The Ex­tra Point

Stamford Advocate (Sunday) - - Nfl -

The Green Bay Pack­ers’ Da­vante Adams can trace his as­cent to be­com­ing one of the most pro­duc­tive re­ceivers in the NFL to a cold night in late Novem­ber four years ago. That game against the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots is proof of how much a rookie must be pre­pared at any time to step up, even against the tough­est of op­po­nents. “Well I mean, I let ev­ery­body know as far as my ap­proach to the game ever since I got here was just to be ready at all times,” Adams said this week.

It’s a les­son that the Pack­ers’ cur­rent crop of rookie re­ceivers can draw from when Green Bay faces New Eng­land again on Sun­day night at Foxbor­ough.

In 2014, Adams took ad­van­tage of more looks when the Pa­tri­ots de­cided to fo­cus on then-top Pack­ers wide­out Jordy Nel­son. Adams had six catches for 121 yards on 11 tar­gets, get­ting as many re­cep­tions and tar­gets as he had drawn the three pre­vi­ous games com­bined.

“Yeah, that was prob­a­bly my com­ing out game,” Adams said.

Now Adams is quar­ter­back Aaron Rodgers’ top op­tion, the re­ceiver that usu­ally draws an op­po­nent’s best cor­ner­back. Adams has had at least 132 yards re­ceiv­ing in each of his past three games.

“Well, he’s big for us. I think he can do it all from the wide re­ceiver po­si­tion and we’re ex­pect­ing a lot of at­ten­tion by the Pa­tri­ots’ sec­ondary” on Adams, coach Mike McCarthy said.

If that’s the case, it could mean more looks for rookie wide­outs Mar­quez Valdes-Scantling or Equanimeous St. Brown.

The 6-foot-4 Valdes-Scantling has es­pe­cially taken ad­van­tage of more work in re­cent games with in­juries to starters Ran­dall Cobb and Geron­imo Al­li­son. They re­turned last week, but Valdes-Scantling still caught a touch­down pass last week, his sec­ond in three games.

Adams has of­fered sim­ple, but im­por­tant ad­vice to the rook­ies, just like Nel­son did to Adams four years ago.

“Don’t try to be (Adams.) Don’t try to be Cobb, don’t try to be (Al­li­son). Don’t try to be any­body else that you see,” ValdesS­cantling said in re­count­ing a piece of ad­vice from Adams.

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