It’s been quite a while since we last saw Davante Adams in a Green Bay Packers uniform. What fans will get to witness on Monday, however, is the three-time All-Pro wide receiver doing everything he can to help the Las Vegas Raiders take down the Packers in their Week 5 matchup.
Davante Adams’ Lasting Impact on Green Bay Packers
Adams spent eight memorable years in Green Bay before taking his talents to Las Vegas last summer. Regardless of the fact that he’s no longer with the team, the 30-year-old’s legacy just continues to grow, particularly with the team’s set of young wideouts.
Second-year wide-receiver Christian Watson, who recently just made his season debut in Green Bay’s Week 4 loss to the Detroit Lions, had nothing but good things to say about his predecessor. Watson may have not had the chance to play alongside Adams, but the former is very much familiar with what the six-time Pro Bowler brings to the table:
“Obviously I’ve watched a ton of him,” Watson said, via Jason Wilde of Wisconsin State Journal. “He’s put on countless amounts of clinic routes in the Packers’ offense. In the teach tape, he’s there for pretty much every route we run. There’s a lot of things he does that you’re not going to able to replicate, regardless of how many times you try. But there’s ways to take what someone else does and kind of make it your own.”
Watson knows that his style of play does not exactly reflect that of Adams. However, the young wide receiver has still learned a lot from the Raiders veteran:
“I’m obviously a completely different receiver than him. But one thing from him that has been huge for me is to be able to get in and out of breaks,” Watson continued. “Being a taller guy, it’s harder for me sometimes. Also, working releases has been a big thing for me since I’ve gotten in the league — how to mix it up, switch it up, find different ways to get off the line of scrimmage. And he’s the top of the top at that.”
Davante Adams Still Making an Impact
It’s not just Watson who’s been singing Adams’ praises. Romeo Doubs, who is also in his sophomore season for Green Bay, also admits that he considers Adams to be one of the players he looks up to the most:
“I try to watch the tape and steal as much as I can from him,” Doubs said. “He’s a legend in this league.”
“… He played in Matt’s system for three years, so we all get to watch those clips, getting an understanding of what we can do on route concepts — quick game, drop back, movement, play-pass, whatever the case may be. I’ve watched the clips to get a feel for how to react within this system.”
You can’t really blame Watson, Doubs, and the rest of Green Bay’s new generation of wideouts for holding Adams in such high regard. After all, Davante Adams has done enough to earn this type of esteem from his former team.
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