Raiders: No, Davante Adams won’t regress without Aaron Rodgers
Comparing some strengths of Rodgers to Derek Carr
Well, yes; Rodgers and Carr are different quarterbacks, of course, but their games are very similar.
Their strengths line up. Rodgers is masterful at checking defenses at the line of scrimmage and predetermining the best spot to go with the football. Carr is in this same boat, being elite at getting the ball out of his hands quick.
During Carr’s most notable season, back in 2016, the Raiders’ quarterback had a snap-to-throw time of 1.91 seconds. At the time, not only was this the quickest leaguewide but was the fastest full-season average during the entire 2010s. In 2018, Carr once again was the league leader in snap-to-throw time, averaging 2.4 seconds.
Both of these quarterbacks are deep ball marksmen. I won’t get into it too much now as I’m saving the details for a later part in this same piece, but the two faces of their respective franchises both ranked in the top-10 for deep passing last season.
The two quarterbacks are most noted for their arm talent, which they have a lot of. Again, saving the details for a future section here, but both of these quarterbacks have been top-2 in on-target pass percentage at least once in the last three years.
Perhaps it’s no coincidence that Rodgers and Carr have these similarities. In the past, Carr has explained that Aaron Rodgers has been a mentor type to him. After a week-18 win against the Chargers to propel Las Vegas into the postseason, the Las Vegas QB spoke briefly in a post-game interview, giving Aaron Rodgers a shout-out for his encouragement.
“I even was texting with Aaron Rodgers this morning”, Carr said earlier in the calendar year. “[Rodgers] has always been good to me since I came into the league”.
I’m not trying to convince anybody that Carr is on the same tier as the reigning back-to-back NFL MVP, but I am saying their game is cut from the same cloth. Don’t want to meet me there, even after reading the statistical similarities in their strength? Let’s hear it from some of the pass-catchers who have spent time with both Aaron Rodgers and Derek Carr.