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Injury to Packers' star thrusts Paly grad Adams into key role

 

When the Green Bay Packers lost All-Pro receiver Jordy Nelson for the season to a torn ACL during a 24-19 exhibition football loss to Pittsburgh last weekend, Palo Alto High grad Davante Adams' name suddenly jumped to the forefront as a possible replacement.

The immediate concern out of Green Bay was how the Packers would fare without Nelson, the team's leading receiver last year with 98 catches for 1,519 yards. The team, however, is flush with talent at the wideout position with veteran Randall Cobb leading the way. But, the Packers need more.

Enter Adams, the second-year wide receiver who head coach Mike McCarthy has called the "MVP" of the offseason. According to Green Bay insiders, the promising Adams has the requisite tools to step into the starting lineup and produce. Nelson's injury also means a larger role for third-rounder Ty Montgomery out of Stanford plus a host of others.

Adams, who started 11 of 16 games last season and finished with 38 catches for 446 yards and three touchdowns, now is being touted as a full-time player. Montgomery, meanwhile, has been a standout in training camp and has caught a pair of passes for 28 yards during the exhibition season.

According to Around the NFL Writer Chris Wesseling, Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers has gushed about Adams' "humongous upside" and "incredible" athleticism. Rodgers said back in January that the former Fresno State star possesses the "swagger of a No. 1 receiver." Since Cobb lines up in the slot nearly 90 percent of the time, that leaves Adams as the obvious choice to step into Nelson's role on the outside.

The 6-foot, 216-pound Montgomery, meanwhile, is billed as a "bigger Cobb" by Packers scout Sam Seale. Montgomery is a bit of a running back/wide receiver hybrid and quickly emerged as a coaching staff favorite.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel views Montgomery as the favorite to emerge as the No. 3 receiver behind Cobb and Adams.

"I feel like I can do anything in this offense," Montgomery told reporters after Nelson's injury on Sunday. "I don't want to sound like 'Next man up, get him out of there.' That's what I'm trying to get at. If that's the case, yeah, I'm ready. I can do whatever they need me to do. I'll do my part."

— Palo Alto Online Sports/Green Bay Packers.com

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