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Cheese Curds, 1/8: Davante Adams finishes just short of 1,000 yards once again

Davante Adams isn’t bothered by coming up short of 1,000 yards in 2019.

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Stats are funny. They matter a lot. They don’t matter at all. They cost players money. They make players money. Stats make the football world go ‘round, even if the only stat that ultimately matters is the score.

Big, round numbers are the best stats, though. There’s something pleasing about 100, 300, 500, or 1,000 of something. And there’s something irritating about coming up just short.

Davante Adams should know that well. He’s come up exactly three yards short of 1,000 twice now. Three times in Packers history, a player has been within three yards of 1,000, and Adams represents two of those unfortunate occasions. (The other, Bill Schroeder, was a single yard short of 1,000 in the 2000 season.)

Of course, it doesn’t really matter. The quality of Adams’ season (one truncated by four games due to his turf toe injury, it should be noted) is not solely measured by his stats. We know he’s still a great player, and he does too. But it would have been satisfying to see him reach that threshold, even if it’s only because our brains are wired to recognize those numbers.

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