England Patriots strong safety Malcolm Butler (21) breaks up a
pass to Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17)
during the first half of an NFL preseason football game
Thursday, Aug. 13, 2015, in Foxborough, Mass.
GREEN BAY — Davante
Adams would tackle a game of Monopoly with the intensity level that he
would apply to a Green Bay Packers practice.
important. Mistakes are corrected and banked into Adams' brain so that
he doesn't repeat them.
Going into his second
year in the league, Adams appears to be on the cusp of taking another
step forward in the Packers' potent offense.
competitor. When it comes to anything I can do to enhance my
performance — in board games or whatever — I just want to be the
best that I can be," Adams said after practice Wednesday.
He certainly put on a
show with a few highlight-reel catches, including one in which he laid
out for a one-handed grab that had fans gushing in the stands.
Selected the Packers'
offseason MVP, Adams' hard work is carrying over to training camp.
offense and everything, and just where I fit in, just knowing what to
expect," Adams said. "Coming into your rookie year, you
don't know what to expect. In terms of that it's slowed down a lot on
Keep this pace up and
that could result in more targets going in Adams' direction in the
Adams had a
respectable rookie year with 38 catches for 446 yards and three
touchdowns. His biggest game came in one of the Packers' biggest wins
of the season, a 26-21 victory over New England on Nov. 30. Adams had
six catches for 121 yards with the Patriots paying extra attention to
fellow receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb.
That figures to
happen again and again this year after Nelson and Cobb each caught at
least 91 passes from MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Still, targets from
Rodgers must be earned.
giving him opportunities," Rodgers said earlier this month.
"It's about matchups in this offense. We had two guys who caught
over 90 balls. And as teams start to tilt even more to them, Davante's
going to get more opportunities."
Adams doesn't think
he has made an improvement in one particular area in camp so far.
Rather, the game overall is slowing down for him. Many coaches,
including McCarthy, prescribe to the theory that players who succeed
in the league often make their biggest improvements from their first
to their second years.
to detail. Fix and correct things that may be a minor fix, just things
like that," Adams said. "That's the stuff that they want to
see — the coaches and Aaron."
NOTES: McCarthy said
LT David Bakhtiari likely will miss the rest of practice this week
because of knee soreness. Don Barclay took his spot on the first team
Wednesday. ... LB Clay Matthews (elbow) took limited reps, though
McCarthy initially said he thought Matthews would miss practice. ... S
Morgan Burnett missed practice for a personal matter.
GREEN BAY — Left
tackle David Bakhtiari likely will miss the rest of the Green Bay
Packers practice this week because of knee soreness.
The team hasn't
offered details on the injury to the third-year veteran who protects
MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers' blind side.
Coach Mike McCarthy
said before practice Wednesday that Bakhtiari was on a treatment
program that would "pretty much" keep him out the rest of
the week. He added it would be a stretch for Bakhtiari to play in the
preseason game on Sunday in Pittsburgh.
Don Barclay will work
at left tackle with Bakhtiari sidelined.
McCarthy also said
Clay Matthews would miss practice because of an elbow issue, but the
linebacker came out for the start of practice in pads later Wednesday
and stretched with the team.