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Cheese Curds, 10/13: Davante Adams’ greatness just continues to grow

Adams is actually on pace to break the single-season receiving yardage record.

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Best receiver in the NFL? There’s only one name who really has a claim to that title at this point.

Davante Adams continues to lead the way as the league’s best wideout, and he is only expanding on his massive season from a year ago. Adams currently leads the NFL in receptions and receiving yards, and his 115.8 yards per game are a jump of over 17 yards from 2020, when he led the NFL at 98.1.

Yes, Adams gets more targets than any other receiver in the game — his 61 are five higher than second-place Cooper Kupp. But impressively, Adams’ yards per catch and yards per target have increased, even as his targets and receptions are increasing as well.

Sunday’s game against the Bengals saw Adams set a new career-high in receiving yardage, as he crossed the 200-yard mark for the first time. It’s been a blast to watch him blossom over the past few years, and he’s currently on pace to break Calvin Johnson’s single-season receiving yardage record of 1,964 (albeit with one extra game in the 2021 season).

So let’s enjoy the ride and keep having fun watching 17 light up secondaries all across the NFL.

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