Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) catches a
14-yard pass as St. Louis Rams cornerback Marcus Roberson
defends during the third quarter of an NFL preseason
football game Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, in St. Louis.
GREEN BAY —
After seven seasons with the Green Bay Packers, James Jones signed
as a free agent this offseason with the Oakland Raiders.
might feel pressure with replacing a long-tenured player.
Second-round draft pick Davante Adams sees an opportunity.
was asking, 'Are you replacing James?'" Adams said when he
first got to Green Bay after being drafted in May.
"But in a
sense anytime someone leaves and they bring in a new guy, you're
trying to replace anybody, try to be anybody else," Adams
said Wednesday. "I'm just trying to come in and do what
(I've) got to do."
Adams and the
Packers host the Raiders in a preseason game Friday.
What Adams won't
be able to do this season is replace Jones' veteran presence.
Jones was a reliable and productive receiver in the Packers'
potent offense and a favorite of quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Drafted in the
third round in 2007, Jones played 104 games for Green Bay,
including 47 starts. He had 310 catches and 37 touchdowns. He had
a career-high 14 scores in 2012.
Jones also kept
things light in the meeting room, but held himself to high
standards, receiver Jordy Nelson said.
"I loved his
presence in the locker room. I loved the way that he
practiced," Rodgers said. He's a guy who you knew would go up
and get the ball."
Randall Cobb now lead the receiving group. It's up to guys such as
Adams and third-year player Jarrett Boykin to help replace Jones'
Boykin has an
advantage of having stepped into the lineup last year when Randall
Cobb got hurt, catching 49 passes for 68 yards and three
touchdowns. Receivers coach Edgar Bennett said the confidence
level has carried over to this preseason, though Boykin knows he
must prove himself again.
He does have a
head start on Adams given his familiarity with the offense.
Rodgers spoke of how the offense looks on paper "and then
there's the offense the way the first-team runs it.
"You have to
be able to be non-robotic when you're out there, have quick
reactions, and see the game the way I do and the way our offense
runs most efficiently," Rodgers said.
Tempo is key.
Rodgers, one of the game's smartest quarterbacks, can dissect a
defense and throw sharp passes into tight spots.
curve can be tough, making the offseason and preseason crucial for
something that's just reps and paying attention in meetings when
Aaron might be correcting or (receivers coach Edgar Bennett) or
one of us older guys might be correcting," Nelson said.
"You're taking that mental note or writing it down. You can
learn off of other people's mistakes."
Adams has the
college pedigree that would seem to bode well for the NFL, having
led the nation with 131 catches in Fresno State's prolific
offense. He set school career records with 233 receptions and 38
scores in just two seasons.
Rodgers' confidence is another matter. The 2011 NFL MVP has high
sure that it becomes second nature," Adams said about what he
needs to work on most. "Everything out there is just flowing
and I don't have to worry about thinking too much and I can just
NOTES: TE Brandon
Bostick said he hopes to return by the season opener on Sept. 4 in
Seattle. Walking rather briskly on the locker room on crutches,
Bostick said he wouldn't need surgery for a lower right leg
injury. Bostick is a candidate for the starting job. ... CB Casey
Hayward was in pads, but carried his helmet on the sideline for
much of practice. Coach Mike McCarthy said he was "just being
smart" with Hayward, who missed much of last season with a
hamstring injury. Hayward led all rookies in 2012 with six
interceptions. ... RG T.J. Lang took it easy for some of practice
because of a sore right shoulder. McCarthy indicated it was a
minor injury. ... Injured TE Colt Lyerla (knee) was waived.