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Packers WR Davante Adams says he had ‘great first impression’ of Matt LaFleur

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The Green Bay Packers surprised a whole lot of people earlier this month when they hired the inexperienced Matt LaFleur as their new head coach. Heck, LaFleur himself admitted that he was shocked.

However, LaFleur has a good reputation around the league, and Packers wide receiver Davante Adams said per Jenna Laine of ESPN.com that he had a “great first impression” of LaFleur upon speaking with him last week.

Adams said that the key things he took away from his conversation with LaFleur was that Green Bay’s offense with have the “illusion of complexity” to throw opposing defenses off and that LaFleur said he would work to get Adams more touches, lining him up all over the field.

Getting Adams as many touches as possible is certainly a good start.

Adams, who will be playing in his second straight Pro Bowl on Sunday, hauled in 111 receptions (one shy of the franchise record held by Sterling Sharpe) for 1,386 yards and 13 touchdowns on the season.

The 26-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Fresno State University, was originally selected by the Packers in the second round (53rd pick overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.

He was quiet over his first couple of years, finishing with below 500 yards in both 2014 and 2015, but in 2016, Adams broke out, catching 75 passes for 997 yards and 12 scores.

Then, last season, Adams made his first trip to Honolulu after snaring 74 balls for 885 yards while reaching the end zone 10 times.

The Packers went just 6-9-1 and missed the playoffs this year, marking the first time since 2006 that Green Bay failed to qualify for the postseason in back-to-back campaigns.