Packers finally get Davante Adams involved

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Maybe this will get Davante Adams going.

The Green Bay Packers second-year receiver had a relatively quiet start to training camp before he made one of those plays on Thursday that caused quarterback Aaron Rodgers and coach Mike McCarthy to rave about him earlier this offseason.

Adams showed off his leaping ability -- remember that dunk he posted on Instagram this offseason -- during a play in the red zone. Adams went high for a fade from Rodgers and hauled it in over cornerback LaDarius Gunter in the right corner of the end zone.

"It was good on the fade ball because we had been talking a lot about giving him an opportunity on some of those jump balls," Rodgers said after practice. "After that dunk he did, put out on the Internet that everybody talked about, if we can put it up there 10 or 11 feet there’s not going to be anybody who can jump with him."

His position coach, Alex Van Pelt, said Wednesday that he wasn't worried about Adams' lack of production so far in training camp.

"Dictated by the coverage and the play call really," Van Pelt said. "We're not throwing away from him. It's more scheme. Just whatever play was called, whatever coverage was called. He may have been the X [receiver] and not catch a ball, then the next X goes in and catches three. It's just the way it's been so far."

Adams caught 38 passes for 446 yards and three touchdowns with one 100-yard game as the No. 3 receiver last year. He added a second 100-yard game in the playoffs.

"It's just giving him opportunities," Rodgers said. "You watch the film last year and he was open a lot on the backside of stuff and it just depended on matchups whether the ball went his way a couple times in a game or 10 times. And when he had the 10 times, the targets, you saw the production he had. It's about matchups in this offense. We had two guys [Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb] who caught more than 90 balls and as teams start to tilt even more to them, Davante's going to get more opportunities."

Here are some other notes from Thursday's session:

  • Punting competition ramps up: How close is the punting competition between Tim Masthay and Cody Mandell? After the punting period, Mandell walked by a group of reporters known for timing hang times in practice and asked what his numbers were. At this point, the only major difference between the two actually has nothing to do with punting, but rather their ability to hold on field goals. Mandell got yanked out of the field goal period after he bobbled a snap on a 46-yard attempt. Not counting the botched hold, which was an aborted attempt, Mason Crosby went 6-for-6 on field goals to improve to 20-for-24 in camp. All four of Crosby's misses have come with Mandell as the holder. As for the punting, Masthay averaged 4.0 seconds of hang time and placed all three kicks inside the 11 yard line during the pooch punting drill. Mandell averaged 4.25 seconds and placed his two kicks at the 15- and 4-yard lines. When punting backed up in their own end zone, Masthay hit punts of 62 and 65 yards (each with 4.4 seconds of hang time), while Mandell had punts of 52 and 60 yards (with 4.56 and 4.91 hang time, respectively).

  • Defensive wins: There were a couple of impressive wins by defensive players in the one-on-one pass rush drill. Letroy Guion, who came in with an 0-7 record, tossed guard Lane Taylor (who had been 9-1 in the drill) to the ground. Guion won a second rep against Don Barclay, although Barclay was out of position at center. Mike Daniels (5-6) also beat Taylor with a bull rush. Datone Jones, who almost always tries to win outside, must've caught rookie Matt Rotheram by surprise when he went inside and won. Jones has just a 3-7 record.

  • Bulaga undefeated: Veteran right tackle Bryan Bulaga, who signed a five-year, $33.75 million contract this offseason, looks to be in top form. He's the only undefeated player in the one-on-one drill. He blocked Julius Peppers and Jayrone Elliott to run his record to 8-0.

  • Rollins outside: Rookie second-round pick Quinten Rollins worked at the outside cornerback spot for the first time. He had been playing only in the slot since he came back from the hamstring injury that kept him out the first three practices. The reason: cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt didn't want to stress his hamstring too much by playing him on the outside, where there's more running and movement involved.

  • Veteran presence: The only rookies on the No. 1 kickoff cover team were linebacker Jake Ryan and cornerback Damarious Randall. McCarthy has said he would like to use more veteran players on special teams this year.