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Green Bay Packers legend Brett Favre expects a statistical drop-off from Davante Adams now that the All-Pro wide receiver won’t catch passes from Aaron Rodgers anymore.

Adams joined the Las Vegas Raiders in a stunning trade from the Packers this offseason, reviving a connection with quarterback Derek Carr that began in college at Fresno State.

“I do think that Davante will make Derek Carr better, and in time they will be a dynamic duo,” Favre told TMZ Sports. “Now, will it be the duo that Aaron and Davante had? Time will tell. I think Derek Carr is a very good quarterback, but he’s not in Aaron’s league yet. May never be. And that’s no disrespect.

“It’s just hard to shift gears, especially from a player as prolific as Aaron Rodgers. I’d be shocked if he had the same year he’s had in previous years. That’s not to say he can’t do it, but I would be shocked.”

Favre doesn’t think Rodgers will miss Adams as much, though.

“Aaron’s too good,” Favre said. “Most like Tom Brady has gone into every season and managed to just systematically tear teams apart with whoever, it doesn’t matter. And that will be the case with Aaron. Aaron will have a tremendous year.”

Adams has missed seven regular-season games since 2019, but Rodgers turned out just fine without him. The four-time NFL MVP passed for 2,049 yards and 19 touchdowns against just one interception in those contests.

Meanwhile, Rodgers was sidelined just once over the last three seasons – last year against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 9. Adams was targeted 14 times but caught only six passes for 42 yards with Jordan Love under center for Green Bay.

Adams and Rodgers formed one of football’s most productive duos in recent memory since Green Bay drafted Adams in the second round in 2014. The wideout’s 238 receptions and 29 touchdown catches since 2020 lead the NFL.

Carr, a three-time Pro Bowler, tossed a career-high 4,804 yards to go along with 23 touchdowns and 14 interceptions last year.

During the AEW x NJPW Forbidden Door post-show media scrum, the new IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Champions, FTR, discussed the origins of their popular theme song.

Dax Harwood and Cash Wheeler have one of the most beloved themes on the AEW roster with their Midnight Express-themed track, known as “Darkside of TR”, and Harwood admitted, “the only person we gotta thank for that is Tony, that was his call.”

The track is completely different from anything that they had prior to that, during their WWE run, or the original song that they debuted with in AEW. Though, the change has gone down well in the eyes of the fans.

“He called us in his office and he was so excited,” Harwood said. “He was like, ‘You guys have to listen to this!’ We listened to it, and I can’t lie to you, at first, I was like, ‘Oh my god, that’s not what we’re used to, we are used to being these badass guys who come out and fight and stuff.’”

Khan is hands-on with everything that takes place on AEW programming, which clearly includes theme music as well. Harwood confessed it sounded like he’s “kissing [Khan’s] butt” when he was speaking to the press about his boss, who was the man responsible for changing their theme music.

“That’s the thing what no one understands, the word genius is thrown around, but he really is freaking smart when it comes to wrestling. I mean, in life, in general, he’s smart,” Harwood stated.

FTR defeated Roppongi Vince and United Empire to add the Japanese titles to their resume while also retaining their ROH Tag Team Championships (and holding the AAA Tag Team Championships). This is the first time that the duo has held the IWGP Heavyweight Tag Team Titles, and potentially means they will be heading to Japan soon to compete for the company.

Right now, Ronda Rousey is being portrayed as a top babyface in WWE, but she admitted to “The DC Check-In,” that she’d like to be “a heel the whole time.”

The former UFC star is notorious for being a major Rowdy Roddy Piper fan, and he is her inspiration for wanting to be a villain, as she believes he was “the best heel ever.” Rousey added his nickname during her MMA career in order to pay tribute to him, which she then brought into the wrestling world through some of her ring gear.

“He was the real heel though that wanted you to hate him, he wasn’t the cool guy heel that was like, ‘I want to be bad. I want to be cool. I want you to like me.’ That jacket that I wear is a replica of his jacket and is actually stab-proof because people would try to stab him,” she said. “That’s what kind of heel I want to be.”

Rousey admitted she wants to be a heel that “really inspires that visceral from within and really gets the other person liked,” but she has only spent a brief period of her WWE career working in that manner. Prior to the end of her first run with the company, Rousey began embracing the boos of the audience throughout her storyline with Becky Lynch, which culminated in the first-ever women’s main event at WWE WrestleMania.

“It’s so much easier to get people to hate someone than like them. I think a lot of people forget that the job of a heel is to get the babyface over, it’s not for everyone to think that you’re a cool heel,” she said.

Despite the fact she wants to be a heel, right now, Rousey is working as a babyface in her feud with Natalya, and the two women will collide this Saturday at WWE’s Money In The Bank for the “SmackDown” Women’s Championship.

Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and wide receiver Tyreek Hill have been criticized for a perceived lack of on-field chemistry this offseason, but the two stars don’t think it will be an issue when the season begins.

Hill and Tagovailoa joked about their chemistry on the latest episode of the wideout’s “It Needed To Be Said” podcast, citing the NBA’s dynastic 1990s Chicago Bulls.

“(Dolphins fans) should expect a Dennis Rodman and a Carmen Electra connection,” Hill said, jokingly referring to the nine-day marriage between the former player and model.

Tagovailoa then suggested he be Michael Jordan instead.

“I’ve been underthrowing him so many times that he’s got people talking about how I can’t throw the deep ball,” Tagovailoa jokingly added, in reference to a viral video of him underthrowing Hill at practice.

Hill has no doubt that he’ll soon be on the same page as his quarterback.

“It’s all good,” he said. “I just feel that our chemistry will get there. Look, it’s going to be about 2 a.m. one night and you’re gonna wake up and walk in your kitchen and I’m going to be washing your dishes. That’s how good our chemistry is going to be.”

The Dolphins acquired Hill from the Kansas City Chiefs this year in a blockbuster trade and then signed him to a record five-year deal that will pay the pass-catcher $30 million annually. Hill, who’s earned a Pro Bowl nod in every season since entering the NFL in 2016, racked up 198 receptions for 2,515 yards and 24 touchdowns over the last two campaigns.

All Elite Wrestling star Kenny Omega has claimed he is “done” if he suffers another major setback in his ongoing rehabilitation.

The former AEW World Champion, who has been out of action since November 2021, made this statement during a stream on the CEO Gaming Twitch channel on Wednesday.

Said Omega of the “scary” situation (h/t Fightful):

“If I get another major setback, that’s it. That’s it, I’m done, I can’t do this ever again. Two times, three times a day, really painful rehab, not even knowing what it’s going to be like when I get back in the ring. I have no clue. It’s scary, actually. You see people, they come back to the ring and you’re just happy to see them back. There is a different kind of expectation put on me, and I think that anything less than what they are expecting, which is already unrealistic, is going to lead to a lot of ridicule, which is what I get every day anyway.”

Amongst other things, Omega is currently recovering from multiple surgeries to ease neck and knee issues and a sports hernia, all of which he had been working through for an extended period prior to announcing his pro wrestling hiatus. In addition, the 38-year-old had been suffering from vertigo – even in the ring.

Continuing, Kenny spoke of unrealistic expectations when it comes to his recovery, claiming people have treated the situation as if he can just snap his fingers and come back:

“You can probably understand and imagine how difficult it is, struggling twice, three times a day, trying to get things to work that maybe never worked before, and trying to re-route things in your brain to get around the things that aren’t going heal. People think, ‘Kenny is hurt, he took time off,’ snap your fingers, I come back and I’m 100%. Life doesn’t work that way. Bodies don’t work that way. Athletes don’t work that way. It’s very difficult to formulate a plan and to execute it. We’ll see how I do.”

Omega’s use of the word “done” will automatically lead to assumptions that he is planning on retiring should he face another roadblock in his recovery. Alternatively, the former AEW World Champion’s words could be interpreted as him not wanting to go through another long, gruelling rehabilitation process, which is seemingly proving too much for him to take at the moment.

Later in the stream, Kenny spoke of a desire to do more storyline-heavy work as opposed to performances carried by extreme, hyper-athleticism in the future, citing his acclaimed ‘Hangman’ Adam Page feud as an example. “Done” could refer to deviating from the explosive in-ring style that has made Omega such a success in professional wrestling, but has almost certainly accelerated his physical decline.

Whatever the case, Omega’s rehabilitation continues. All the best to him.

Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders stole the headlines Wednesday after saying Philly players feel “unstoppable” and part of “an All-Star team” this year.

Pro Bowl wide receiver A.J. Brown, the Eagles’ biggest addition in the offseason, reacted to Sanders’ comments Saturday, pumping the breaks on the remarks.

“(Sanders is) excited about what this team could be. We all are,” Brown tweeted. “But we’re not an All-Star team. We definitely could be with years to come. We have (to) strap up our pads and prove it every year and that’s what we plan to do!”

Sanders also suggested Thursday that his quotes were taken out of context by some outlets.

The Eagles acquired Brown from the Tennessee Titans in April as part of a blockbuster trade, adding the star pass-catcher to a promising offensive unit featuring quarterback Jalen Hurts, wide receiver DeVonta Smith, and tight end Dallas Goedert, among others. Philly also added to its defense, signing free-agent pass-rusher Haason Reddick and drafting defensive tackle Jordan Davis in the first round.

Philadelphia lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the wild card last season after finishing second in the NFC East with a 9-8 record. Philly’s offense ranked 12th in scoring in 2021, averaging 26.1 points per game.

Wide receiver Terry McLaurin believes he’s ready to meet the Washington Commanders‘ expectations after signing a lucrative contract extension with the club.

“Playing in the NFL is a blessing and something I will never take for granted,” McLaurin wrote in an open letter Thursday. “From the moment I stepped foot on the field as a seven-year-old to now, I continue to respect the game, play it the right way, and leave everything I have on the field. I love the grind and the process of getting better.”

He added: “From the day I was drafted, I’ve had the singular goal to win a Super Bowl with this franchise. This is on my mind every day when I walk into the building. While I am both humbled and ecstatic about this contract, it motivates me to work even harder.

“I understand and embrace the responsibility that comes with signing this extension. To whom much is given, much is required. There is no other place I would rather be or fan base I would want to represent.”

McLaurin also thanked the Commanders and his teammates.

“As with any life-altering achievement, nobody accomplishes it alone,” he noted.

Washington gave McLaurin – the team’s No. 1 offensive weapon – a three-year contract extension worth up to $71 million Tuesday. The 26-year-old’s new $23.3-million average annual salary ranks seventh among wide receivers, according to Spotrac.

A third-round pick in 2019, McLaurin entered 2022 with only one year left on his rookie contract. The Ohio State product skipped mandatory minicamp and OTAs amid stalled negotiations with the Commanders.

McLaurin has led his team in receiving in each of the last three seasons. He’s racked up 222 catches for 3,090 yards and 16 touchdowns since entering the NFL despite Washington’s struggles at quarterback.

Booker T believes Claudio Castagnoli “could have been made” had WWE just given him “a huge push”.

Catagnoli’s time as Cesaro did lead to several banner moments (WrestleMania 37’s win over Seth Rollins and his subsequent Universal Title shot vs. Roman Reigns being latter examples from his final year alone), but he was never viewed as anything more than a utility player behind the scenes.

Or, at least, that’s what Book thinks. The legend is probably spot on.

Former World Champ Booker told fans tuning into his ‘Hall Of Fame‘ podcast that “it really wouldn’t have mattered how we used him [after that] as long as we kept him at a certain tier”. He’s also slightly shocked that Castagnoli was able to show so much patience despite being consistently-overlooked for a solid decade.

Book isn’t certain he could’ve been so patient. Frustration would’ve taken over, and he might’ve left the promotion long before Claudio did. However, the legend is happy to see Castagnoli land in AEW and make a splash at both Forbidden Door and on Wednesday’s Blood & Guts episode of Dynamite.

On Cesaro’s WWE departure, Booker said: “He’s one that I wouldn’t have wanted to lose”.

Denver Broncos wide receiver Jerry Jeudy is optimistic that the 2022 season will be special after the club acquired quarterback Russell Wilson.

“Every detail matters with (Wilson),” Jeudy said, according to Troy Renck of Denver7 News. “You learn a lot, just how hard he works and how focused he is when he’s on the field and on the board.”

Jeudy added: “I feel like we are going to be a very explosive team. I feel like we’ve got all the pieces we needed, so we’ve just gotta put it together, and I am excited that is going to happen.”

Wilson, a former Super Bowl champion, brings leadership and stability to the Broncos after spending 10 seasons with the Seattle Seahawks. Seattle traded the nine-time Pro Bowl passer to the Broncos for a bevy of picks that included two first-round selections.

Meanwhile, Jeudy is looking to bounce back after experiencing a series of setbacks last season. The 2020 first-round selection missed seven games in his second year due to an ankle injury and time spent on the COVID-19 list. He tallied 38 receptions for 467 yards and zero touchdowns while averaging 12.3 yards per catch.

The Alabama product is hopeful that with Wilson under center, he can surpass his totals from a promising rookie season in 2020. He recorded 52 receptions for 856 yards and three touchdowns in his first year.

Jeudy also shared that he is healthy ahead of training camp after missing OTAs with a strained groin. The 23-year-old wideout is expected to be a key figure in a Broncos’ pass-catching group that features Courtland SuttonKJ Hamler, and Tim Patrick.

Denver is aiming to improve its 7-10 record from last season. The AFC West club hired Nathaniel Hackett as its head coach after parting ways with Vic Fangio. The former Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator will attempt to elevate Denver’s 211.4 passing yards per game and 10.9 yards per reception averages from last year.

Amari Cooper is ready to take on the responsibilities of leading a young receiving corps entering his first season with the Cleveland Browns.

“That’s the position I’m in now,” Cooper said, according to team reporter Anthony Poisal. “These guys look at me like an old guy. They pay a lot of attention to detail, and they know the importance of coming in every day and knowing their stuff and trying to perfect everything they do.”

Cooper, 28, is the second-oldest member of the Browns’ wideout group, behind only Jakeem Grant Sr. (29). The four-time Pro Bowler was acquired in a trade with the Dallas Cowboys for a pair of late-round picks in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Donovan Peoples-Jones led the Browns with 597 receiving yards in 2021, while veteran Jarvis Landry led the team with 52 receptions despite missing multiple contests due to injury. Cooper has the opportunity this season to lead the Browns’ receivers on and off the field.

“A lot of leadership comes with experience and age,” Cooper said. “It becomes easier and easier over time because, from what I see now, leadership is just experience.”

The often quiet Cooper seems to have made a favorable impression on his new teammates. “He sets that standard; like we have to shut up and get our work done,” Anthony Schwartz said.

The veteran Cooper is now with his third team following stints with the Cowboys and Oakland Raiders. He’s expected to lead a group that features Peoples-Jones, Schwartz, and rookie David Bell.

The Browns will look to improve on a passing attack that ranked 27th in the NFL last season, averaging 195.3 yards per game.

Cooper has surpassed 1,000 receiving yards in two of his past three seasons. He recorded 68 receptions for 865 yards and eight touchdowns last year.