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The Green Bay Packers' Davante Adams can trace

Postby liny195 » Sat Jan 26, 2019 9:59 am

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 Jordan Matthews Jersey , 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 Foxboro.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 last 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 Jonathan Jones Jersey Salute to Service , 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 how 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," Valdes-Scantling said in recounting a piece of advice from Adams.Valdes-Scantling could draw another start against the Patriots with Allison listed as doubtful for Sunday after injuring his groin in practice this week to go with an already sore hamstring. Cobb is questionable again with a hamstring injury but seems to be improving."Be yourself. Everybody does things well, but what you do well, just keep doing it," Valdes-Scantling added about Adams' advice.Adams has become an all-around receiver. Explosiveness and an ability to make moves allow him to gain extra yards after a catch.But while the 26-21 win over the Patriots in 2014 might have been his springboard, it took a while for Adams to gain the kind of consistency that now makes him an important part of the offense.For example, following the Patriots game Ja'Whaun Bentley Jersey , Adams managed just four catches for 29 yards over his last four regular-season games combined in 2014. Then he had seven catches for 117 yards and a score in a 26-21 win in the playoffs over the Dallas Cowboys.Adams has 28 touchdown catches since the 2016 season. Opposing secondaries have caught on to Adams' rise, yet he's still coming up clutch for Rodgers."He's going to look to guys who maybe he hasn't looked to as much coming up," Adams said. "If that's how they decide to go about the game, remove (me) from the game, I'm still going to do my best to contribute as much as I can to this offense. I know the rest of the guys will be ready as well."Linebacker Nick Perry (ankle) and safety Jermaine Whitehead (back) are the only other players on the injury report, listed as questionable for Sunday. Jaguars running back T.J. Yeldon hasn't started a game in nearly two years, a frustrating stretch that forced him to work harder and be more patient.He always felt like he would get another shot. He didn't expect it to be this week.But with Leonard Fournette missing practice because of a strained right hamstring, Yeldon is getting the majority of practice repetitions and preparing to carry the load Sunday against the New England Patriots (1-0)."Whenever my number is called, I'll always be ready to get into a rhythm and go," Yeldon said. "I really don't have a problem with that."While many outsiders believe there's a huge drop-off from Fournette to Yeldon, the Jaguars (1-0) insist there's only a marginal difference between the two. It's a big reason the old-school Authentic Isaiah Wynn Jersey , run-first team kept only three running backs — Fournette, Yeldon and change-of-pace speedster Corey Grant — on the 53-man roster.Fournette tweaked his hamstring in the first half of Jacksonville's season opener at the New York Giants . He sat out practice Wednesday, and coach Doug Marrone said the plan is for him to do the same Thursday.Marrone said Fournette will go through tests Friday to see whether he's able to play in a rematch of the AFC championship game.Jacksonville is likely to be cautious with Fournette, the centerpiece of the team's offense. The fourth overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft, Fournette ran for 1,040 yards and nine touchdowns last season. He also caught 36 passes for 302 yards and a score.Fournette ran nine times for 41 yards against the Giants. Yeldon had 51 yards on 14 carries and caught three passes for 18 yards, including a 4-yard touchdown late in the second quarter.Marrone praised Yeldon for the strides he's made."He has always been good," Marrone said. "I think he is more explosive. He's stronger. He's elusive. I think he can carry a load of carries. I just think he has done a nice job. I really do."Yeldon has reason to take advantage of his opportunities. A second-round pick from Alabama in 2015, Yeldon is in the final year of his $5.9 million rookie contract.Jacksonville is prepared to lose Yeldon in 2019 free agency, believing another team will be able to offer him a starting job or at least more carries.Yeldon said he's "not too much worried about that," adding "it'll play itself out." But he's clearly planning for the future. He dropped weight in the offseason Limited Danny Etling Jersey , getting below 220 pounds for the first time since his college days, and hopes to show he's a three-down back."I feel better, lighter, quicker, faster, more explosive," he said. "I feel like it makes a big difference. I can cut better. I'm doing a lot of things better. I feel more comfortable this way."The Jaguars hope it shows on the field. With Fournette uncertain to play, Yeldon could end up in a featured role.It's a spot he didn't expect. It's also a position coaches and teammates say he can handle and prove to doubters there's not much of a dip from Fournette."That's their fault," receiver Keelan Cole said. "That's on them. If they want to think that, just tell them to tune into the game."
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