Raiders’ Davante Adams says last season proved he doesn’t need Aaron Rodgers as he pursues Jerry Rice’s record

Davante Adams loved playing football with Aaron Rodgers. But the former Packers receiver was tired of an apparent growing narrative that his success was largely due to catching passes from a four-time league MVP and future Hall of Fame quarterback. 

Adams, by virtue of his success without Rodgers last season, feels that he has put that narrative to rest. He said he felt vindicated when he was named All-Pro for the third consecutive season, which kept alive his pursuit of Jerry Rice’s receiving record of five straight All-Pro nods from 1992-96. 

“Now people can’t say that,” Adams says of the comments regarding his success being tied to Rodgers, via The Ringer. “That’ll never be the narrative ever again. … It proved that I am me. A quarterback doesn’t make me. … make me. And I can do it consistently at this level.”

One of the greatest wideouts in Packers history, Adams told CBS Sports back in May of 2021 that his goal was to one day be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Since that interview, Adams had added two more All-Pro seasons to his resume. Over the past two seasons, Adams caught 223 passes for 3,069 yards and 25 touchdowns. Last season, his first without Rodgers, Adams caught 100 passes for 1,516 yards and a league-high 14 touchdowns for the Raiders. Adams put up last year’s gaudy numbers despite Derek Carr getting benched late in the year. 


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