Wed Oct 13 7:11pm ET
By STEVE MEGARGEE
AP Sports Writer
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) makes a catch over Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Trae Waynes (26) for a touchdown in the first half of an NFL football game in Cincinnati, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) reacts during an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021, in Cincinnati. Adams is on pace to accumulate more catches and yards receiving than he did last year while earning All-Pro honors. (AP Photo/Emilee Chinn)
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) makes a catch over Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Chidobe Awuzie (22) in the second half of an NFL football game in Cincinnati, Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams says he occasionally is in the process of making a catch when he flashes back to a similar play he made months or years earlier.
Packers opponents must be feeling a similar sense of deja vu this season as Adams continues producing at a level that could earn him All-Pro honors for a second straight season.
Last year, Adams became the first player in NFL history to have at least 100 receptions and 18 touchdown catches in the same season. Although he has only reached the end zone twice this year, Adams is on pace to exceed last year's totals in catches and yards receiving.
''He's got people draped all over him and it doesn't matter,'' Packers coach Matt LaFleur said after Adams had a career-high 206 yards receiving Sunday in a 25-22 overtime victory at Cincinnati. ''He finds a way to do it every time.''
Adams said after that game that he had told a few relatives beforehand he felt he might get a career high.
He also talked about how he sometimes catches a pass and subconsciously thinks back to plays he's made before. Adams referred to it as ''some weird `That's So Raven' (stuff)'', a reference to the Disney Channel sitcom from the early 2000s featuring a teenage girl with psychic abilities.
Adams went into more detail about that Wednesday. He said it happens maybe a few times a year, usually on long-developing plays like deep patterns.
''I'll be running, the ball will be in the air and I'll feel like I've been in that moment before,'' Adams said. ''It's basically deja vu, like an active deja vu, I guess you could say.''
Sometimes the flashbacks aren't about catches he has made. They also can be about hits he's absorbed. He cited an example from his college career at Fresno State.
''Literally in the air, as I was flipping, (I was) thinking about how that same thing happened before against Nevada,'' Adams said. ''Same type of situation. I like it more when it happens on positive plays, but sometimes I'll have it when I'm getting flipped in the air, too.''
Adams said he doesn't recall this ever happening to him during his childhood. The flashbacks occurred as he got older.
''I think I had to kind of grow into that superpower,'' Adams quipped.
This season also has revealed one of Adams' other talents: his ability to stay focused.
Adams, who is in the final year of his contract, said at the start of training camp he wouldn't let any concerns about his future distract him this season. Adams noted how he managed to avoid worrying about the draft his final season at Fresno State and responded by catching 24 touchdown passes that year.
He has lived up to those words while helping the Packers (4-1) win four in a row.
Adams heads into Sunday's game at Chicago (3-1) with 42 catches for 579 yards to lead the NFL in both categories. Adams had a franchise-record 115 catches for 1,374 yards and 18 touchdowns last season.
''He's just so talented,'' quarterback Aaron Rodgers said after the Bengals game. ''Even when you know that I'm probably going to him, he still finds a way to get open and makes a big catch and breaks a tackle. The guy is a special player.''
Adams still sees room for improvement. He wants to boost those touchdown totals.
''Every time I get an opportunity down there, whether I'm doubled or singled up, I'm going to try to come down with it,'' Adams said. ''Make sure we make them count.''
New York Giants WR John Ross (hamstring) is expected to play in Week 7's game against the Carolina Panthers, barring a pre-game setback, according to a source.
Fantasy Spin: Ross had been listed as questionable on the injury report after participating in two of the team's three practice sessions this week on a limited basis. Although he had a good performance in Week 4's game versus the New Orleans Saints, he has not done much otherwise and can be avoided in most fantasy leagues.
The New York Jets have declared S Adrian Colbert, RB Tevin Coleman, WR Jeff Smith, DT Jonathan Marshall, LB C.J. Mosley and TE Tyler Kroft inactive for Week 7.
The Green Bay Packers have declared DT Jack Heflin, OT Dennis Kelly, LB Preston Smith, S Vernon Scott and CB Kevin King inactive for Week 7.
Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said there is no ETA on when running back Chris Carson (neck) might return from Injured Reserve, but he said Carson is workout out hard and is conditioning to be ready if/when he can return. Carson remains on IR and isn't eligible to return until Week 10 against the Green Bay Packers, and there's nothing to currently suggest that he'll make that timetable. Alex Collins has operated as the team's primary back in the last two games with Carson sidelined, but Rashaad Penny (calf) is returning from IR this week and figures to have a role alongside DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer. Collins remains the best bet for fantasy production as a touchdown-dependent RB2/3, but this backfield will be tougher to predict with Penny now in the fold.
Seattle Seahawks rookie wide receiver Dee Eskridge (concussion) was out of the area this week getting more tests done and currently has no timetable to return from his head injury, according to head coach Pete Carroll. Eskridge caught his only target for six yards and had two carries in the season opener for 22 yards before suffering a concussion, and he hasn't played since. The 24-year-old appears to have a pretty serious concussion and remains on Injured Reserve, so he doesn't appear close to returning anytime soon. D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett remain Seattle's dynamic one-two punch at receiver, with Freddie Swain serving as the No. 3. But until quarterback Russell Wilson (finger) returns (possibly in Week 10), Seattle's passing attack will be hindered with backup Geno Smith under center.
Seattle Seahawks running back Alex Collins (groin), who is listed as questionable for Week 7 against the New Orleans Saints, is expected to play on Monday night, according to head coach Pete Carroll. Collins returned to practice on Saturday after missing practice on Thursday and Friday and looked good. The 27-year-old has functioned as Seattle's primary early down back with Chris Carson (neck) on Injured Reserve the last two weeks, carrying the ball 35 times for 148 yards and one touchdown. DeeJay Dallas and Travis Homer have served in change-of-pace roles, but Rashaad Penny (calf) has returned from his own IR stint and is expected to play on Monday night, which will likely cut into Collins' workload a bit. The Saints have allowed the sixth-most fantasy points per game to RBs in the last three weeks, but they've only allowed 130 rushing yards in their last two games combined. Collins will be on the RB2/3 borderline and will probably need a touchdown to return solid value.
New Orleans Saints quarterback Taysom Hill (concussion) and wide receiver Deonte Harris (hamstring) have been ruled out for the Monday night game in Week 7 against the Seattle Seahawks. With Hill and Harris out, it will mean more red-zone opportunities for the likes of running back Alvin Kamara, wide receiver Marquez Callaway and tight end Juwan Johnson against Seattle. Hill has operated as the backup to Jameis Winston this year, but he's been a successful goal-line weapon for New Orleans with three rushing touchdowns on only 16 attempts through five games. Callaway will be the team's top receiving threat, while Kenny Stills should also have an expanded role in the passing attack with Harris sidelined after getting injured before the Week 6 bye.
Chicago Bears WR Allen Robinson (ankle) will play in Week 7's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to a source.
Fantasy Spin: Robinson had been listed as questionable on the injury report after logging two limited practice sessions during the week. Although he has had a disappointing season from a fantasy standpoint, he should see plenty of targets this afternoon, making him worthy of consideration as a flex option in most leagues.
New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) has an outside chance to play in the Week 8 game but is more likely to return for the Week 9 game, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Fantasy Spin: Fantasy players can monitor Barkley's practice participation next week to see if he will be able to play in Week 8. Barkley is a weekly starting option when healthy.
Las Vegas Raiders TE Darren Waller (ankle) 'doesn't feel great' after being added to the injury report because of an ankle issue Saturday, Oct. 23. The team will not know until pregame warmups if he will be able to play in Week 7's game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Fantasy Spin: Waller makes a risky fantasy option this week because the Las Vegas-Philadelphia game will not get underway until late Sunday afternoon, which would leave owners with few alternatives if he is declared inactive for Week 7. When healthy, he should be viewed as a must-start option in all fantasy formats.
Miami Dolphins WR DeVante Parker (shoulder, hamstring) appears to be facing an uphill battle to play in Week 7's game against the Atlanta Falcons, according to a source.
Fantasy Spin: Parker had been listed as questionable on the injury report after being a limited participant in all three of the team's practice sessions throughout the week. If he is declared active for the game, he could be viewed as a flex option in fantasy leagues, although owners should have alternatives available in the event that he misses this afternoon's contest.
Detroit Lions QB Jared Goff is not in danger of losing his job as the team's starting quarterback to QB David Blough, according to multiple sources.
Fantasy Spin: Goff has only thrown two touchdown passes in his last four games and has not reached the 300-yard passing mark since the season opener. With few offensive playmakers on the roster, he should be avoided in most fantasy leagues.
New York Giants wide receiver John Ross (hamstring) is likely to suit up for Sunday's outing against the Panthers. Ross has been dealing with a hamstring issue, although he managed to practice sparingly on Thursday and Friday, which is always a good sign regarding a player's anticipated availability. The former Bengal received an uptick in snaps over the last few weeks. However, with Darius Slayton (hamstring) andEvan Engram (calf) expected to play, andSterling Shepard (hamstring) labeled as a game-time call, Ross should be avoided in all fantasy formats in Week 8.
Miami Dolphins CB Xavien Howard (shoulder, groin) is expected to play in Week 7's game against the Atlanta Falcons. He was listed as questionable on the injury report after being a limited practice participant throughout the week.
Although Dallas Cowboys QB Dak Prescott (calf) is unlikely to participate in a light practice session when the team returns from their bye Monday, Oct. 25, he could resume practicing Wednesday, Oct. 27, according to multiple sources. The team is optimistic that he will be able to start Week 8's game against the Minnesota Vikings.
Fantasy Spin: Although Prescott should be started in all fantasy formats when healthy, he makes a somewhat risky option for Week 8 because the Dallas-Minnesota contest will be the Sunday Night Football matchup, which would leave many owners in a bind if he is declared inactive at the last minute. Fantasy owners should check back for frequent updates throughout the week on Prescott's status at practice.
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott (calf) has been progressing in the right direction after being injured during the Week 6 matchup against the New England Patriots. Prescott spent most of his bye week in the pool, and he should be ready to practice by Wednesday. Nonetheless, fantasy managers should continue to monitor his status and await his official designation ahead of the Week 8 outing in Minnesota.
New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) is out for Week 7 versus the Panthers. However, while he has a slight chance to make it back for Monday Night Football against the Kansas City Chiefs, fantasy managers realistically shouldn't expect him back until Week 9 versus the Oakland Raiders. Nonetheless, until Barkley is ready to return, Devontae Booker will likely continue to handle duties out of the backfield and has plenty of appeal in all formats.
Washington Football Team QB Ryan Fitzpatrick (hip) is still relying on crutches to get around and is not close to returning to action, according to multiple sources. He is expected to undergo an MRI exam in the next few weeks and appears unlikely to return before the team's Week 9 bye on Nov. 7.
Fantasy Spin: Fitzpatrick's rehab process has not moved as quickly as initially hoped and there is a possibility that he won't return to the field this season. Taylor Heinicke will continue to serve as Washington's No. 1 quarterback in the interim and can be a starting option in two-quarterback fantasy leagues.
San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo will start Week 7's game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Fantasy Spin: Garoppolo had been sidelined recently because of a calf injury but is no longer listed on the team's injury report after logging two limited practice sessions and one full session during the week. Although he won't have to worry about sharing offensive snaps with injured QB Trey Lance (knee) this weekend, Garoppolo is only worthy of being a starting option in two-quarterback fantasy leagues.