Davante Adams has been named first-team All-Pro for three straight seasons, but it’s the latest one — after his first season with the Las Vegas Raiders — that has been the most important to him.
Because he accomplished it without Aaron Rodgers as his quarterback.
“I’ve proven myself,” Adams, who was traded to the Raiders during the 2022 offseason after eight seasons with Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers, told The Ringer in an interview published Tuesday. “A quarterback doesn’t make me … I make me. And I can do it consistently at this level.
“That’s why [last] time means a lot. Even if I go and play like dog s— next year, they can’t tell. Because now I’ve proven it all season, played every game, and put together a résumé that says I don’t have to…
“You can delete all the numbers. You can write: He doesn’t need Aaron Rodgers.”
After signing a five-year, $141.25 million deal that made him the highest-paid receiver in the league at the time, Adams caught 100 passes for 1,516 yards and a league-leading 14 receptions. touchdowns in 17 games for the Raiders in 2022, earned. a Pro Bowl nod with Derek Carr serving as the starting quarterback for most of the season.
Those numbers followed a very successful tenure with the Packers in which Adams caught 669 passes for 8,121 yards and 73 touchdowns. He was a five-time Pro Bowl selection in Green Bay, and he leads all active receivers with 87 career touchdowns.
But Adams feels his accomplishments in Green Bay are often overshadowed by the star of Rodgers, who was traded to the New York Jets this offseason after 18 seasons with the Packers.
“Now people can’t say that,” Adams told The Ringer. “That’s not a retelling… If I wouldn’t have gotten first-team All-Pro, this was the first year where I really cared.
“When I got it, I was like, ‘Okay, I don’t care about anything else.'”
Adams will have a chance to see both — the Packers and Rodgers — this coming season, with the Raiders scheduled to play at Green Bay on Oct. 9 and the Jets on Nov. 12.
“Aaron is a hell of a quarterback,” Adams said.