GREEN BAY – Packers interim head coach Joe Philbin has been around for the breakthrough seasons of Jordy Nelson, Greg Jennings and Javon Walker during more than a decade spent on Green Bay's coaching staff.
Yet, there's still been something special about watching what Davante Adams has accomplished this season.
Coming off his first Pro Bowl appearance in 2017, Adams is currently among the top five at his position in both catches (92, fifth) and receiving touchdowns (12, tied for first), while ranking seventh with 1,196 receiving yards.
Adams' consistent production has the fifth-year receiver on pace to challenge several franchise records and potentially a second consecutive Pro Bowl appearance. As of Wednesday, Adams was inside the top 10 for receivers in the fan voting, which ends Thursday.
Should he make it, Adams would become the first since Jennings (2010-11) to be selected to back-to-back Pro Bowls.
"There's some Greg Jennings smoothness. He has very good balance," said Philbin during his pre-practice news conference on Thursday. "I don't know if he's a flat out burner but he clearly demonstrates an ability to get by people. He's good after the catch, too. His ball skills are very, very good. He has a lot of positive traits. When you add them all together, you see the production he gets."
The Packers will be back on the practice field Thursday morning. Philbin didn't have an update on the potential availability of cornerback Bashaud Breeland, who missed Wednesday's practice due to a personal matter.
"He has a personal thing that obviously has to be resolved," Philbin said. "We told him to take the time he needs. Hopefully, he gets back soon, but he has to take care of some business. When it's done, he'll be back."