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Oct 10, 2021; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams (17) with the first down during the second quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Davante Adams is off to a blistering start in his contract season for the Green Bay Packers. 

He reset his own franchise record for most catches through five games in team history in Sunday’s 25-22 overtime win against Cincinnati, collecting 11 for 206 yards on 16 targets. The double-digit haul raised his season total to 42 receptions (Adams tallied 37 in five games in 2018). 

That’s not all. 

Adams joined rare Packers company with his 206 receiving yards against the Bengals -- he’s one of just seven Green Bay pass catchers all-time to hit the 200-yard threshold.

Billy Howton, a 6-foot-2, 191-pound wideout, who played in Green Bay from 1952-58 was the first Packers player initiated to the 200-yard fraternity -- the moment came during his rookie season in a 45-27 loss to the Los Angeles Rams, a year he paced the league in receiving yards (1,231) and receiving yards per game (102.6). 

Historically speaking, Howton probably wasn't the first Packers receiver to gain 200-yard status in a single game. That title belongs to Pro Football Hall of Famer Don Hutson, who unofficially eclipsed 200 yards at least four times from 1942-44. For the sake of official game record-keeping by Stathead Football, we recognize Howton's 1952 showing as Green Bay's inaugural 200-yard performance.

Four seasons later, Howton achieved the feat, again, versus the same team. This time, however, the second-round pick from Rice reached a figure that has stood the test of time over the past 65 years: 257 receiving yards. 

Six other Packers, including Adams, have expanded the team’s 200-yard club since Howton’s days in green and gold, but none have come close to matching Howton’s franchise record for receiving yards in a single game.

Packers' 200-yard receiving games since 1950
PLAYER DATE REC YARDS TD
Billy Howton 10/21/56 7 257 2
Don Beebe 10/14/96 11 220 1
Jordy Nelson 9/14/14 9 209 1
Davante Adams 10/10/21 11 206 1
James Lofton 10/15/84 11 206 1
Carroll Dale 9/29/68 6 205 2
Javon Walker 9/26/04 11 200 3
Billy Howton 12/7/52 6 200 0

Interestingly, eleven receptions has been the high-water mark in such contests by Packers players. Howton’s 36.7 yard average, accomplished his second time around, remains the best yard-per-reception average in 200+ yard receiving games.

Carroll Dale, who spent eight seasons with the Pack but never eclipsed the 1,000-yard milestone, was the next Green Bay receiver after Howton to notch a 200+ yard game. Four of the eight such games in team history (Howton’s first, Dale, Lofton and Walker) occurred in losses.

Prior to Adams’ career outing Sunday, former teammate Jordy Nelson was the latest receiver to notch 200 or more receiving yards for Green Bay. Nelson joined the group in a 31-24 win over the New York Jets when Adams was a rookie.

Perhaps his looming contract situation is adding fuel to his fire.

Adams leads the league in catches, yards (579) and yards per game (115.8) and is on pace to enjoy a 143-1,969-7 receiving line, which would tie Marvin Harrison for second on the NFL’s charts for receptions in a single season and break Calvin Johnson’s yardage record (1,964).

Whatever the reason for the blazing beginning chapter to his 2021 campaign, Adams is bound to etch his name in Packers annals at least a few more times before his career in Green Bay ends. And, if we’re lucky, that’s far, far down the road ahead.