Davante Adams remains a constant amidst Packers' offensive woes

-- Any struggles the Green Bay Packers have endured this season offensively, wide receiver Davante Adams should probably be miles away from blame. 

Adams has been one of the top contributors as far as quarterback Aaron Rodgers' targets go, and in Adams' first season without Jordy Nelson -- now an Oakland Raider -- over his shoulder, Adams is "the man" in Green Bay.

But there's been no evidence of his production slowing down to cope with a reimagined offense under returning coordinator, Joe Philbin. Rather than picking up where he left off, Adams has increased his production on a yearly basis.

If the first five games of this season -- Adams' fifth -- are any indicator, he's only going to improve with time.

"I feel pretty good," Adams told Packers.com after Thursday's practice. "I’m healthy for the most part, I feel like I’m in a good spot with my game. I’m pretty comfortable with where I feel on the field. The coaching staff has done a good job of moving me around in the last game a little bit more. I’m feeling as good as I’ve ever felt."

Adams, who was leading the league in touchdown receptions since 2016 up until last weekend when Pittsburgh Steelers receiver Antonio Brown finally tied him at 26, has been battling a calf injury since last week.

Despite this, Adams has his most receiving yards and is tied for his most touchdowns through any five-game stretch to start a season in his career.

"It’s feeling pretty good," Adams said of his calf. "It’s pretty sore, but other than that, it’s normal football soreness. I don’t expect it to limit me moving forward at all."

Adams was taken off the Packers' injury report on Thursday, returning to practice in full fashion for the first time since leading up to the Packers' week four game against the Buffalo Bills.

In last week's loss to the Detroit Lions, Adams was the lone veteran at the receiver position tasked with the responsibility of helping uplift a young group made up of Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown: Two of the three receivers they drafted back in April.

Adams had his second-highest yardage total in a single game for his career, but the offense couldn't muster form of progress in the first half. It caused the Packers to fall into a 24-0 hole.

This week, however, there's a chance Adams will have both Randall Cobb (hamstring) and Geronimo Allison (hamstring) back on the field with him for Monday night's primetime meeting with the San Francisco 49ers.

Both Cobb and Allison returned to practice on Thursday, albeit in limited fashion. According to coach Mike McCarthy, Allison cleared concussion protocol as well.

The hope is that having a well-rounded group back out at the receiver position will help the offense start to churn its gears again and function for a full 60 minutes as opposed to just the second half, which hasn't been the case in two of the Packers' five games so far this year.

"It’s big," Adams said of the returning receivers. "We can see the difference. We played pretty good football in the second half, so if we came out early and playing like we did in there with some juice and some fire, making some big plays, I feel like that could set the stage for how we come out the whole game."

Adams has been a member of some high-powered offenses during his time with the Packers, so stumbling out of the gate isn't exactly something he's used to -- especially with Rodgers at the helm -- or something he wants to make a habit of.

"It’s definitely frustrating. But you live and learn. The great teams are the ones that can make mistakes and learn from them quickly and have a quick turnaround, so that’s what we’re hoping to do."

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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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October 12, 2018 at 11:38 am

Adams had two chances to make game altering catches. He didn't make either. that is a fact and a big fact.

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October 12, 2018 at 04:37 pm

IDK, I liked Adams in the slot a lot. Between Cobb and Graham, that's a lot of snaps in the slot. I guess it wouldn't break my heart if Cobb can't go Monday night (assuming we win without him) so I can see Adams in the slot more, and indeed ESB and MVS in the slot as well. It might work out for us down the road this season. [I've long thought that Cobb was just a somewhat above average slot receiver. Nelson and now Adams are monsters when they're in the slot and I think ESB and MVS in particular present serious problems for defenses when they are in the slot.]

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October 23, 2019 at 04:10 am

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