Green Bay Packers News: Rookie Davante Adams Could Grab Starting Wide Receiver Spot

The Green Bay Packers expected to have some playmakers on offense this year with Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson, but the surprise of the early season has been the emergence of rookie wide receiver Davante Adams.

In Sunday’s comeback win over the New York Jets, the second round pick from Fresno State had five catches for 50 years, including a key 24-yard catch on third down in what would be a 97-yard touchdown drive.

After having no passes thrown his way in Week 1, Davante Adams now appears to have taken over the No. 3 receiver spot.

“It was big,” Adams said of his Week 2 performance. “I feel like I’m just scratching the surface though. I’ve just got to continue to grow from here and that type of stuff is only going to make me better.”

The rookie’s play has also caught the attention of Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

“It’s plays like that that give you a lot of confidence as a young player, and I’m really proud of him,” Rodgers said. “He stepped up. He played really well. I think he’ll start to settle in, and you’ll see even more big plays from him.”

The Green Bay Packers rookie has been fighting to earn his position. Offensive coordinator Tom Clements said Adams had a strong week of practice leading up to the season opener against Seattle, though he only ended up on the field for nine snaps. But his strong effort continued the next week, earning him the chance to have his breakout game against the Jets.

“He’s earned those opportunities; he’s been coming on,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “You’re giving him a shot, see if he can give us a spark, and he made some plays. That’s the beauty of competition. You want all these guys competing each and every day. Boykin, I love the young man. He’s going to play a lot of football for us. When someone makes plays you keep him in there.”

McCarthy agreed that Davante Adams “earned opportunities,” but would not say if he earned a starting position beside Green Bay Packers standout Jordy Nelson.

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