Antonio Freeman’s advice to WFT is to ‘roll the dice’ and overtake Davante Adams – NBC4 Washington

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Antonio Freeman’s advice to WFT on the Packers’ Adams cover originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Coming under scrutiny six weeks after the start of the 2021 NFL season, the Washington football high school has arguably its toughest assignment this coming Sunday of Week 7: to cover the Green Bay wide receiver Davante Adams.

As the Burgundy & Gold face an imposing away game at Lambeau Field, the Packers’ star receiver will look to cut down on Washington DB’s meat like he has done with most other defenses in the league.

Antonio Freeman once occupied the place Adams now occupies. Freeman played catcher in Green Bay from 1995 to 2001 and again in 2003, winning a Super Bowl and winning a Pro Bowl nod as a Packer. On Friday, he gave his opinion on what Washington can do to contain one of the league’s best attacks.

“If you can replicate what the New Orleans Saints did to the Green Bay Packers in [the] opening week, you can be successful. It sounds like: overtaking Davante Adams and having all the other receivers beat us one on one. We’ll roll the dice and take a chance, ”Freeman said on BMitch & Finlay out of 106.7 The fan.

This Week 1 game was an anomaly for the Packers (5-1). They have won five straight games since being torched 38-3 by the Saints in that game. One of the reasons New Orleans were so successful against Green Bay was their preparation to cover Adams. The Saints held him to just five receptions for 56 yards, by far Adams’ worst performance of the season.

If Washington can somehow hamper Adam’s ability to open up – a daunting task, no doubt – their whole game plan becomes easier. Aaron Rodgers won’t be able to find his preferred target, limiting the Packers in other facets of the attack. But Adams is one of the best in the league to beat cover.

“His Madden rating says it all. Ninety-nine more, ”Freeman said of Adams, who is tied for first in the NFL with 46 receptions. “I mean, look, there’s a lot that he encompasses as a wide receiver. He is hard. He’s tough. You saw him take the big hits and stay still on the ground, on the ground. And then a series or two later, you see him back against the San Francisco 49ers, catching up in the middle to win a game!

Adams led the NFL in receiving touchdowns last year, winning a Pro Bowl appearance and being named All Pro First Team in the process. As well as having arguably the best spread in the league, Green Bay has other weapons on offense.

The reigning MVP at Rodgers lines up under center with Aaron Jones leading in backfield. Randall Cobb, Allen Lazard and Robert Tonyan are just a few other options the Packers have to work with. Despite all of this, Adams must always be a priority in Washington’s defense.

“What he exemplifies as an NFL wide receiver is unprecedented. He goes through the middle, he goes deep, he has great footwork – I said he’s a great dancer and has good hands, ”said Freeman. “Dude, I love his game all around. He’s kinda calm and shy, but, you know, he succeeds. If there’s a checkbox to be an NFL elite, elite wide receiver, I think he checks those boxes more than an Odell Beckham.