GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - “I was excited,” said Packers receiver Davante Adams about his Pro Bowl selection. “Definitely excited.”
Adams’ first outright selection signifies his arrival on the national stage. But he's been wowing followers of the Packers for years.
“Obviously I've worked really hard to be in the position I am in,” Adams said. “To do a lot and contribute a lot to this football team.”
After getting paid like a star last December (with a 4-year deal worth $14.5 million per season) he's gone to work. His 100 catches and 1300+ yards rank 4th in the league. His 12 touchdowns? 2nd best.
“It feels good,” Adams said. “It feels better just knowing that I'm living up to the expectations that my coaches and teammates have set for me.”
“He can make those plays,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “He can get open on anybody. He can go up and get the ball. He can get down the field and get over the top on guys. He can make contested catches. The beauty in his game is that I think there is room for improvement too. I really do.”
“I'm still scratching the surface now,” Adams said. “I am nowhere near my prime. So there are a lot more positive things to come.”
As much as the Pro Bowl nod meant on Tuesday, you get the sense that Adams would take even more pride in a couple of franchise records. 12 catches and 204 yards are all that stand between him and single-single marks in the 100-year history of the Green Bay Packers.
“I mean I am not counting, but that would be cool,” Adams said. “That would be cool. Hopefully A-Rod is counting, that would be cool. I don't want to bring it up. I don't want to jinx it.”
So just why did it take Adams until his 5th year to get this kind of love league-wide?
“I think people just can't grasp the fact that a person can get better that quickly,” Adams said. “They just stay glued to the whole mindset that in 2015, when I wasn't playing the way that I should, they just associate that with the way that I play the game. That is obviously not the case now. With the Pro Bowl, hopefully they start to clue in on what's going on.”