Through six games, Davante Adams’ receiving numbers are backing up the big contract that the team gave him last December. Adams, who signed a four-year contract extension worth $19.5 million per season, became the ninth-highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL based on per-year average.
But for now, the Packers’ unquestioned top receiver is playing like a top-five wideout in the NFL, and he’s threatening to not just break, but shatter a team record set 25 years ago.
In Monday’s thrilling 33-30 victory over the San Francisco 49ers, Adams was targeted 16 times and caught ten balls for 132 yards and a pair of touchdowns. That takes Adams’ totals up to 47 receptions, 557 yards, and six scores on the season.
Projecting these numbers out to a full 16-game season would not just get Adams his first 1,000-yard year, but would put him close to 1,500 yards — 1,485 to be exact. That yardage total would put Adams in third place all-time in Packers history, trailing only Jordy Nelson’s stellar 2014 season (1,519 yards, coincidentally coming in Adams’ rookie year) and Robert Brooks’ 1995 season (1,497 yards).
But those reception totals? That’s a pace we haven’t seen in from a Packers receiver ever. 47 catches through six games projects out to 125 catches over an entire season, which would shatter Sterling Sharpe’s team record of 112, set in 1993. Also impressive is the fact that Adams is catching just shy of 2⁄3 of his targets, with a catch rate of 66.2%. Among the team’s top ten reception seasons (since targets were first tallied), only Sharpe’s 1992 and Randall Cobb’s 2014 feature higher catch rates.
As for Adams’ ability to stack up across the league? He currently sits third in receptions behind Minnesota’s Adam Thielen (58) and Philadelphia’s Zach Ertz (48), and ranks sixth in receiving yardage. His two scores pulled him into a five-way tie for receiving touchdowns, however.
To make a long story short, Adams is threatening to do something that no Packer has ever done before, and he’s putting up his best numbers while his veteran counterparts, Geronimo Allison and Randall Cobb, are out of the lineup. It’s been a heck of a start for #17, and there are no signs of him slowing down.