Still only 27 years old, Adams has been the bona fide leader in the receiver room for the past two seasons, with no other receiver on the active roster older than 25 or possessing more than two accrued NFL seasons.
But Adams’ growing expertise extends well past his position room. He’s actively worked to offer a helping hand to the team’s other offensive skill positions. For example, when running back Jamaal Williams was looking to add to his pass-catching repertoire this offseason, Adams was one of the people he called.
While there’s been some consternation externally about the Packers’ receiving weapons, Adams sees budding playmakers in Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, who had one of the best training camps of anyone on the Packers’ roster.
“He looks the best he’s ever looked,” Adams said. “I’m excited for what’s going to come from him because I think just part of his maturation process was understanding some of the small things and how they matter, (like) finishing a healthy 10-yard sprint after you catch the ball or getting into the end zone, different things I kind of adopted when I first got here watching guys like Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb.”
Going into Sunday’s opener against Minnesota, Adams knows plenty will still fall on him. Like last year, he’s preparing for plenty of double teams.
Receivers coach Jason Vrable said two weeks ago how he’d already spoken with new defensive backs coach Jerry Gray, who was on Minnesota’s coaching staff last year, about how much the Vikings’ defensive game plan centered on Adams.
For Adams, he’s excited for what lies ahead. He’s confident, knowing he did everything in his power to put the toe injury behind him and put his best foot forward in 2020.
“Just kind of letting that thing rest and getting my mind right,” Adams said. “Because like I said before, when I hurt my ankle back in ’15, if you let an injury linger like that, other things start to factor in. You don’t want to deal with that. I just wanted to make sure I came back 1,000% ready to go and here we are.”