At the beginning of the offseason, Davante Adams was traded from the Green Bay Packers to the Las Vegas Raiders. Adams joined his friend and former college teammate Derek Carr. Aaron Rodgers is now left with a young and unproven wide receiver corps in Green Bay.
At Fresno State, Carr and Adams racked up a lot of yards. Adams had 3,000 yards and 38 touchdowns in two seasons, while Carr had 12,000 yards and 113 touchdowns over four. But in the NFL, the Raiders have had six head coaches in the eight years that Carr has been there and a new coach coming in this season since the departure of Rich Bisaccia.
The Raiders play in a way tougher division, possibly the toughest division in the NFL.
The Raiders also have a new head coach in Josh McDaniels. Last season, McDaniels had a run-heavy offense with the New England Patriots, which would pull focus off of Davante Adams.
When utilizing the pass, they look for short passes across the middle and often look for the slot receiver to secure gains. While Adams is no stranger to the slot, Carr might look to a second option rather than Adams.
Aaron Rodgers, on the other hand, has often been able to make do without Davante Adams.
Plus, this is also the most complete Packers team in a while. They have a fierce defense led by players like Jaire Alexander and De’Vondre Campbell. They also have a thunder-and-lightning running back duo of A.J. Dillon and Aaron Jones, who both can catch.
But, Rodgers is working with Randall Cobb, Allen Lazard, and Christian Watson/Amari Rodgers. Lazard is not a true #1 wide receiver in the NFL but he could prove himself this season.
Rodgers is no stranger to playing with less-than-stellar wide receiver rooms though. In 2015, the Packers posted a 10-6 record with Randall Cobb, James Jones, and second-year Davante Adams. With Jared Abbrederis, Justin Perillo, Jeff Janis, and Andrew Quarless behind them.
While Jones and Cobb were good, Adams struggled with drops and had a 53% catch rate. When one of them was off the field, he barely had any receivers to target.
While Derek Carr is a surefire starter in the NFL, he is not Hall-of-Fame caliber like Aaron Rodgers. Comparing their stats of the 2021 NFL season where Rodgers won MVP, Carr had more overall yards than Rodgers by 700, but threw 10 more interceptions and 14 less touchdowns.
Overall, it looks like Rodgers might be the one who will be affected more in the beginning of the season, but when it comes down to it, Adams’ production will ultimately drop due to his quarterback play.
Adams is going to play in a new system with a new quarterback. Although they have history of playing together, they haven’t played together in almost eight years. I predict the Las Vegas Raiders won’t win their division and are at best a wild-card team. The Green Bay Packers will more than likely win their division.