There will be a new dynamic connection for the 2022 NFL season after wide receiver Davante Adams was traded from the Green Bay Packers to the Las Vegas Raiders in the offseason.
In Adams’ eight seasons catching passes from Aaron Rodgers, the five-time Pro Bowler hauled in 73 touchdowns and amassed over 8,000 yards.
Now reunited with his college quarterback – Derek Carr – NFL eyes will be trained on Adams’ production, as he moves away from catching balls from one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time.
Count Hall of Famer Brett Favre as one that doesn’t see Adams putting up the same numbers with a quarterback other than Rodgers.
“No disrespect to Davante at all. Zero disrespect,” Favre told TMZ Sports over the weekend. “I do think that Davante will make Derek Carr better and, in time, they will be a dynamic duo. Now, will it be the duo that Aaron and Davante had? Time will tell. 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 no disrespect either, but I do think that Davante owes a great deal of gratitude to Aaron and the Packers drafting him.”
“That’s not to say he’s not a great player because he is a tremendous player and we’ll see that with Las Vegas. But it’s just hard to shift gears, especially from a player as prolific as Aaron Rodgers. I’d be shocked if he had the same year he had the previous year. That’s not to say he can’t do it, but I would be shocked.”
In their two years together at Fresno State, Carr and Adams connected for 38 touchdowns and over 3,000 yards. Adams told reporters in June that Carr and Rodgers were more similar in “talent and ability” than many think.
“As far as talent and ability, it’s really similar, if I’m keeping it real,” Adams said, according to CBS Sports. “They throw the ball a lot different. Derek’s gonna fire it in there, and you gonna know that thing’s coming quick. Aaron’s got the ability to tighten that core up and flick that ball to you. So the release is a lot different, but being able to get the ball to you late, if they see you coming out of a break, not many quarterbacks can get it to you before you get to the sideline if you’re outside the numbers already. Having two guys like that with really strong arms, and understand the game, the mental part of it, is another similarity that they have. They both obsess over it and they know everything that’s going on out there.”
The Raiders will open training camp on July 18.