Davante Adams had some eye opening quotes about Jordan Love and the Packers

Davante Adams, Jordan Love
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In an alternate universe, the Green Bay Packers never traded Davante Adams and he is now catching passes from Jordan Love.

Unfortunately, outside of one game against Kansas City, we never got to see the Love-Adams combination. Adams left Green Bay to play with college quarterback Derek Carr, but their time together in Las Vegas lasted only one season.

The Raiders are left without a long-term answer at the quarterback position while the Packers have found theirs—Love will soon become one of the highest-paid players in the league.

It's easy to say in hindsight, but staying in Green Bay would've given Adams a better chance of winning a Super Bowl. Love made an impressive start to his career as the Packers' QB1, leading his team to the NFC Divisional Round.

In a conversation with Raiders teammate Maxx Crosby, Adams spoke about the concerns he had before leaving Green Bay and what he has made of Love's breakout season.

Davante Adams doesn't regret leaving Packers but praises Jordan Love

Adams had a fascinating conversation with Crosby on The Rush With Maxx Crosby podcast. He was asked about Love's breakout season, with Adams revealing that he wasn't convinced about Love before leaving Green Bay.

"At the time when I was [in Green Bay], I hadn't necessarily seen enough [from Love] to say this is for sure what I should do. But in hindsight, the kid is a f---ing baller, man, I'm so happy for him," said Adams. "I haven't really had a chance to truly sit down and talk to him, but I want to tell him at some point, 'I definitely don't regret changing, but I'm super proud of what you've done, and if there was a way I could pull you over here and drag you with me, that would've been cool, too."

The question many have asked since Love's outstanding year: Does Adams regret leaving? The answer is no.

"I don't regret what I did, but at the same time, you look back and you're like, damn, that boy is kind of balling right now," Adams said. "He's starting to come into his own. You can see the way he's talking in front of the media and everything. He's like a whole different person from when I was there, and that comes with experience."

Adams said he never doubted Love, but his performances in practice were "similar to what we saw early in the season."

In the first half of 2023, Love showed flashes of franchise-quarterback play but was far too inconsistent, throwing for 2,009 yards, 14 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions in Green Bay's 3-6 start.

Then, everything changed.

Love and the offense found rhythm. The Packers finished the season 6-2, with Love throwing for 2,150 yards, 18 touchdowns, and one interception. As Adams said, it "comes with experience." Not only for Love, but also the Packers' talented but inexperienced receiving corps.

Adams doesn't regret leaving, and Green Bay has rebuilt its receiving corps with unlimited upside. But we'll always wonder: What if Adams had remained the Packers' WR1 during the start of the Love era?

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