Davante Adams doesn’t think you need to be humble at the top.
The Green Bay Packers receiver had a definitive answer when asked if he was the league’s best wideout on the heels of his excellent Week 9 performance on Thursday night.
“I think that’s fair to say,” Adams said after the game via ESPN. “I think that’s not being conceited. That’s just being confident. I think, obviously, what I’ve done and what I’m going to continue to do is going to prove that to anybody who isn’t on board with that.”
The 27-year-old reeled in 10 of 12 targets for 173 yards and scored a 36-yard touchdown on the first drive of the Packers’ 34-17 win over the 49ers. He has caught 53 of 69 targets for 675 yards and a league-leading eight touchdowns this season, in spite of missing two games with a hamstring injury. He caught just five touchdowns in 2019 through 12 games, but is on pace to hit 1,575 yards and nearly 19 touchdowns this year.
“I truly believe that, just based off of the work that I’ve put in [and] the connection I have between my quarterback,” he added, acknowledging his team’s role in his success. “It’s not just about me just running a route. If the line isn’t protecting or if the quarterback doesn’t look your way or if the other receivers don’t do their part to pull defenders away, none of what I do can happen. So at the end of the day, I’ll tell you, yes, absolutely, I think I’m the best wide receiver in the game, but there’s a lot of things that go into me being able to make that statement.”
Adams was the Packers’ second-round pick in 2014 from Fresno State. He has been a dominant force since taking over for Jordy Nelson as the team’s No. 1 receiver, but has dealt with injuries throughout his career, appearing in all 16 games just twice in seven seasons. He has made three consecutive Pro Bowls from 2017 to 2019.
“He’s such a great player,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said while gushing over Adams. “He’s tough on matchups. He’s able to create so much space with his release pattern, and he’s got enough speed to get on top, so you can’t necessarily play low and expect certain routes. We hit him with a lot of different things tonight. Hit him on the first possession with a go ball that he made a nice adjustment on. On the last possession, we were in on an inside go route. He’s so talented. He can do it all, handles himself the right way. Just a joy to play with. A special guy.”
The Packers (6-2) sit atop the NFC North and will face the Jaguars (1-6) in Week 10.
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