Davante Adams on facing the Packers for the first time since trade

Oct 6, 2023, 1:30 PM

Davante Adams #17 of the Las Vegas Raiders is tackled by Ja'Sir Taylor #36 of the Los Angeles Charg...

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 01: Davante Adams #17 of the Las Vegas Raiders is tackled by Ja'Sir Taylor #36 of the Los Angeles Chargers and Asante Samuel Jr. #26 of the Los Angeles Chargers during the third quarter at SoFi Stadium on October 01, 2023 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)

Davante Adams spent his first eight seasons in the NFL as part of the Green Bay Packers.

Then in 2022, the Las Vegas Raiders acquired the star receiver. And on Monday night, Adams faces off against his former team for the first time.

And while a contract dispute led to his eventual departure, Adams says the two sides ended things in a good place.

“I still speak to the front office guys over there. I checked in on Matt [LaFleur] in the offseason, hit him on his birthday,” Adams said. “All the coaches over there I love, the ones that are still there. The players, obviously they understood the situation as well, so it wasn’t some big crazy breakup that people thought it was. Obviously, it felt like it just because everything seemed good a week ago and then obviously I was gone. But a lot of mutual love and respect between the Packers and I.”

When Adams was traded, he left Green Bay as the record-holder for catches, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns in a season. He also sits at number two all-time in receptions with 669 and receiving touchdowns at 73. And while there is that connection, once the clock starts, he’s locked in.

“Once the game starts it’s just like every other game. It’s not going to be a whole lot of emotion and all that other stuff tied up in it once the clock is ticking,” Adams said. “So, the story and the specialness of the opportunity to play the team that you kind of grew up in that organization is special, but then like I said, once we get going, it’s time to go.”

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Adams was held out of Thursday’s practice after injuring his shoulder in last Sunday’s game against the Chargers. He said it’s feeling good and, “it’s getting better every day. Just got to keep working at it.”

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