In an offseason full of major roster shakeups, few shook up the league more than the trade of Davante Adams from the Packers to the Raiders.
Since Adams entered the league, no quarterback and wide receiver have connected for more touchdowns than Aaron Rodgers to Adams with 68, according to Stathead. Since 2018, Adams' first 1,000-yard receiving season, no player has more receiving yards than his 5,600.
The deal to send Adams to the Raiders meant separating one of the game's greatest quarterbacks of all time with one of the most explosive receivers. The result has been that Derek Carr received a clear top receiver in Las Vegas, while a vacuum for targets and production was created in Green Bay.
Through the first four games, how has Adams compared to the receivers in Green Bay trying to fill that space? The Sporting News takes a look at the numbers.
Davante Adams 2022 stats
The connection between Carr and Adams has taken some time to be rekindled since their time at Fresno State. In two years at Fresno State, the two hooked up for 3,031 yards with 233 receptions and 38 touchdowns.
Through their first four games together since 2013, Adams and Carr have connected on 26 passes for 290 yards with three touchdowns. Adams has only exceeded 50 receiving yards in two games: the season opener where he had 10 catches for 141 yards and a touchdown on 17 targets and in Week 4 with nine catches for 101 yards.
The 290 receiving yards are his fewest through his first four games of a season since 2018, when he had just 285, according to Stathead, and his 26 receptions are the fewest since 2019, when he had 25. Despite the low numbers, he has been targeted the most through his first four games with 47. According to ProFootballFocus, he has no drops this season.
How Adams compares to Packers receivers
Rodgers hasn't yet found that top receiver without Adams in his arsenal, though rookie Romeo Doubs has taken a major step up in his first season.
Here's a look at how the Packers receivers have done in 2022, through Week 5's loss to the Giants:
Even with the extra game, Adams has four more receptions than Cobb and 41 more receiving yards. Based on overall PFF grades entering Week 5, Adams ranks as the 13th-highest receiver in the NFL at 77. Cobb ranks 10th at 77.4, Lazard is 30th at 72.4, Watkins ranks 35th at 69.9 and Doubs is 53rd at 66.7.
Without Adams, the Packers have begun the season ranked 16th in passing offense entering Week 5, while the Raiders are only two spots higher at 14th.
Adams' absence has left the Packers without a reliable deep threat. A season ago, 15.1 percent of his targets came on deep passes, per PFF, and he was tied for the highest grade on the depth at 99.9. This year, Cobb and Lazard have been the primary deep threats with target rates of 33.3 percent and 35.3 percent, respectively, and grades of 93.4 and 92.4 before the matchup to the Giants. The two have combined for four receptions on 10 targets downfield with 102 yards and an interception.
But Adams has not been that same deep threat he was in Green Bay. He has not caught any of the six targets on deep passes this year.
Another area in which the Packers have missed Adams' presence has been in the red zone. No receiver has been targeted more in the end zone than Adams this season. While he has caught only 6 of 13 targets in the red zone, three of those catches have been for touchdowns, which is tied for the most of any receiver.
Lazard and Doubs entered the game against the Giants leading the Packers with two red-zone touchdowns each, but no player on the team had been targeted more than five times in the red zone.
Part of that stems from Adams' ability to make the difficult grabs. The Packers don't have a receiver with multiple contested catches this season. Cobb, Lazard and Doubs had only one each before New York. Adams has made five contested catches in eight attempts, per PFF. He's also forced three missed tackles after catches, while Watson and Lazard only had two each before the game against New York.
The traditional stats to date aren't there for Adams or the Raiders, who enter their Week 5 matchup against the Chiefs at just 1-3, but the star talent of Adams is certainly missed on the Packers, who still lack that go-to option Carr now has.