By JERRY TAPP
Davante Adams goes into the 2018 NFL season as the No. 1 receiver on the Green Bay Packers’ depth charts. Over the past two seasons, Adams has caught 22 touchdown passes, 12 in 2016 and 10 last season.
The interesting thing about Adams’ stat line over the past two campaigns is that while he had 10 or more TD receptions in the last two seasons, he did not reach the 1,000-yard milestone in either of those seasons. Adams had 997 yards receiving in 2016 and 885 in 2017.
Adams was one of two receivers in the NFL last season to have 10 or more TD receptions with less than 1,000 yards receiving. The other? New Packers tight end Jimmy Graham; he had 10 touchdown catches and only 520 receiving yards for the Seattle Seahawks.
Adams became only the sixth receiver in NFL history to have 10 or more TD receptions and less than 1,000 yards receiving in consecutive seasons. He joined Bob Hayes (1967, 1968), Nat Moore (1977, 1978), Daryl Turner (1984, 1985), Stephone Paige (1985, 1986) and Julius Thomas (2013, 2014).
Adams also became the 76th player in the Super Bowl era to have at least one season with 10 or more TD receptions with less than 1,000 yards receiving. It has happened 96 times since 1966 with 17 players doing it multiple times since that year.
Here are the 17 players with two or more NFL seasons with 10 or more touchdown receptions and less than 1,000 receiving yards since 1966.
3: Antonio Gates, Bob Hayes, Paul Warfield
2: Davante Adams, Bob Chandler, Gary Collins, Vernon Davis, Al Denson, Tony Gonzalez, Jimmy Graham, Rob Gronkowski, Nat Moore, Stephone Paige, Lynn Swann, Julius Thomas, Daryl Thomas, Wesley Walls
Adams is the fifth Packers receiver since 1966 with a 10-TD season without reaching the 1,000-yard receiving milestone: Paul Coffman did it in 1983 (11 TD catches, 814 yards), Keith Jackson did it in 1996 (10 TD catches, 505 yards), Greg Jennings did it in 2007 (12 TD catches, 920 yards) and James Jones did it in 2012 (14 TD catches, 784 yards).
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