Davante Adams Oct 23, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams (17) is pushed out of bounds by Houston Texans linebacker Blake Cashman (53) during the second half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Through the first eight years of his career, Davante Adams benefitted from playing alongside future Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers with the Green Bay Packers. But last year, Adams thinks he proved that he doesn’t need Rodgers, after all.

During his first season with the Las Vegas Raiders last year, Davante Adams led the NFL in receiving touchdowns, had a career-high in yards per catch, and was named a first-team All-Pro for the third consecutive season. He thinks that season sent a message to the NFL world that he doesn’t need Aaron Rodgers.

“Now people can’t say that,” Adams told The Ringer. “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. . . . That’s why [last] season meant a lot. Even if I went and played like dog **** next year, they can’t say it. Because now 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.”

Meanwhile, Rodgers did not have anywhere near the same success without Adams as the Packers fell short of the playoffs. We’ll have to see how Rodgers fares without Adams with the New York Jets.

[The Ringer]