Few wide receivers score double-digit touchdowns in a single season. Even fewer do so in three consecutive years. Green Bay Packers wideout Davante Adams joined that elite class on Sunday after catching his 10th touchdown of 2018, a 15-yard reception from Aaron Rodgers in the first quarter against the Minnesota Vikings.
Adams has become a touchdown maven in recent years. He recorded 12 receiving touchdowns during his breakout 2016 campaign, falling just behind teammate Jordy Nelson’s 14 scores for most in the NFL. Adams finished second in the league again in 2017, hauling in 10 despite playing roughly half the year without quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
Rodgers threw to an open Adams, though the receiver had his back turned, and he did the rest along the left sideline to find the end zone.
After hauling in his 10th touchdown, Adams joins Sterling Sharpe and Don Hutson as the only players in Packers history to produce double-digit receiving touchdowns in three straight seasons. Nelson also recorded three such seasons, though he did so non-consecutively (2011, 2014, 2016).
Adams might have more milestones to hit Sunday night. The wideout has never previously reached 1,000 receiving yards in a season and entered the game just 47 yards short of the mark. Adams would become Green Bay’s first 1,000-yard receiver since Nelson pulled it off in 2016. The touchdown was his first reception of the game, good for 15 yards, so he has just 32 yards to go.
The Packers drafted Adams in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. After some struggles early in his career, Adams developed into one of the league’s best receivers, earning a long-term extension with the team this past offseason.