Davante Adams did not hesitate to comparing Derek Carr and Aaron Rodgers in the past, and he went on to praise his quarterback and Las Vegas Raiders teammate during their first training camp together.
Adams, who was traded from Green Bay Packers to Las Vegas earlier this offseason, called Carr a Hall of Famer when asked about his own transition from Rodgers to Carr.
“Any time you change quarterbacks from a Hall of Famer to a Hall of Famer…it’s going to be a bit of an adjustment,” Adams told CBS Sports. “Both are great players and it’s great to be here.”
It’s a harmless comment, but one that will certainly raise some eyebrows. Adams has already said Rodgers and Carr were ‘really similar’ regarding their talent and abilities, which many experts initially disagreed with.
Nor are Carr’s numbers as good as Rodgers’ in his first eight years as a full-time Packers starter. They’ve both completed 65% of their passes over that streak, but Rodgers has more touchdowns, wins and fewer interceptions than Carr. Rodgers also won a Super Bowl and two MVPs during that streak.
But, perhaps, Adams is playing the role of clairvoyant when it comes to Carr’s career trajectory. Maybe he believes he’ll help unlock Carr’s Hall of Fame potential. Adams himself has made the Pro Bowl each of the past five seasons and is a first-team All-Pro in consecutive seasons. He averaged at least 83 receptions, 1,015 yards and nine touchdowns a year over his eight-year career.
The two were also best friends and teammates during their legendary two-year tenure at Fresno State where they individually led the nation in multiple statistics.
Carr still has a long way to go before he can live up to Rodgers’ legacy, but in 2022 he will have to possibly the best supporting cast of his career with Adams in the fold. Las Vegas too hired longtime New England Patriots offensive coach Josh McDaniels to lead the team, extended slot receiver Hunter Renfrow and still has two good offensive playmakers in tight end Darren Waller and running back Josh Jacobs. The Raiders made the playoffs in 2021 despite Jon Gruden being fired mid-year and even bolstered their defense with rusher Chandler Jones.
While the Hall of Fame discussion might be a little premature, the Raiders will certainly be competitive in no doubt the the hardest division in football.