There are many excellent wide receivers in the NFL today. However, one of the best might be Aaron Rodgers’ favorite weapon on the Green Bay Packers, Davante Adams. The connection between Rodgers and Adams has been unstoppable this season and has ultimately made the Packers’ offense one of the most dangerous in the NFL. Adams has certainly put himself in the conversation to be considered the best wide receiver in the game with his play of late, and now Rodgers is sending a strong message to the entire league about Adams.
Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams have a dangerous connection for the Green Bay Packers
The Green Bay Packers selected Davante Adams in the second round of the 2014 NFL draft out of Fresno State, and he has ultimately become a star for Green Bay with Aaron Rodgers.
After gaining 446 receiving yards during his rookie season and 483 in his second season in 2015, Adams had an excellent year in 2016. During that season, he had 75 catches for 997 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Adams then earned his first Pro Bowl selection in 2017, as he caught 74 passes for 885 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns in 14 games before he earned another Pro Bowl selection in 2018 with career-highs in receptions with 111, receiving yards with 1,386, and touchdown catches with 13.
During the 2019 season, Adams earned his third consecutive Pro Bowl selection as he had 83 catches for 997 yards and five touchdowns in 12 games.
So far this season, Adams has been one of the best receivers in the NFL. In six games, he has 53 catches for 675 receiving yards and a league-leading eight touchdown catches.
He claimed that he is the best wide receiver in the NFL
In the last three weeks, Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams have been on an absolute tear together.
In Week 7 against the Houston Texans, Adams caught 13 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns. He then had three touchdown catches in Week 8 before catching 10 passes for 173 yards and a touchdown in Week 9.
This led to him recently saying that he is the best wide receiver in the NFL.
“I think that’s fair to say,” Adams said, according to ProFootballTalk. “I think that’s not being conceited; that’s just being confident. I think obviously what I’ve done and what I’m going to continue to do is going to prove that, to anybody who isn’t on board with that. At the end of the day, I’ll tell you yes, absolutely, I think I’m the best wide receiver in the game, but there’s a lot of things that go into me being able to make that statement.”
While Adams is certainly confident, he now has his quarterback sending out a strong message about him.
Aaron Rodgers sends out a strong message about Davante Adams
It is pretty clear that Adams is Rodgers’ favorite target. He has been targeted 69 times so far this season. The Packers receiver with the second-most targets is Marquez Valdes-Scantling with 39.
Rodgers recently had high praise for his favorite weapon, too, as he said that Adams is proving that he is the best receiver in the game with his play on the field.
“He’s done it in a variety of different ways,” Rodgers said on the Nov. 6 episode of The Pat McAfee Show. “His skill set is so unique because he has the talent to get on top on the outside; you saw it last night. He’s an incredible route runner. He’s good at in-breakers and out-breakers. He’s good after the catch. You just don’t have that combination.”
Rodgers continued: “He’s such a talented guy and he’s got such a great confidence. It’s one of those things … you’re kind of sitting there in the locker room before the game and kind of looking around, and gauging the feel of the team. Who looks locked in? Who looks relaxed? Who might be nervous today? Who do I need to focus on to make sure they’re dialed in and feel good about things? Every time I look at [Davante], I just think, ‘Man, I’m so glad he’s on our team.'”
Rodgers certainly seems to appreciate his No. 1 receiver. Maybe, it’s time for the rest of the league, and the fans of the league, to start doing so too.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference