Davante Adams had to pull out his cell phone on Wednesday to show off screen captures depicting how the Baltimore Ravens had defended him on Sunday.
Apparently, defensive coordinator Wink Martindale defended him with a scheme called ’17 bulldog,’ in which two or even three Ravens defenders were assigned to Adams on virtually every play.
“It’s a sign of respect, but it definitely was annoying,” Adams said, straight faced. “So hopefully it doesn’t happen too much moving forward.”
Against the Ravens, Adams finished second among Packers receivers with 44 receiving yards and a touchdown on six catches and seven targets. Those numbers seem rather mediocre by his standards, but the fact that the Ravens went all out to try and stop him, those numbers were still great enough to help the Packers win the game.
“That was the first time I had, or at least had known about, a specific package being named after my college mascot,” Adams said. “When I saw it early on, I was just hoping it was something that didn’t last throughout the whole game. But when I saw that was kind of the direction they were going in, it was just a matter of making it work and figuring it out.
“I appreciate it, because obviously it says something about what they think about me as a player, to go out there and do that. Obviously, they were down on their depth as well. Who’s to say if they would have done it had they been a little more healthy? But either way, we’ve got to find a way to be productive — regardless.”
Aaron Rodgers finished with 268 passing yards and three touchdowns with zero interceptions on 23/31 completions.
Adams, who was named to his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl on Wednesday
Adams is currently No. 3 in the NFL in receiving yards (1,248) and No. 4 in the NFL in receptions (96).
He needs 20 more receptions to break his own franchise record.