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Adams signs contract with Packers, gets right to work

Palo Alto High grad Davante Adams signed a four-year contract with the Green Bay Packers on Thursday, the team's general manager Ted Thompson announced. The club also signed California tight end Richard Rodgers.

Adams, who holds 11 Fresno State records and five Mountain West Conference records, was taken in the second round by the Packers, with the 53rd overall pick.

Adams, who played a total of 26 games for the Bulldogs before declaring for the draft, set a Fresno State record with 38 touchdown catches. He has accumulated at least one touchdown catch in eight consecutive games, doing so in each his freshman and sophomore seasons.

"I feel I am competing against myself," Adams said after the Packers' OTA on Friday. "I have to make sure I'm getting better with the plays and making sure I'm up to speed."

Adams, who helped Palo Alto win a state football championship his senior year, could find himself in the starting lineup. The Packers lost two receivers from last year's 8-7-1 team that lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the AFC wild card game.

The Packers list 10 wide receivers on their roster, six with two years or less of NFL experience. Adams is one of two rookies, with Saginaw Valley State's Jeff Janis.

"I don't see it as a competition," Adams said. "They are going to make plays and do what they do and I'm going to do what I do."

Adams said seven-year veteran Jordy Nelson has been a big help so far.

"He's a great dude and he's been helpful on the field and in the film room," Adams said. "Guys like that are secure in their jobs."

Adams caught 63 passes for the Vikings for 1,094 yards and 11 touchdowns. As a defensive back for Paly, he recorded 44 tackles, two for losses, caused a pair of fumbles, picked off a pass and deflected three others.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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