2018 Packers Grades: Wide Receiver: Top Five Tae Adams
Davante Adams is one of the best players in football. People wondered who would be the next star for the team after Jordy Nelson’s departure. That answer was Adams who went off for a huge season. He led the young wide receiver group this season. Adams is a star and hopefully, he will be rewarded like one with endorsement deals aplenty this offseason. The receivers group is not what it used to be for the Packers, and there are a lot of development opportunity needed from this group by playing not named Adams.
Davante Adams – GRADE: A
No question about it. From my grades, I believe there will be two A’s on this team, and that’s it which says a lot about the Packers because I’m not a hard grader. Adams deserved it. He nearly broke Sterling Sharpe’s reception record missing it by one to tie, two to get the record. He had the 10th most touchdown receptions in team history and finished with sixth most yards. He had a fantastic season in what was a gloom year for the Packers. While many are talking about coaches wanting to work with Aaron Rodgers, I’m sure Adams is another part of the equation. Pro Football Focus rated him as the ninth-best receiver. We’ll agree to disagree on that one.
Geronimo Allison – GRADE: B
The collective NFL might be sleeping on the start that Geronimo Allison had to start his season. In four games, he had over 60 yards in each of those four games and had five or more targets in each game. Did the loss of Allison play more of a role in Aaron Rodgers’ struggles than what’s been talked about? The Packers quarterback said he loved G-Mo and thought he could breakout this season. It appeared Allison was ready for that moment but could not get over a hamstring injury. He is a restricted free agent that should be back in Green Bay.
Equanimeous St. Brown – GRADE: B-
Here’s the thing about ESB. The stats do not show you the development throughout the year. This guy wasn’t considered part of the offense for the first five weeks of the season. He did not play a factor until Week 6 when he made a great catch as Green Bay tried to drive down to beat San Francisco. ESB had so many little flashes like that. I like Marquez Valdes-Scantling a lot, but my stock be invested in ESB next year. One of those two will emerge and think St. Brown is the better overall wide receiver
Marquez Valdes-Scantling – GRADE: C
What happened to MVS? He had a few games of excellence for the Packers then he disappeared out of thin air. Did teams get tape on him and figure out how to defend him? Did Mike McCarthy/Joe Philbin forget this guy can play football? It’s too bad. MVS is a home run hitter for the Packers. They didn’t use him enough in that fashion, but that’s what the new coach should see him as next year. A wide receiver that can stretch the field vertically.
Randall Cobb – GRADE: D
Not a good year for Randall Cobb. We’ll always have the first game of the season, but that’s pretty much it. People forget he had some brutally bad plays in that Washington which played a role in Green Bay losing that game. He could barely stay on the field as Cobb seemed to go in and out of injuries on a regular basis. Rodgers did seem more comfortable with Cobb in the slot which enforces the need to get another veteran in this core next season.