Green Bay Packers Pro Bowl wide receiver Davante Adams is set to take the field for the first time since Thursday Night Football against the Eagles on September 26. Adams will draw a tough matchup against one of the better secondaries in the league.
The Packers travel to Los Angeles to take on the Los Angeles Chargers, who stand at 3-5 on the season.
Los Angeles currently boasts one of the best passing defenses in the NFL, only allowing 217.4 yards through the air — sixth best in the NFL. Green Bay and quarterback Aaron Rodgers throw for 271.9 yards per game — eighth best in the league.
Adams will likely draw a matchup against former Pro Bowl cornerback Casey Hayward Jr., one of the best cornerbacks within his division and the entire NFL. Expect Adams to struggle early with Hayward as he begins to find his groove and get back into game action.
Even without Adams, the Packers found success in the passing game with wide receivers Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Geronimo Allison, Jake Kumerow, and Allen Lazard. Running back Aaron Jones even got in on the action, and also established himself as a great security blanket for Rodgers.
Rodgers will find all of his receivers, even with Adams back on the field for the cheese heads.
While Los Angeles is one of the best teams in limiting the pass, the team ranks as one of the worst in stopping the run, giving up 122.8 yards per game — 23rd in the NFL. Expect for Green Bay to run with Aaron Jones to open up passing opportunities for Adams off the play action.
While many viewers are use to seeing Adams make circus-like catches, it will be hard to envision this as Adams in fresh off a turf toe injury. Adams can be incorporated into the passing game using screens, slants patterns and other short schemes that allow him to make the plays on his own.
While Green Bay excelled without Adams on the field, currently with a 7-1 record, the team will need Adams in the latter half of the season against some tough opponents and an expected playoff run that could lead to a Super Bowl.
Before going down with an injury, Adams caught 25 passes for 378 yards and no touchdowns. Having a player like Adams on the field brings a different aspect to head coach Matt LaFleur’s offense and Rodgers.