I doubt Adams unseats Boykin from day 1. I almost think it's unfathomable. Randall Cobb, who I had graded higher coming out, barely contributed his rookie year. He had that first game that was great and they really didn't use him much after.
Our WR group was stronger than but still, rookie WRs rarely make huge impacts. Maybe one or two a year. I do think we'll give Adams some red zone looks in 4 or 5 packages because his skillset should be able to immediately help us there but I wouldn't imagine him being in a lot of 3 WR sets this year (barring injury.)
That's not because I dislike him or don't think he'll be great, I really like him and think he could become our legit #1, but the learning curve for WRs is rough. You go from limited route trees against really bad corners to complicated option routes against elite athletes at the corner position. It's one of the harder transitions, along with probably DLineman (who go from facing slow/horrible technique OLineman to huge, fast, technique driven NFL lineman.)
So do I think he'll be the #3? No. Frankly, I'm not sure he'll be in on the 4 WR sets as Abbrederis is a more natural fit as a slot guy. I wouldn't be surprised if we found Boykin - Cobb - Abbrederis - Nelson to be the most effective 4 wide. I really think Adams might be used more as a special weapon in certain situations, especially red zone.
Now, I'll be absolutely SHOCKED if he isn't one of our base split ends next year.
When being a fanboi goes too far.