Davante Adams may struggle to make Packers’ roster

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As a second-round draft pick in 2014, Packers receiver Davante Adams has been a disappointment. And he may be running out of time to change that.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Adams is one of the receivers who will be “battling for their lives” in training camp. That report pegs Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb as locks to make the roster, with Adams, Ty Montgomery, Jeff Janis, Jared Abbrederis, Trevor Davis, Ed Williams and Jamel Johnson competing for the remaining three or four roster spots devoted to wide receivers.

Although Adams has started 23 games in his first two seasons, he hasn’t played well. Last year he averaged just 9.7 yards a catch and scored just one touchdown. Based on merit — rather than on draft position — it’s hard to see how he’d win a roster spot unless he shows dramatic improvement in the next four months.

With Nelson injured, the Packers’ most effective receiver last year was James Jones, but the team has told Jones it’s moving on to younger players. But despite his draft status, Adams may not be one of the younger receivers on the roster.

79 responses to “Davante Adams may struggle to make Packers’ roster

  1. TT and the Packers would love to get Patterson from the Vikings. He would instantly improve the talent on the team. We all know that the Packers love some Viking scraps

  2. In training camp last year he was the star. Then he got hurt and tried to play the year on one leg. He may have lost it. He may be a star. He may be a bench warmer.

    But he, like everyone, else will have to win a roster spot this season.

  3. And yet, GM Ted Thompson is continually considered one of the
    best draft evaluators!

    I realize every team swings & misses at the draft, but “experts” consistently slobber over TT & his GM skills

    Since Clay Matthews was taken in the 2009 draft, Thompson
    has missed a lot on 1st & 2nd rounders

  4. I ain’t no genius or nothin’ like that but why can’t James Jones be the third WR?

  5. But, but, but…Packers fans claimed he would be a number one on any other team and all that.

  6. Keep him. Davante Adams is the best player our Packers have. We need him.

  7. Jeff Janis – lock, special teams ace.
    Ty Montgomery – lock, was excellent before injury.
    Jared Aberderis, based on his play at the end of the year is also probably a lock.

    That doesn’t leave a lot of room for Davante Adams, he has one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel.

  8. If my Packers couldn’t coach him, maybe Germany’s Unicorns can teach him how to play if he does get cut. They know what they’re doing.

  9. I’m surprised at this. Aaron is supposed to be able to make any WR a star. What’s happening to Aaron?

  10. Wait, you mean the Packers spent a high pick on a bust? Shocking.

  11. He just needs to work on his luck so he can catch the Hail Mary passes.

  12. Nobody who watched him would be surprised by this news. I don’t see Thompson bailing on a second rounder unless he really bombs in camp this summer.

  13. He had the opportunity of a lifetime last season and didn’t take advantage.

  14. Philly, bring him in for a look see if he gets cut. He did struggle last season, however we need help at WR.

  15. Remember last year when all of the Packer trolls on this site said he would shatter EVERY receiving record in the NFL and was the second coming of Jerry Rice????? You guys ready to eat your words????

  16. If the kid can stay healthy he’s be a good player, but at some point you lose patience and move on. It’s frustrating. It’s not like Ted Thompson missed on this guy. The kid is a hard worker, a good guy, and a good player.

  17. I love the Packers, but one of the things they (and a lot of teams) do is hang on to guys way too long when it’s apparent they’re not making the grade. Davante was drafted semi-high which contributes to that, but the dude has shown he’s got stone hands, can’t get separation, and is kind of slow.

    With all the talent behind him on the depth chart, I’m worried management will be blinded by “what could be” with him and let go of guys who can and have actually make a difference. With what Janis and Abbrederis were able to do last year, they were wasting starts on Davante who couldn’t do anything. I hope that doesn’t happen again for the sake of some real talent getting on the field.

  18. Next Man Up.

    It doesn’t matter who. Nobody, and I mean nobody, believes the Vikings have leapfrogged the Packers.

    The Packers are still the team to beat in the North Division. The Vikings are a flash in the pan, and proved it against Seattle.

  19. I can almost guarantee you one of them will go down with an injury in camp/preseason to make that decision easier. I also wouldn’t be surprised if Ty’s lower leg injury, he had operated on, is going to take longer to heal than they say. In that case, he very well could be the IR designated to return candidate which would also allow all of them to make the team. Get more reps to get their act together with this offense. Then half way through the year someone will be put on IR so not to lose them but have your best WR’s for the late season run. The rookie Davis will make this team as we need his speed.

  20. Adams was hurt last year. Unclear how much that affected him but hope he’s healthy so he gets a full shot. Tons of athletic ability–more that Abbrederis, for example.

  21. They say the 3rd yr is the magic year for wide receivers and GB has 3 WRs going into their 3rd yrs; Adams, Janis and Abbrederis all from the same draft class. Certainly the 3 yr rule will play out for 1 or 2 of these guys but expecting all 3 to become good players might be asking to much from 1 draft.

    You fail to mention the other competition these guys will be facing in camp this year in the 3 undrafted FAs that were signed after the draft. One of them, another Devonte; Robinson, has the kind of speed(4.33), ability to return punts and play gunner on STs that will make it even harder to hold onto Adams should he not show dramatic improvement this preseason.

    I hope he plays well but I must admit, with all the other options they have at the position it would be nice to see him play well and fetch a decent draft pick in a trade before preseason is over. I want more speed at that position this year and Adams doesnt have the speed to keep up.

  22. Vikings fans in full swing. I love it. This is their time of year.

    Nice problem to have for the Pack – enviable depth at wide receiver and some tough choices to make. Young stable of emerging corners, a threatening pass rush, bigger and stronger on the defensive line, more depth on the offensive line and the best quarterback in the game. GoPackGo

  23. “It doesn’t matter who. Nobody, and I mean nobody, believes the Vikings have leapfrogged the Packers.”

    They leaped the Packer frog last year. Don’t sell them short. Bridgewater has talent and will get better. They have a good coach and an improving defense.

    Packers should win out because of better QB but it’s still a team game. The Pack was two Hail Marys away from 8-8 last year.

  24. Vikings fans need to win something before they talk crap. I’m serious… i keep hearing every year how they are going to be better and they never are. Talk smack AFTER you done something. Every year, EVERY YEAR, you say the same thing and end up with egg on your face because you don’t do crap. But at the beginning of every season you got folks claiming the Vikings year is this year and the packers are falterng and every year that’s just not the case.

    What do you think the packers are going to have the same injury trouble with Wide outs this year they did last year. Is that what you Viking fans are banking on. Or maybe their two stud corner backs will regress from a excellent rookie year. Maybe talk smack when you have facts and not conjecture… Only dumb vikings fans believe that they are better and guess what. Peterson ain’t getting any younger and he was STILL most of your offense last year.

  25. Just a couple things to keep in mind: First, it’s likely Green Bay carries only 2 QB’s and 1 FB this year as opposed to 3 and 2 from last year, so it’s not impossible that they would carry 7 WR’s on the final roster when camp breaks. Second, As another commenter noted, there’s a decent chance Montgomery starts on PUP, giving them an option to carry him off the active roster into the season. Third, as much as he’s a nice player, Abby has a history of injuries and essentially has not made it out of camp his first two years. In all honesty, unless he bombs in camp, I would bet on Adams being on the opening day roster.

  26. He wasn’t completely healthy last year. It is complete speculation to think he wont make the roster. Of course he has to earn a spot. Everyone does. It’s kinda absurd to think Abbrederis would win a spot over him and the Packers would give up on an early pick after one down year.

  27. I respect that the Packers normally don’t waste time cutting people-except for the o-line.

    Adams shot might be returning kicks and punts, because I think they need to save Cobb’s body for offense.

  28. Another draft bust by the supposed genius, Ted Thompson. Green Bay on the decline, get used to it Packer fans.

  29. Suggesting Ted has picked a lot of busts since Matthews is somewhat inaccurate. Of his 1sts and 2nds, 7 are either good picks or looking good. Two were flat out busts although one suffered a devastating injury. Three are probably disappointing but short of bust. Then there is Adams who is completely on the fence. For a rookie he flashed potential and his overall performance was satisfactory. His second year was terrible and it was more than the injury that held him back.

  30. Someone fast… I don’t care who it is… just put a body in there who can get off the line and run. The Packer’s receiving corps was the slowest in the league last year.

    Frankly, I’m more concerned with Cobb’s inability to produce without Nelson in the game than I am with Adams rough year. The whole offense sucked massively last year.

  31. With Nelson injured, the Packers’ most effective receiver last year was James Jones, but the team has told Jones it’s moving on to younger players.
    —-
    So you get rid of your most productive receiver last season because you want to move in to the younger players which were nowhere near as productive?

    Only in Green Bay does this make sense and is applauded.

    No wonder players take leaves of absence to sort their lives out.

  32. “Young stable of emerging corners, a threatening pass rush, bigger and stronger on the defensive line, more depth on the offensive line and the best quarterback in the game. GoPackGo”

    Tom Brady got traded to Green Bay?

  33. They have told him, off the record, that if he can tackle a certain aging receiver named Larry Fitzgerald, then he makes the team.

    He may be the only packer that can tackle the soon to be 33 year old.

    Keep those draft picks coming, Mr. “Genius” TT.

    TT’s success is tied to 2 guys-Rodgers and Matthews.
    Rodgers fell to him, and Fabio has somehow delayed his PED suspension, even after his cranium has doubled in size.

    Fabio now is the main “actor” on the Slim Jim bigfoot commercials…..no suit required.

  34. Right now –
    Brady at 38, Rodgers at 32.
    I’d take Rodgers.
    It’ll take another 8 years to figure out if Rodgers can accomplish nearly as much as Brady has and where his place is in NFL history but today, I’d take Rodgers.

  35. If Viking trolls were truly secure in feeling their team was better, I doubt they’d spend all the time and effort worrying about a WR who may not even make the GB roster.
    But I’d be nervous too if my team’s offense depended on a RB who’s on the wrong side of 30.

  36. yeah, no thanks. however, next offseason there are a lot of decent packer o-lineman set to be free agents.

  37. Maybe if the fudge had a better QB the receivers would look better. They’d better worry more about that pitiful defense. All those defensive guys would be 2nd stringers and special teamers in ‘sota.

  38. Adams is almost guaranteed to make the team.

    The Packers don’t just give up on their draft picks that easily, especially after an injury. WRs often don’t break out until their 3rd and 4th seasons anyway (see Jordy Nelson and Reggie Wayne for more information).

    Green Bay has kept 6 receivers before when they needed to as well. So unless something drastic happens, his spot is pretty secure.

    Assuming everyone else is healthy and out of trouble, the WRs actually fighting for the final roster spot(s) are Jared Abbrederis, Trevor Davis, Ed Williams and Jamel Johnson.

    The two which are most likely to make the team are Davis and Abbrederis.

  39. As someone said above, Adams was hurt for a good portion of the season.

    The Pack had (under the radar) a great offense in 2014. Then going into last year Nelson was lost for the year, Montgomery was lost for half the season, Adams was hurt and I’m sure nagged him the most of the year, and Lacy was a blimp. Outside of Nelson’s rather freak injury, the remainder of the fall off between 2014 and 2015 was CONDITIONING AND TECHNIQUE. And that falls right on McCarthy’s shoulders. The Pack of scapegoated a lot of assistants the last two years, so this year is the year where lack of conditioning and proper technique has to fall on Portly Schottenheimer. No more excuses.

  40. Outside of Nelson’s rather freak injury, the remainder of the fall off between 2014 and 2015 was CONDITIONING AND TECHNIQUE. And that falls right on McCarthy’s shoulders.
    ———–
    Good thing you are aware of the Packers conditioning program. In fact…injuries were actually down last year. Tearing ACL’s and having ankle injuries have very little to do with conditioning. But having Lacy show up to camp overweight after an offseason is the coaches problem? Get real. That’s a lack of personal responsibility.

  41. Adams will get 1 more shot & had to ball out. I think Abbs is odd man out b/c he can’t stay healthy. TD will be our new kickoff returner

  42. And your QB is who ragnarth? There’s only 2 elite QBs in the league. Rodgers and Brady. The rest are either good or sub par

  43. Good GMs draft players who HAVE personal responsibility and Coaches help fill in the gaps.

    TT can’t draft, MM cant coach.
    You can be a good WR if you have mediocre hands. You can be a good WR if you have mediocre speed. You can be a good WR if you have mediocre route running. You can’t be an NFL receiver if you are mediocre in all three.

  44. I look forward to Vikings trolls shutting their mouths by week 6. They WAY overachieved last year and are going to really regress as AP ages and they realize TB is the Sanchize without the buttfumble.

    It’s going to be glorious in week 2 as well. 🙂

  45. vltrophy14 says:
    May 4, 2016 4:12 PM
    And your QB is who ragnarth? There’s only 2 elite QBs in the league. Rodgers and Brady. The rest are either good or sub par
    —-
    Please remove Rodgers from any conversation that compares him to Brady.

    Beady doesn’t rely on Hail Mary’s to win games.

    Rodgers is nowhere near Brady. Nowhere. Near.

  46. Geez, how many posts can we get from trolls? Between Dahmer and all of the ariani alias’ we’ve got 45 Viking fan posts on a packer story. Lame.

  47. Right now –
    Brady at 38, Rodgers at 32.
    I’d take Rodgers.
    It’ll take another 8 years to figure out if Rodgers can accomplish nearly as much as Brady has and where his place is in NFL history but today, I’d take Rodgers.

    —————————————————

    I’m all in — you take Rodgers and 8 years, I’ll take Brady and his accomplishments to date.

    Name the amount and draw up the document…

  48. Tearing ACL’s and having ankle injuries have very little to do with conditioning.

    ==================

    Actually, non-contact torn ACLs can absolutely be prevented by proper conditioning…b

  49. The Viking trolls are out in force but after all, spring is their time of year. Paper Championships are won in the Spring and the Viking fans have years of history in that dept.

    Adams was hurt last year and he will never be a #1 or maybe even #2 WR in the NFL but the Packers are counting on him to be a solid #3. And he has accomplished something that no Viking WR has, he has caught a TD pass in the playoffs. He was part of a team that won a playoff game, something the Vikings haven’t done since 2009

  50. 250dollarnflowner says:
    May 4, 2016 7:54 PM
    As long as Adams can catch an onside kick, or tackle Larry Fitzgerald, there is a roster spot open to him.
    ////////////////////////////////////////////

    If not, I’m pretty sure he could at least kick a gimmee field goal. I think I could too. And my grandmother too. And your grandmother too.

  51. But, but, but, but, little erin Rogers was supposed to turn him into a star not a playoff choker! What is going on in turd town?

  52. ariani1985 says:
    May 5, 2016 10:45 AM
    But, but, but, but, little erin Rogers was supposed to turn him into a star not a playoff choker! What is going on in turd town?
    //////////////////////////////////////

    Who? Where?

  53. I will take our Rodgers over cry baby Brady anyday! And some of you call his Hail Mary’s lucky.. wow.. what a dumb comment. It all has to be in the timing, maybe a little luck there, but skill is involved as well. Not many QB’s can throw a ball that high and far.. so hush up on the Hail Mary’s being all luck… Packers still do and will continue to rule the NFC North!!!!

  54. Adams was a terrible pick. Pre draft analyst siad he played in a sprad offence and caught a ton!of short over the middle passes. Thus his roue running skills and downfiled skills were not appatrent. Ted looked at all those carvhes, ya for yards a pop, and thought what a steal. Im so lucky to get this guy. Ya right. Should have done more homework ted,another draft busts for you. Its adding up nicely.

  55. GB will be lucky to be 8-8 this year. No way they win the division, one and done again for mr rogers legacy. Choke choke choke

  56. 24 years of HOF QBs and you got 2 SB wins out of them. That speaks volumes about the rest of the teams you field up there in that ancient pee trough and steel bleacher dump. 13 championships? How many of you were even alive for any of the other 11 leather helmet wins when the “World” they were “champions” of consisted of about 6 teams?

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