Davante Adams spent the first of his nine NFL seasons away from Green Bay in 2022 after being traded to the las vegas raiders in the low season.
While with the Packers, Adams caught passes from Aaron Rogersfour-time MVP and one of the most talented quarterbacks in NFL history.
The eight years with Rodgers resulted in two first teams All-Pro selections in 2020 and 2021.
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But it was the third All-Pro selection in 2022 that Adams coveted most, the first without Rodgers at center.
«It proved that it’s me,» Adams told The Ringer in an interview. «A quarterback doesn’t make me… I do me. And I can do it consistently at this level.»
«That’s why [last] «The season meant a lot,» he says. Because now I’ve already tried it throughout a season, played all the games and put together a curriculum that says I don’t need…».
«You can delete all the numbers. You can just write: I didn’t need Aaron Rodgers.»
His comment was in no way an opportunity for Rodgers — Adams says Rodgers is an «incredible quarterback» — but Adams told The Ringer that his accomplishments in Green Bay often faded into the background due to Rodgers being the superstar that he is.
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Adams also said that he felt there was a narrative that he only succeeded because of Rodgers.
«Now people can’t say that,» Adams said. «That will never be the narrative anymore.
Adams asked to leave Green Bay for a chance to meet with his college quarterback Derek Carr.
It resulted in a breakout year for Adams, catching 100 passes for 1,516 yards and a league-leading 14 touchdowns.
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But the Raiders released Carr after the 2022 season and signed veteran quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, meaning Adams will start his third straight season with a different player at center.
Regardless of who’s throwing passes to him, Adams will need to have another All-Pro season in 2023 if the Raiders are to improve on their 6-11 record in 2022.
«My goal is to win a Super Bowl with this team. And that’s why I didn’t come here just to be nice to Derek,» Adams told The Ringer. «It’s to really try to have a go and change this organization.»