2. Davante Adams
Is there any duo more deadly right now than Davante Adams and Aaron Rodgers? Mahomes and Hill had their moments, but even they sizzled out in games. Adams and Rodgers seem invincible in 2021.
Adams currently ranks fifth in the NFL in receiving yards with 373, and he’s a guy that seems used to winning. He had 1,300-plus yards in two of his last three seasons and a career-high 18 touchdowns in 2020, not to mention multiple Pro Bowl honors and one All-Pro inclusion.
The eighth-year pro has been the most lethal Green Bay wideout in recent history, and he’s just getting 2021 started. Already targeted 45 times, Adams has the speed, the moves, and the tactical intelligence to thwart defenders at every turn.
If Cincinnati falters and allows even just one lapse in coverage, Adams will be ruthless, pouncing on every weakness he sees and make a score out of it. Simply put, the Bengals can’t afford any blown assignments, and they might even consider double-teaming Adams for a stretch of the game.
Some good news: safety Jessie Bates and cornerback Chidobe Awuzie appear ready to play on Sunday after missing last week’s game against the Jaguars. Week 5 could be the first time Awuzie, Mike Hilton, and Trae Waynes play a snap together, and this trio should boost the secondary and maybe slow down Adams a little.
We doubt they can stop him, though. With a player like him, it’s all about damage control.