Davante Adams ready for matchup against super elite corner Jalen Ramsey – NFL.com


The Divisional Round kicks off Saturday afternoon with the best 1-on-1 matchup around: Green Bay Packers receiver Davante Adams vs. Los Angeles Rams corner Jalen Ramsey.

The two are tops at what they do.

Adams is a red-zone monster, leading the NFL in TD receptions, and despite missing two games, finished second in catches with 115 and fifth in yards with 1,374. Meanwhile, Ramsey was the league’s top corner, ranking first in receptions allowed when targeted, allowed the fewest yards, and was tied for sixth in TDs given up.

Ahead of Saturday’s showdown at Lambeau, Adams said he admires the NFL’s top cover corner but is focused on his own game.

“I respect Jalen’s game,” Adams said, via the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “He’s at the top of the list, for sure. I think there’s probably three or four super elite — is what I like to call them — corners, and he’s definitely one of those guys. He’s been playing at a high level, got great confidence. Does a lot of barking, which feeds into his confidence more. And he’s made a lot of plays. He’s definitely earned that. He’s a good player.”

Despite Ramsey’s proclivity to talk, Adams doesn’t expect much banter during the bout.

“With Jalen,” Adams said, “I don’t know how much talking is going to happen. Honestly, I don’t see a whole lot of talking. It’ll probably get a little chippy every now and then, but I’ve got respect for him. I’m sure based on our conversations we’ve had before, he’s got respect for me. So it won’t be no disrespect or stuff going on out there, but it will probably get heated.”

Adams’ confidence stems from the fact that he gets off the line of scrimmage better than any wide receiver currently playing in the NFL. That innate ability allows the star wideout to blow past corners before they can get hands on him and disrupt the play’s timing. It’s also why he’s the deadliest red-zone receiving weapon.

Adams believes that get-off will allow him to produce in one-on-one matchups against Ramsey.

“It’s just basically rooted in my confidence and the way that I play,” Adams said. “There’s certain guys who dictate or change the way they play based off who they’re playing, and that still may translate to success for them, but the way that I play is, like I say, I’m in the driver’s seat.”

The superlatives for both players is off the charts.

Ramsey allowed the fewest receiving yards (309) in coverage among 33 CBs with 500-plus coverage snaps in the regular season, per Pro Football Focus. He also allowed a 50.0 completion percent in coverage this season, including playoffs (T-2nd lowest in NFL, minimum 50 targets).

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