After season he 'wasn't proud of,Cardinals Store' Packers WR Davante Adams plans to reward Aaron Rodgers' faith
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- With a large box under one arm and a brisk pace to his gait,Denver Broncos Store Aaron Rodgers was headed for the Green Bay Packers' locker room exit when he crossed paths with Davante Adams.
“Nice catch,” the Green Bay Packers quarterback said to his wide receiver before continuing on his way.Chris Harris Jr Jersey
The praise -- in reference to a breathtakingly acrobatic, over-the-defender grab Adams made on a 50-yard bomb from Rodgers during the team’s first open-to-the-public organized team activity practice earlier Tuesday -- was well deserved. But it was also far more economical than what Rodgers had done around this time last year,Alfred Morris Jersey when he had praised Adams effusively for the way he’d elevated his game and went so far as to say Adams was “going to be a star.”
That might still happen. But it didn’t last season.Janoris Jenkins Jersey And now, Adams is out to prove his quarterback right -- even if the timeline has changed.
Adams insisted this week that he in no way got complacent last year because of Rodgers’ kind words -- or because Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy anointed him the “MVP” of the offseason.Brett Hundley Jersey He also swore he didn’t crumble under the weight of their high hopes for him.
“That really had nothing to do with anything, honestly,Vernon Butler Jersey” the 23-year-old Adams said. “The expectations weren’t killing me.”
His ankle,Malcolm Butler Jersey for much of the first half of the 2015 season, was. And then,Brandon Browner Jersey just as he started to look like the player McCarthy and Rodgers had advertised, a knee injury midway through the Packers’ NFC wild-card victory at Washington ended his season.
Nevertheless,Ryan Shazier Jersey while Adams does believe the two injuries were the biggest reason for his less-than-stellar sophomore season, he also owned everything about his underwhelming regular-season numbers (50 receptions, 483 yards, one touchdown). He swore that being thrust into a starting lineup -- instead of the No. 3 role that he was ticketed to fill -- by Jordy Nelson's season-ending knee injury in preseason wasn’t a case of too much, too soon. And he intends to earn every bit of the high praise he failed to deliver on.
“Obviously, the season I had last year, I wasn’t proud of it