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Cheese Curds, 12/20: Adams among NFL’s elite WRs; young QBs still look up to Rodgers

The Packers’ two Pro Bowlers got there this year in different ways, but both absolutely have the respect of their peers.

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The Green Bay Packers had two players named to the Pro Bowl this week, and both of them are rightfully considered to be among the very best players at their positions in the entire NFL. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers has been in that upper echelon for some time now — really, since the team’s 2010 Super Bowl run — but his favorite receiver, Davante Adams, is just now in that conversation.

We at APC saw Adams coming this offseason, however, and the Packers’ front office did as well. When he signed his four-year, $58 million deal, it seemed a bit high for a player who had not quite cracked the 1,000-yard mark in a single season. However, Adams has outperformed even that big deal, which made him the ninth-highest-paid receiver in the NFL this season; he sits in the top five in receptions, yards, and touchdowns, and is legitimately in the conversation about who is the best receiver in the league.

Thus, it was no surprise to see him voted to the Pro Bowl on the first ballot, and he should have a chance at some All-Pro honors after the season concludes as well.

Meanwhile, Rodgers had a down year in 2018, but he still earned a Pro Bowl appearance, due perhaps in part to his reputation among other NFL players. Young quarterbacks especially seem drawn to watching him and learning from him, including the one who will be starting opposite him on Sunday in the Meadowlands. Today’s curds take a close look at both of these players as the Packers prepare for their first truly meaningless game of the season this Sunday..

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One thing that Adams would probably benefit from would be more consistency from the other receivers on the team, and that requires those players getting on the same page with their quarterback. Rodgers says that boils down to "details," but Lance Kendricks says timing is the biggest one of those details that the receivers need to nail down.

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Meanwhile, the starter on the opposite sideline looks up to Rodgers as one of his inspirations, watching his tape frequently and citing his "cool throws" as something to aspire to.

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