Adams expects to handle more snaps in the slot under new coach Matt LaFleur, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. "(They) may not want to travel so-and-so with me inside," Adams said Wednesday. "If that will take their No. 1 off me, and I can get some mismatches maybe on the backer or the safety or anybody else, I think that is beneficial." In addition to moving around the formation more often, Adams expects the new offense to place a heavy emphasis on crossing routes, whereas Mike McCarthy's scheme relied on receivers winning one-on-one battles outside. The 26-year-old obviously did just fine in the old system, but he's yet to top 8.2 yards per target in a season, so there is some theoretical room for growth beyond last year's 111-1,386-13 receiving line in 15 games. With Randall Cobb leaving for Dallas and no replacement signed in free agency, Adams is primed for another season handling a massive target share in an Aaron Rodgers offense.
Adams (knee) caught two of four targets for 41 yards in the Pro Bowl on Sunday. Adams didn't need much time to recover from the knee injury that caused his Week 17 absence. He'll now head into the offseason healthy, locked in as the far-and-away No. 1 option in a pass-catching corps that could soon get a makeover. The 26-year-old wideout said new head coach Matt LaFleur made a great first impression, giving Adams an easy path to transition into an offense that will move him around more often and place a greater emphasis on crossing routes, per ESPN.com's Rob Demovsky.
Adams (knee) is inactive Sunday against Detroit. Adams was listed as a non-participant in practice all week, though it was still thought he had a chance to play because the team technically didn't hold practice Friday. Instead, he'll end up as the latest casualty in a banged-up receiving corps that is in line to be led by Randall Cobb and Marquez Valdes-Scantling, as Equanimeous St. Brown (concussion) is also being held out for the regular-season finale. Adams had been in striking distance for franchise records in both receptions and receiving yards, but he'll now have to wait until the 2019 campaign to make another run at those marks.
Adams (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Lions, Michael Cohen of The Athletic reports. Adams was listed as a non-participant throughout the week, though Green Bay didn't actually practice Friday. Coach Joe Philbin said the team will evaluate Adams on Saturday before making a decision on the wideout's status for Week 17. The Packers don't have any chance at a playoff appearance or even a .500 record, but Adams could make a push to play if he cares about taking a swing at the single-season team records for catches and receiving yards. Randall Cobb (concussion) and Jimmy Graham (knee/thumb) have both received the green light to play, while Equanimeous St. Brown (concussion) is listed as doubtful.
Head coach Joe Philbin said Friday morning that the Packers will see how Adams (knee) fares on the practice field Saturday and make a decision on his Week 17 availability after that. It's not clear if Adams will get in any work Friday after sitting out the previous two days, but it looks like, regardless, a final call on his Week 17 availability will not be made for at least another day. Adams' status will be updated further after the Packers release their final injury report of the week following Friday's practice.
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