Green Bay Packers pass rush could get a boost from Montravius Adams

The Green Bay Packers may have found help pressuring the quarterback from an unexpected place, Montravius Adams.

It didn’t take long for second-year defensive end Montravius Adams to make a strong impression at Green Bay Packers training camp. Adams dealt with foot troubles last season that stunted his development and limited him to seven games. Finally healthy, he’s ready to help Green Bay’s pass rush in 2018.

A stress fracture limited Adams to 65 snaps as a rookie. He got off to a fast start during last year’s camp but ended up having surgery that would sideline him for the next seven weeks.

A year ago former, Packers defensive tackle Ricky Jean Francois told Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, “His pass-rush moves are ridiculous. I thought it would take him a while to adjust to the NFL and have to change from college moves to NFL moves, but I think he already adjusted.”

It revealed a lot about the Auburn standout to receive praise from an NFL veteran, but his first year quickly turned into a disappointment. Of all the players from the Packers 2017 draft class, Adams was easy to forget as he finished the season with one tackle.

Today, nothing is holding Adams back after a healthy offseason and the opportunity to live up to his third-round selection. Green Bay will be looking for help with their pass rush and Adams could be the one to answer the call. He stood out at the Packers first padded practice on Saturday.

Though he may have the athleticism of an edge rusher, at 6-4 300 pounds, Adams has lined up as an end, three-technique tackle, and nose tackle. This versatility will soon pay off and allow him to see more snaps in his second season.

“I think he’s in much better shape (and) did some real good things in the first day of pads,” head coach Mike McCarthy said ahead of Monday’s practice. “He’s more comfortable with what we’re asking him to do.”

For the time being, Adams looks buried on the depth chart seeing that the Packers are stacked along the defensive line. He’s likely behind Mike Daniels, Kenny Clark, Muhammad Wilkerson, and Dean Lowry but as a back-up, he will get more opportunities in the preseason.

We will have to wait until live game reps to see how far Adams has come in his recovery, however, his performance during one on one drills is a promising testament to a second-year jump.