Former Green Bay Packers wide receiver Davante Adams made a great deal of headlines this past week. In a recent interview, he stated:
“That’ll never be the narrative ever again. It proved that I am me.. A quarterback doesn’t make me. I make me. And I can do it consistently at this level. I’ve already proved it throughout the course of a season, played every game and put together a résumé that says I do not need …You can erase all the numbers. You can just write in ‘He didn’t need Aaron Rodgers.’”
Of course, the media took that quote and ran with it. It is a very bold statement, but also a true one. Adams was an All-Pro again this year with subpar quarterback play in Las Vegas. One former Packers player, though, has an entirely different take on what Adams said.
Former Green Bay Packers Fullback John Kuhn’s Bold Take on Davante Adams’ Comments Regarding Aaron Rodgers
On his show “Nine 2 Noon” on 97.3 The Game, Kuhn stated the following about Adams’ comments:
“The only thing that is hurting him is that all [this success] is happening at the turn of a decade. So he missed the 2010s. Will he be remembered at the end of the 2020s for how great he was during that decade? Will he make that All-Decade Team? That’s the question/
“I’ll say this: Davante Adams would have been on that same trajectory had he stayed in Green Bay. If it’s about the Hall of Fame for him, if it’s about his legacy, he would have been on that same trajectory with Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay.
“You want to really flip the script and prove people wrong? Stay in Green Bay and play with Aaron Rodgers last year. Play with Jordan Love and put up the same stats.
“To me, the only way you leave a talent like Aaron Rodgers throwing you the football, and targeting you with the football immensely, the only way you take away those opportunities is if you just don’t want to put up with everything else that’s involved in it.
“I think Davante Adams, to me as I hear this, as I read this, it says to me that he was just tired of the Aaron Rodgers hoop-la. He was tired of everything else that was going on in Green Bay and he was ready to go and separate himself from all that stuff. Maybe he was tired of the late-season failures.
“It just triggered me as weird.”
There is something to be said about Kuhn’s point of view here. When Adams was first traded to the Las Vegas Raiders, he did admit that the uncertainty surrounding Rodgers’ future was a huge factor in his desire to move on. Of course, he also noted that playing closer to his extended family was a big reason why he wanted to go to the Raiders,
That being said, the Packers were ready to make him the highest paid wide receiver in the NFL. He turned down their offer and the rest is history. There is no doubt that Adams, alongside the Packers’ current young group of wide receivers, would put up monster numbers with Love as his quarterback. Even if Love does not pan out, Adams still put up big numbers in 2017 when Rodgers was out with a broken collar bone. With Brett Hundley as his quarterback for eight games, Adams recorded 46 receptions for 546 yards and five touchdowns.
Adams certainly could have continued to be an All-Pro in Green Bay. He just didn’t want to be here, for one reason or another.
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