Comparing Derek Carr and Aaron Rodgers is like comparing me to Jerry Rice

Davante Adams had Derek Carr as a quarterback in college.

He then turned professional and played with Aaron Rodgers for eight years. Adams has been a pivotal figure in Rodgers’ winning back-to-back MVP awards over the past two seasons.

But now Adams is back with his team in the middle with the Raiders. The chemistry between Carr and Adams hasn’t necessarily waned, as the two will meet in the off-season to wind down most of their careers. So Adams has been very aware of how Carr’s skills have improved since entering the league.

During his press conference Thursday, Adams was asked to compare Carr and Rodgers. It’s a somewhat unfair question based on the two men’s professional achievements. But Adams found a subtle way to answer thoughtfully.

“That’s a tough question,” Adams said. “I mean, it’s hard to compare. It’s really apples and oranges in there. I mean, it’s just a different ball game. You obviously have Aaron, who’s cemented as one of the best quarterbacks that ever played the game. That’s just like comparing me to Jerry Rice. It’s hard to do because Jerry collected what he did and it’s an undeniable respect for him. And I’m still going. There’s still a lot I have to do to mention it with Jerry that I’m aware of. And I think Derek realizes that too, from the big picture.

“But in terms of talent and ability, I mean, it’s really similar, if I keep it real. Derek’s arm strength – throwing the ball a lot differently. Like, Derek is going to shoot it in there and you’ll know that thing is coming fast. And Aaron has the ability to hold that core up and tap the ball. So the version is a lot different, but being able to get the ball to you late if they see you’re coming off a break – not many quarterbacks can get it before you hit the sideline if you’re already out of numbers.

Adams added that he feels that Carr and Rodgers are also similar in the way they approach the game mentally.

“They are both obsessed with it and know everything that’s going on out there,” Adams said. “A lot of times, I’ve seen Aaron shoot a blitz when he’s 17 yards off the ball. He’ll practically say, “Hey, he’s coming.” And I’m like, “What?” And then, sure, the dude comes flying 17 yards down the field .I saw it from Aaron.

“Then I saw Derek give me a check that literally didn’t make any sense to me before in college – here, the same thing – and we scored it. So there are a lot of similarities, but they are a lot different. And I think Derek is in a position to strive to be one of the Those are greats all the time like that, and it’s not nasty on Derek at all. I wouldn’t be here if I insulted Derek. But I don’t think I’m ready to compare myself to Jerry Rice just yet. We’ll see when it’s all said and done, or after more time – Just to be fair overall. And I think the same goes for Derek, where we’re chasing her and we still have a lot to do.”

Davant Adams: Comparing Derek Carr and Aaron Rodgers is like comparing me to Jerry Rice who originally appeared on Pro Football Talk

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