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Davante Adams Gets Some Respect from Vikings CB Xavier Rhodes

One of the most recent conversations in Brian Baldinger's film breakdown series is with standout Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes. In a preview posted to his Twitter, Baldinger asks Rhodes to name the top three toughest receivers in the league to guard. The first two responses are no surprise: Antonio Brown and Julio Jones. The third was Davante Adams... a choice that may not be surprising at all to Packers fans or anyone paying attention to Adams' play of late, but might raise some eyebrows among other people who aren't as familiar with what Adams is capable of.

Here's what Rhodes has to say about Adams.

"This guy is unbelievable. I told him after the game, i said, 'I've seen you a first-time guy to now, a tremendous change. You've improved your game so much.' And I told him, 'I'm proud of you bro, I love going against you.' I know going into the game, I've got to get myself together. I know I'm going to have to call my mom and tell her, 'don't call my phone! I don't want to talk to anybody! I'm laser-focused.' I'm not trying to miss a second of anything. I want to know if he put his right toe up when he's moving his right foot, and I want to know what route is that."

Always cool to hear the respect players have for each other's games, and Rhodes clearly appreciates not only the extent to which Adams has grown his game over their years of facing each other, but also the level of detail and care that Adams has honed into his game. 

Side note: a friend of mine bet me Adams wouldn't be among the league leaders in receiving touchdowns this year. I feel like it's a safe bet to say he's wrong about that.


Tim Backes is a lifelong Packer fan and a contributor to CheeseheadTV. Follow him on Twitter @timbackes for his Packer takes, random musings and Untappd beer check-ins.

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Lare's picture

Adams will get his touchdowns and catches as long as he's used effectively and is comfortable in La Fleur's offensive scheme. He's just too good to be totally negated by opposing teams.

KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

Be interesting to see how everything plays out but hard to believe Rodgers wont always have Adam's in his sight as his #1.

murf7777's picture

He’s a perfect example of why we need patience with younger players. I’ve always loved his potential. I remember many fans calling for his head after the second year! Patience is a virtue.

Nick Perry's picture

I remember too... Adams showed a glimpse in 2014 but when he struggled in 2015 I kept thinking about another great Packers WR who took 3 years to really take off...Jordy Nelson. Even when Nelson himself said it takes 3 years people still wanted Adams gone...literally. They actually thought he should be cut in 2016.

McCarthy's offense has so many different things you had to do as a WR if the CB did this, the Safety did that if the defense was playing man, zone, or any number of other factors, Adams had to learn them all and THAT takes time.

One of the greatest things about Adams? He's still only 26!

Coldworld's picture

Moore seems to me to be a very close parallel in terms of learning curve and physical attributes yet the general commentary on him is going down the same path as that of Adams did prior to him consigning that to history.

Some players are going to take time. Sometimes these players are with their weight in gold. A good NFL roster has a few of these even though not all will click. Why? Because there are so few ready made stars in each draft (and not all of them turn out as expected). No team can stock up that way alone.

It is the development players that are the difference between decent and good, or perhaps the percentage of such players a team can unlock the potential of. You can’t unlock potential that isn’t there, however.

This seems to be too often forgotten these days.

ShanghaiKid's picture

Coldworld, Moore didn’t show 1/4 of what Adams did in his rookie season. At least with Adams you saw flashes of what he could be. Moore has proven very little to this point, and it will be his second offense in as many years. I’m not holding my breath for him to make this great leap.

4thand1's picture

Moore= hands of stone

KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

While I see a few dissatisfied comments from posters about Moore it is way too soon to write him off. If one ignores the dropped passes and simply look at Moore from an athletic perspective he is a FREAK! All the possible talent one might want in a receiver is obviously there. Time will tell whether he can put it all together.

With his build and his physical abilities if WR doesnt pan out (though I see him as the perfect slot WR for the Packers) I could see him at returner, and even as a converted RB. The guy is very talented and too early to give up on.

RCPackerFan's picture

'McCarthy's offense has so many different things you had to do as a WR if the CB did this, the Safety did that if the defense was playing man, zone, or any number of other factors'

This is what I'm wondering. Will LaFluers offense help the young WR's more? Meaning will it allow them to learn it faster and becoming better quicker? If so our trio of 2nd year guys could be primed for a big jump this year.

KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

Do not know how easy the new offense will be to learn compares to MM's, but I do know this:

All the WR's are starting at ground zero and will learn together helping each other.

Last year's rookie WR's and Kumero (and practice squad WR's) have a year experience under their belt which is huge. They have had all off season to work on their game and know what to expect this year.

Rodgers will be much more comfortable with each of them as WR's.

The running game will be emphasized more opening up the passing game.

The offensive line will be better giving both Rodgers and WR's more time.

It all bodes well for everyone including the WR's. Looking forward to a fun and exciting season.

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