How Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams transitions into life in the NFL without Aaron Rodgers as quarterback is a fascinating story heading into the 2022 season.
The former Green Bay QB-WR duo were of historic proportions, with Adams leading the league in yards and touchdowns combined over the past five seasons. That extraordinary performance saw Adams become the highest-paid WR in NFL history that offseason, but the corresponding pay came at the cost of his memorable association with Rodgers, which was ending.
As Adams moves into his next chapter with the Raiders in 2022, legendary Packers QB Brett Favre expects his production to decline based solely on adjusting to a new quarterback.
“No disrespect towards Davante at all – zero disrespect. I think Davante will do better with Derek Carr and over time they will be a dynamic duo. Will it now be the duo Aaron and Davante had? Time will tell,” Favre told TMZ Sports on Saturday. “I think Derek Carr is a very good quarterback, but he’s not in Aaron’s league yet. He may never be, and that’s not disrespect, but I think Davante owes Aaron and the Packers a lot of gratitude for drafting him.
“That doesn’t mean he’s not a great player because he’s a great player and we’ll see that in Las Vegas. But it’s just hard to shift gears, especially from a player as prolific as Aaron Rodgers. I would be shocked if he had the same year as this year. That doesn’t mean he can’t do it, but I’d be shocked.”
Simply put, the Rodgers-Adams connection was special. Over the course of eight seasons together, the duo developed into one of the most secure connections in the NFL. Rodgers’ back-shoulder fade pass to Adams was as harmonious as it gets as the pair seemed to know what each was doing at all times, especially when a designed play erupted in a frenzy. Adam’s career as a packer concludes with him ranked second all-time in receptions (669) and touchdowns (73) and fourth all-time in receiving yards (8,121) in the franchise’s rich history.
Adams starts 2022 not only with a new QB in Derek Carr, but also with an all-new offensive system under new head coach Josh McDaniels. However, his new Las Vegas circumstances aren’t all that alien considering Carr and Adams played two full seasons together at Fresno State. The Carr Adams Connection produced 3,031 receiving yards and 38 touchdowns from 233 receptions in 36 games played for the Bulldogs. Both entered the NFL in 2014 as second-round draft picks.
While Carr had career-high season bests in yards (4,804) and completions (428) in 2021, Adams notched a best 123 receptions for 1,553 yards (11 TDs) in his second straight All-Pro season. (fifth straight Pro Bowl bid). With both veterans in their prime, it’s not too hard to see why the Raiders invested so heavily in Adams.
As for Rodgers without a dynamic receiver like Adams, Favre is confident the four-time MVP will find a way to maintain success as the Packers look to capture their fourth straight NFC North title in 2022.
“You will be fine,” Favre said. “It’s hard to replace a great player like Davante Adams. It’s hard to replace Aaron Rodgers. You don’t replace those players. You plug someone in and hope the others fill the gap until that person finds their own path “Aaron is too good. Much like Tom Brady has gone into every season and managed to systematically tear up teams with whoever it is – it doesn’t matter. And that will be the case with Aaron.”