t put forth a better effort, the Packers will cut his sorry butt and he will go the waiver wire and then on to Minnesota, when other Packer WR’s go to die.

  8. magnusthe1st says: Jan 26, 2016 11:55 AM

    The way Adams played all season coupled with how Abbrederis and Janis alone played in the playoffs should be a good indication of where this guy will stand on the Packers roster next year. . . on the sidelines if he’s lucky.

  9. Kelly's Chronicles says: Jan 26, 2016 12:06 PM

    You can’t only bring your A game at this level every once in awhile. That is a hard lesson many young players struggle with coming in especially if they are used to getting by with their athleticism in college.

  10. lavamachine says: Jan 26, 2016 12:09 PM

    Nelson, Cobb, Adams, Montgomery, Janis, Abberdarius this is a fantastic WR crew.

    Now we need a big, fast, strong TE who can make plays with consistency!

    Remember the Keith Jackson, Mark Chumra, and Wesley Walls combo? This year’s TE production was pathetic.

    Find a Gronkowski an Olsen a Kelce please!

  11. diveleft says: Jan 26, 2016 12:10 PM

    The most important lesson he learned this year is that his team is no longer dominant in the division, let alone the conference.

  12. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 26, 2016 12:11 PM

    If you can’t catch a Hail Mary, you have no future on this offense.

  13. dontcrybecauseyoureafanofthevikings says: Jan 26, 2016 12:12 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Jan 26, 2016 11:53 AM
    A slow injury prone Nelson isnt going to help! Maybe if you had a pro bowl QB like the vikings you could actually get out of 2nd place!

    The NFL had to invite Bustwater. Every other starting QB in the league declined to participate.

  14. tjacks7 says: Jan 26, 2016 12:15 PM

    He dealt with an ankle injury early in the year and a knee injury late.

    And no hands the entire year.

  15. lavamachine says: Jan 26, 2016 12:15 PM

    Ariani are you wearing your last queens Superbowl loss T-shirt & hat? That would 1977…..ha, ha, ha

  16. marttizzle says: Jan 26, 2016 12:27 PM

    …however, my Vikings are the division champions!

  17. filthymcnasty3 says: Jan 26, 2016 12:29 PM

    Hopefully it will help him with his next team. I’ve seen enough of Adams in Green Bay.

    The Packers and their fans deserve better.

  18. dontcrybecauseyoureafanofthevikings says: Jan 26, 2016 12:39 PM

    marttizzle says:
    Jan 26, 2016 12:27 PM
    …however, my Vikings are the division champions!

    Do the Viking players get rings for that? Oh, I forgot, Zygi is still paying off that $85 million fraud judgement and can’t afford rings for his players. I guess free donuts for the Donut Club will have to do.

  19. djvh2 says: Jan 26, 2016 12:43 PM

    “The way Adams played all season coupled with how Abbrederis and Janis alone played in the playoffs should be a good indication of where this guy will stand on the Packers roster next year. . . on the sidelines if he’s lucky.”

    Well, if they keep McCarthy as head coach, it’ll be 2018 before he realizes that Adams isn’t producing and that Janis and Abbrederis are.

  20. scotthochsdramaticweightgain1 says: Jan 26, 2016 12:45 PM

    It’s hard to stick in the NFL when you drop 67% of the passes thrown your way. But look on the bright side, he can always get a job as a minimum wage security guard at Sears. Maybe.

  21. ariani1985 says: Jan 26, 2016 12:45 PM

    Hey Davante, don’t worry you still have your 8″x11″ runner up banner in your locker for motivation to look at!

  22. shaggytoodle says: Jan 26, 2016 12:50 PM

    It takes time to adjust to the NFL, and Adams isn’t off to the best of starts, but Jennings and James Jones didn’t get off to great starts either in their first few seasons.

    The good news is players can work on drops James Jones went from a dropping passes and driving fans wild to leading the league in TDs.

    Hopefully Adams gets on that off season plan.

  23. rosstuckershair says: Jan 26, 2016 12:52 PM

    Players actually improve from year to year in the Packers system. This concept is foreign to many teams, particularly one to the immediate west of Wisconsin.

    How are Perry and Datone Jones doing?…they both look like 1st picks to comp picks

  24. deltaoracle says: Jan 26, 2016 12:54 PM

    He has athleticism to spare, but needs to put in the time, study and dedication needed to be a pro mentally. Otherwise he’ll just be a slightly better version of Flashy Patterson.

  25. rosstuckershair says: Jan 26, 2016 12:55 PM

    Do the Viking players get rings for that? Oh, I forgot, Zygi is still paying off that $85 million fraud judgement and can’t afford rings for his players. I guess free donuts for the Donut Club will have to do…

    Do you think the last two overtime losses by the Green Bay Rodgers were the quickest in NFL history?

  26. sconnyslovethemsomecousins says: Jan 26, 2016 1:06 PM

    “Players actually improve from year to year in the Packers system. This concept is foreign to many teams, particularly one to the immediate west of Wisconsin.”

    Ahhh, I see! That must be the reason Big Boy Lacy had such a great season! So how much into your bottle of brandy were ya to weave such a spot-on football take?

  27. captainwhodat says: Jan 26, 2016 1:12 PM

    it’s simple…try catching the ball instead of letting the ball bounce of your hands and chest, and after you master that aspect, try doing some game video study instead of playing video games….

  28. lavamachine says: Jan 26, 2016 1:13 PM

    Where do the queens get their pigtails and purple tights cleaned at seasons end?

    Congrats on your 1 and done this year.

    Get some T-shirts made.

    27 yard shank, makes my day thinking about it, and the Favre interception!

  29. In Teddy We Trust says: Jan 26, 2016 1:24 PM

    @lavamachine –

    You’ve been giving us some great memories lately too!

  30. Probowler Teddy Bridgewater says: Jan 26, 2016 1:26 PM

    Maybe he’d do better with a competent QB – like Probowler Teddy Bridgewater!

    Or maybe not, since you’d think a professional football player would have learned that holding onto the football is an importaat skill for a WR.

  31. MrGschwind says: Jan 26, 2016 1:29 PM

    How quickly the “division champs” forget they can’t kick their way out of a wet paper bag.

  32. stevedenetz says: Jan 26, 2016 2:00 PM

    he can improve a lot just by catching the damn ball

  33. nicofthenorthstar says: Jan 26, 2016 2:02 PM

    I think the most important thing we all can learn from this past season is that nothing, NOTHING, is the head-coach’s fault.

  34. stevedenetz says: Jan 26, 2016 2:05 PM

    ariani1985 says: Jan 26, 2016 11:53 AM

    A slow injury prone Nelson isnt going to help! Maybe if you had a pro bowl QB like the vikings you could actually get out of 2nd place!
    ……………………………………………………………………

    this pro bowl qb class also includes jamies Winston and tyrod taylor. bustwater should be proud. all the top qb’s have said no thanks, let the little boys play

  35. purpleguy says: Jan 26, 2016 2:47 PM

    I’ll bet we see Janis and Abbadabbado playing more than Adams next year. They at least ran precise routes.

  36. vikingfanlogic says: Jan 26, 2016 3:00 PM

    Vikings fans really seem worried about Packers backup WR’s. But they really should be worried about their own lack of a passing game.

    Rec Yds Avg TDs
    Vikings Top Reciever
    2015 Regular Season 52 720 13.8 4
    2015 Postseason 4 26 6.5 0

    Guy who wasn’t on Packers roster during preseason
    2015 Regular Season 50 890 17.8 8
    2015 Postseason 7 81 11.6 0

  37. crownofthehelmet says: Jan 26, 2016 3:16 PM

    Adams would help out his stats by going on the Lacy diet. He’ll be a few steps slower, and noodle-arm Rodgers will hit him in stride instead of the usual underthrown bouncer.

  38. wafflestomp says: Jan 26, 2016 3:40 PM

    I seriously want to thank the Heidis for all of their “spot on” advice.
    But, since Pro Bowler Teddy and his wideouts only mustered a 31st ranked passing attack, I think I’ll leave our offensive issues to our professional coaches.

  39. deltaoracle says: Jan 26, 2016 4:05 PM

    Norv’s seven step drop system just doesn’t work as designed when his QB can accurately throw no more than ten steps.

  40. greenbaychicksarefat says: Jan 26, 2016 4:21 PM

    Maybe if Rodgers would throw better passes his way, he wouldn’t drop as many. His lack of development is a direct result of Rodgers & McCarthy’s incompetence.

  41. realcaliforniacheese says: Jan 26, 2016 4:55 PM

    It doesn’t take a genius to see why Davante Adams was a ‘catching machine’ at a less-than-D1 College Program. He couldn’t catch a COLD !! Aaron must have thrown at least 90% of those passes right into Adam’s hands and HE DROPPED EACH OF THEM. When Jordy gets back, the PACK will have no use for Davante Adams because there’s only ONE ball and 5-6 other better receivers already on the roster. Get us a quality TE to go with Rich-Rod and we will be all set again. Oh, THAT, and P90X program for Ed ‘Lazy’ ??

  42. watmain03 says: Jan 26, 2016 5:02 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Jan 26, 2016 11:53 AM

    A slow injury prone Nelson isnt going to help! Maybe if you had a pro bowl QB like the vikings you could actually get out of 2nd place

    Drugs/alcohol must be very reasonable priced in Vikingland

  43. stellarperformance says: Jan 26, 2016 5:22 PM

    Viking trolls out in force. Nobody believes the Vikings are suddenly better than the Packers. Nobody, including them.

    They have to spew their same old stuff to convince themselves otherwise, and the frequency with which they’re showing up tells me it isn’t working.

    Enjoy your title….no, not that one…..the record holding title of the most post season losses since the merger.

    That one.

  44. pkrlvr says: Jan 26, 2016 6:00 PM

    One of the trolls actually called Rodgers noodle armed. Lol. What are these people smoking.

  45. ariani1985 says: Jan 26, 2016 6:12 PM

    Who is going to be the first troll to bring up the facts that little erin Rogers has never won a OT game! He sure is clutch! Lol! Do I dare bring up his horrible playoff record?

  46. pkrlvr says: Jan 26, 2016 6:22 PM

    Ariani, it doesn’t seem you know what trolling is. See, this is a packer story. Packer fans can say what they want here. Viking fans with nothing but negative, idiotic bs (like you) are the trolls.

  47. beerbratscheese says: Jan 26, 2016 6:49 PM

    lavamachine says:
    Jan 26, 2016 12:09 PM

    Nelson, Cobb, Adams, Montgomery, Janis, Abberdarius this is a fantastic WR crew.
    =======================

    I could say that, if these young players all develop and play to their potential, it could be the best WR corp Rodgers has had to work with.

    However, if I said that, Vikings fans would later say “Every Packers fan guaranteed that this would be the greatest WR corp in the history of the NFL”, so I won’t say that.

    They should be pretty darn good, though.

  48. stellarperformance says: Jan 26, 2016 7:18 PM

    ariani1985 says:
    Jan 26, 2016 6:12 PM
    Who is going to be the first troll to bring up the facts that little erin Rogers has never won a OT game! He sure is clutch! Lol! Do I dare bring up his horrible playoff record?
    /////////////////////////////

    Who?

  49. usdcoyotesfan says: Jan 26, 2016 8:03 PM

    We all know Ed Gein was born and lived his whole life in Minnesota.

  50. usdcoyotesfan says: Jan 26, 2016 8:05 PM

    ariani1985 says: Nothing of value.

  51. packertruth says: Jan 26, 2016 8:58 PM

    Report comment

    rosstuckershair says:
    Jan 26, 2016 12:52 PM

    Players actually improve from year to year in the Packers system. This concept is foreign to many teams, particularly one to the immediate west of Wisconsin.

    How are Perry and Datone Jones doing?…they both look like 1st picks to comp picks
    ——————————————
    They are doing better than Matt Kalil and that dude was the fourth player picked in the draft. Fourth. Packers don’t get the chance to pick fourth because they haven’t sucked that bad in quite a while.

  52. packertruth says: Jan 26, 2016 9:11 PM

    ariani1985 says:

    Jan 26, 2016 6:12 PM
    Who is going to be the first troll to bring up the facts that little erin Rogers has never won a OT game! He sure is clutch! Lol! Do I dare bring up his horrible playoff record?
    ————————–
    I dunno, you I guess. And each time you do I suppose someone will point out Bridgewater has never won a playoff game. Rodger’s playoff record is 7-6…..

    Do the Vikings even have seven wins combined from the players on their 53 man roster? I have no idea, but I bet it’s pretty close.

  53. canadapackers says: Jan 26, 2016 11:22 PM

    He had better come into camp in shape and know the routes. As long as he can run his routes and make sure that he doesnt have any drops and gets some YAC. Then we will be back to where we were a few years back when we could put the Big 5 onto the field.

  54. igocommando says: Jan 27, 2016 1:26 AM

    I’m a bulldog fan. Always liked adams and thought he would step right in for nelson. As a Viking fan I’m happy he didn’t succeed, but he has skills and I wouldn’t be surprised if he steps it up next year.

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