When Davante Adams originally got traded to the Las Vegas Raiders, there was some skepticism that he would be as productive without Aaron Rodgers.
During their time together with the Green Bay Packers, Adams and Rodgers were arguably the best tandem in the NFL. Any time Rodgers was under pressure, his first read on the field was always Adams, who had a knack for coming down with contested catches.
However, the two players find themselves on opposite coasts now as Adams is with the Raiders and Rodgers with the New York Jets. Catastrophe struck the Jets in Week 1, though, as Rodgers suffered a ruptured Achilles that ended his 2023 season.
Like everyone else around the league, Adams was devastated by the news and made sure to reach out to Rodgers in the wake of the injury.
“Really tough, man. I didn’t want to really take to social media because I spoke to him directly and reached out immediately. I was watching it on the plane as we were on the way over here. And it’s like a horrible movie, you don’t want to see the main character go down like that at all, let alone as early as what it was. And I know he was excited and I was definitely excited to see him go out there and ball out. I know he was feeling rejuvenated and excited about the opportunity to work with a really good team, so it sucks.
“That’s my guy though, so I let him know basically I’m here for him in whatever way that I can. I don’t know what I can do to make him feel better at this point, especially obviously with us being in season now as well, but like I said, it sucks and I’m just praying that his mental is in a good spot right now and he continues to overcome it, and obviously that team as well.”
Fans of every team have to feel for Rodgers and New York, as many of them expected them to be a contender this season. Although Rodgers is past his prime, he is still the best quarterback the Jets have had in a long time, and now they’ll have to hope he makes a full recovery.
For Adams, it must have been hard to see his former teammate and friend go down the way he did, so it will be interesting to see how he responds in Week 2.