When the Green Bay Packers traded All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders in March the move sent shock waves around the league. The league’s best pass catcher is rarely traded at the height of his prime. That happened as the former Fresno State Bulldogs star wanted to be reunited with his quarterback from his Fresno State days, Derek Carr. Adams walked away from Aaron Rodgers, the reigning back-to-back MVP and the only quarterback Adams had played with his since his arrival to the NFL in 2014.
While there’s no debate about who the most talented of the two signal-callers are, Adams’ remarks in the offseason when he called the two passers equally capable helped spark this senseless debate.
Davante Adams comparing Derek Carr to Aaron Rodgers 👀 pic.twitter.com/EX9leucnjX
— PFF (@PFF) June 10, 2022
During a recent appearance on the “Matt Lombardo Show,’ Adams tackled the topic with these comments.
“I mean they are two guys that expect a lot from themselves and they’re not satisfied with anything less than a great effort out thesee, and they want greatness every time they hit the field.”
“Obviously one is a four-time MVP, you know, Super-Bowl-winning quarterback, and another one is slightly younger, extremely accomplished, but hasn’t had some of the acknowledgments or accolades that Aaron Rodgers has.”
Adams wasn’t done as he uplifted his current QB.
“Carr has probably had some of the most adversity from any other quarterbacks that I know of, let alone personally.”
Rodgers And Carr Are Not Comparable: Both Have Struggled A Bit In 2022
The accolades that Rodgers has accrued make this a one-sided debate as far as talent goes. But this season, neither talented quarterback has been outstanding. In Green Bay, the Packers win with defense and a strong running game. Following a Week 1 loss to the division rival Vikings, the Pack has rebounded to win three straight games despite Rodgers’s pretty average numbers, by his standards at least. A lot of it has to do with no longer having Adams dominate. Instead, the Packers are breaking in some talented but inexperienced rookies. Growing pains were to be expected.
As for Carr, he’s struggled with turnovers — four interceptions, and two fumbles — during the Raiders’ surprising 1-3 start. While he’s connected with his new toy in Adams 26 times, that only tallied 290 yards and four touchdowns. Adams’ 11.2 yards per grab is the second-lowest of his career, and that’s a sign of a struggling offense that was expected to be really good. Head coach Josh McDaniels has really had a hard time getting his top weapon open. Part of the issue seems to be his early season refusal to move Adams around to make the defense adjust.
Only 2 QBs have thrown for 4,000+ yards with 10 or fewer INT in each of the last 3 seasons
▪️Derek Carr pic.twitter.com/HnCieXjcfc
— NFL on CBS 🏈 (@NFLonCBS) February 17, 2021
Both Teams Have Tough Games This Week:
The Packers are in London to face the surprising 3-1 Giants. With their passing game issues, going up against a Wink Martindale blitzing defense isn’t what they want. But Rodgers has seen it all and should be able to adjust.
The Raiders travel to Arrowhead to face the 3-1 Chiefs and their lethal offense that just hung 41 points on an outstanding Buccaneers defense.
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