HENDERSON, Nev. — A laughing Davante Adams clarified on Sunday his recent comments that caused a stir when he compared Aaron Rodgers, his former quarterback with the Green Bay Packers, to Derek Carr, his new quarterback with the Las Vegas Raiders.
“Any time you change quarterbacks from Hall of Famer to Hall of Famer…it’s going to be a bit of an adjustment,” Adams told CBS Sports on Friday.
Rodgers, entering his 18th season in the NFL, is a four-time league MVP and was also named the Packers’ Super Bowl XLV victory MVP.
Carr, entering his ninth season in the NFL, is a three-time Pro Bowler who holds virtually every passing record in Raiders franchise history and just appeared in his first playoff game (a broken right leg ended in his season two games before the 2016 playoffs) but has a regular-season career record of just 57-70.
Adams likened his initial comparison to a musical gaffe.
“Being a rapper is very vital, you have to have the bars, obviously,” Adams said Sunday. “You know you have to have the bars. The line has to be there. But a very, very vital and critical part of being a rapper is the delivery, right? I wasn’t a great rapper l ‘other day.
“What I’m not going to do is take that statement off because, why isn’t Derek a Hall of Famer? What I meant to say, I left a key word in there because that is not exactly what I meant. But I think Derek’s career is worthy of the Hall of Fame, and why not? Does he have the MVPs at the moment? No. Has he won a Super Bowl? Not yet. That’s obviously what we’re looking for.
Adams and Carr were college teammates at Fresno State, and Carr’s presence in Las Vegas was a huge factor in moving the All-Pro wide receiver to the Raiders this offseason.
“But what I meant was, ‘Even if you go from Hall of Famer to Hall of Famer, it’s an adjustment. I wasn’t saying, ‘Hall of Famer Aaron to Hall of Famer Derek.’ So I don’t withdraw my statement at all.”
In fact, Adams defended his current former quarterback.
“Derek’s career, honestly, you look at the numbers he’s had and what he’s had to work with and the adversity he’s had in Oakland and coming to Vegas and the kind of stuff that happened here in the past, which hopefully we put this all to bed, but, yeah, I didn’t deliver that message like I had it in my head,” Adams said. “So later when I saw [the original quote] writing, it made my stomach hurt a little bit because I was like, ‘Oh, my god, here we go. People are going to blow this up and take anything I say, and we’re the only team in camp right now.'”
“But what I’m not going to do is say that Derek won’t be in the Hall of Fame because at the end of the day, I believe – and that doesn’t put any expectations or additional pressure on him because he puts that type of pressure on himself because of what he expects every time he hits the pitch,” Adams said. “But yeah, I didn’t mean exactly that. I’m going to repeat – even if you go from Hall of Famer to another Hall of Famer, it’s going to be an adjustment. Every time you change quarterbacks, is that what I was getting at. So take this and run with it and do what you want to do with it.