Green 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.
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.
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
"I'm not 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
Adams and the
Packers host the Raiders in a preseason game Friday.
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
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
Randall Cobb now lead the receiving group. It's up to guys such
as Adams and third-year player Jarrett Boykin to help replace
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 younger players.
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
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
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