HENDERSON, Nev. – A laughing Davante Adams clarified his recent comments on Sunday that caused a stir when he compared Aaron Rodgers, his former Green Bay Packers quarterback, to Derek Carr, his new quarterback with the Las Vegas Raiders.
“Every time you move quarterbacks from Hall of Famer to Hall of Famer … it’s going to be a little adjustment,” Adams told CBS Sports on Friday.
Rodgers, entering his 18th NFL season, is a four-time league MVP and was also named MVP of the Packers’ Super Bowl XLV win.
Carr, entering his ninth NFL season, is a three-time Pro Bowler who holds virtually every passing record in Raiders franchise history and has just appeared in his first playoff game (a broken right leg ended his second season games ahead of the 2016 postseason). but has a career regular-season record of just 57-70.
Adams likened his initial comparison to a musical slip.
“As a rapper it’s very important, you obviously have to have the bars,” Adams said Sunday. “You know you gotta have the bars. The line has to be there. But a very, very important and crucial part of being a rapper is delivery, right? I wasn’t a great rapper the other day.
“What I’m not going to do is take away from that statement because why isn’t Derek a Hall of Famer? What I meant, I left out a keyword because I didn’t mean it exactly. But I think Derek’s career is Hall of Famer worthy, and why not? Does he just have the MVPs? no Did he win a Super Bowl? Not yet. That’s obviously what we’re chasing.”
Adams and Carr were college teammates at Fresno State, and Carr’s presence in Las Vegas was a big factor in the All-Pro receiver’s trade to the Raiders this offseason.
“But what I wanted to say was, ‘Even if you go from Hall of Famer to Hall of Famer, it’s an adjustment.’ I didn’t say, ‘Hall of Famer Aaron to Hall of Famer Derek.’ So I’m not retracting my statement at all.”
In fact, Adams was defending his former and current quarterback.
“Derek’s career, honestly, you look at the numbers he’s had and what he’s had to work with and the adversities he’s had in Oakland and coming to Vegas and the kind of things that have happened here in the past , which hopefully we’re putting all that stuff to bed, but yeah, I didn’t deliver that message the way I intended it to,” Adams said. “Well, later when I saw it [the original quote] wrote, it kind of turned my stomach a little bit because I was like, ‘Oh 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 a Hall of Famer because at the end of the day I believe – and that doesn’t put any expectations or extra pressure on him because he’s putting that kind of pressure on himself.” ‘Cause he’s expecting every time he touches the field,” Adams said. “But yeah, that’s not exactly what I meant to say. I’ll repeat it — even if you move from Hall of Famer to another Hall of Famer, will “It has to be an adjustment. Every time you change quarterbacks, that’s what I was getting at. So, take that and run with it and do whatever you want to do with it.”
https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/34290025/las-vegas-raiders-davante-adams-clarifies-aaron-rodgers-derek-carr-hall-famer-comparison Las Vegas Raiders’ Davante Adams clarifies Aaron Rodgers-Derek Carr ‘Hall of Famer’ comparison