Palo Alto High grad Davante Adams had quite a rookie season with the Green Bay Packers a year ago when he caught 38 passes for 446 yards and three touchdowns in 16 games. Heading into this weekend's NFC wild-card game at the Washington Redskins, Adams is in position to continue to improve upon his first-year accomplishments.
In 13 games this season, the 6-foot-1, 215-pound Adams has 50 receptions for 483 yards and one touchdown. He has 12 starts this season compared to 11 last season.
The Packers (10-6) and Redskins (9-7) will meet at 1:40 p.m. on FOX.
The 50 receptions by Adams puts him in a select group this season as four Packers have caught at least 50 passes, the first time a Green Bay team has done this since 2002. Randall Cobb has 79, Richard Rogers 58, James Jones 50 and Adams 50.
Adams had four catches for 54 yards and a season-best 13.5 yards per catch in a 20-13 loss to Minnesota last weekend. His best outings this season were 10 catches in Week 10 against Detroit and 93 yards in Week 9 against Carolina. Adams, however, missed three games early in the season because of an ankle injury and then suffered from a case of the drops.
Playing alongside Adams with the Packers is rookie Ty Montgomery from Stanford. That will make for a reunion as Washington linebacker Trent Murphy and tight end Alex Smith are also from Stanford.
Prior to a record-breaking career at Fresno State where he caught 233 passes for 3,030 yards and 38 touchdowns in two years, Adams helped Palo Alto win a Division I state title in 2010.
The NFL wild-card weekend will feature four playoff games. On Saturday, Kansas City (11-5) will visit Texas (9-7) at 1:35 p.m. (ESPN) and Pittsburgh (10-6) will travel to face Cincinnati (12-4) at 5:15 p.m. (CBS). On Sunday, Seattle (10-6) will visit Minnesota (11-5) at 10:05 a.m. (NBC) before the Green Bay-Washington game.
For the Seahhawks, former Stanford standouts Doug Baldwin and Richard Sherman will be out to keep their season alive. Baldwin led Seattle receivers with a franchise-record 14 receiving touchdowns this season. He had 78 catches for 1,069 yards. Sherman made 50 tackles and had two interceptions this season.
Fourth-year guard David DeCastro from Stanford will help anchor the Steelers' offensive line against the Bengals, which features ex-Cardinal Ryan Hewitt, who is currently sidelined by a knee injury.