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Countdown to Camp: Davante Adams continues his march into elite territory

Three-time Pro Bowl receiver leads Packers’ young receiving corps

WR Davante Adams
WR Davante Adams

Countdown to Camp is a series of stories examining the Packers' roster, position by position, leading up to training camp. The third installment features the wide receivers.

GREEN BAY – For the last three seasons, NFL defensive coordinators have been tailoring their weekly game plans to containing Davante Adams – or at least trying to.

More often than not, it largely hasn't mattered.

Despite having all eyes on him since his breakout year in 2016, the Packers' seventh-year pro has been one of the league's most consistently productive receivers.

Adams' 343 catches for 4,265 yards represent one of the best four-year stretches for a receiver in franchise history, while his 40 receiving touchdowns lead the league over the same span.

Those numbers could have been pushed even higher had it not been for a turf toe injury last year that sidelined Adams for four games. In spite of that, the 6-foot-1, 215-pound receiver still caught 83 passes for 997 yards and five TDs to lead the Packers in receiving for the third consecutive year.

Still only 27, Adams is on the precipice of joining some elite company with another standout season. With another Pro Bowl nod in 2020, for example, he'll become only the second receiver in franchise history to make four consecutive Pro Bowl teams (James Lofton).

Adams, who's already tied for eighth in team history with 431 catches, needs only 388 yards to crack the top 10 in career receiving yards by a Packers receiver. Meanwhile, his nine career games with 10-plus catches are already a franchise record – by two games.

Beyond the individual accolades, Adams also is the undisputed leader of Green Bay's young receiving corps that features only two veterans (Adams and Jake Kumerow) older than 26. Of the 10 receivers on the team's offseason roster, Adams and free-agent acquisition Devin Funchess are the only two with three or more accrued NFL seasons.

However, the Packers felt confident enough about the upside of the room to pass on drafting a receiver for the second straight year this past April.

The following is the third installment in a series of photos examining the Packers' roster position by position. This installment examines the wide receivers.

With a shift in approach under Brian Gutekunst and Matt LaFleur, the Packers are counting on second-year pro Allen Lazard being more than just a feel-good undrafted story. The 6-foot-5, 227-pound receiver emerged from the practice squad last year to catch 35 passes for 477 yards and three touchdowns over the final 11 regular-season games.

Green Bay also has high hopes for 2018 draft picks Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown, who caught 21 passes for 328 yards as a rookie before sustaining an ankle injury last preseason that landed him on season-ending injured reserve.

Like St. Brown, Valdes-Scantling made a Year 1 impact. He cracked the starting lineup and caught 38 passes for 581 yards and two touchdowns as a rookie and had a pair of 100-yard games in the first month of the 2019 campaign before encountering some adversity.

Jake Kumerow, the oldest receiver on the roster at 28, also will have his eye on more playing time in 2020 after catching 12 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown in 328 offensive snaps.

With the departure of Geronimo Allison in free agency, the Packers acquired Funchess as a veteran insurance policy. The former second-round pick has caught 164 passes for 2,265 yards and 21 TDs over five seasons with Carolina and Indianapolis.

Funchess, 26, hoped to parlay his one-year deal with the Colts last spring into a lucrative long-term deal but saw his season end prematurely after breaking his collarbone in Indianapolis' regular-season opener.

Like most years, Green Bay has several promising young receivers competing for roster spots behind its veteran core, including former tryout player Darrius Shepherd.

The former North Dakota State standout was the only undrafted rookie to make Green Bay's 53-man roster last summer on the heels of an impressive camp and preseason in which he caught eight passes for 68 yards and two touchdowns. He spent the first six weeks on the active roster before finishing the year on the team's practice squad.

Malik Taylor was one of five players to spend his entire rookie season on Green Bay's practice squad. The former Ferris State receiver signed with the Packers prior to the start of training camp last July and played in two preseason games.

Green Bay also signed a unique wild card in Canadian Football League standout Reggie Begelton, a 6-foot, 200-pound receiver who caught 102 passes for 1,444 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Calgary Stampeders in 2019.

Finally, the Packers round out their receiver depth chart with undrafted rookie Darrell Stewart, who finished third in Michigan State history with 150 career receptions. Equipped with both kickoff and punt returning credentials, the 6-foot, 212-pound receiver totaled 2,363 all-purpose yards (1,640 receiving; 551 kick return; 152 rushing; 20 punt return) in 43 collegiate games.

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