Henderson, Nevada. – Davant Adams He was targeted 17 times by Derek Carr He came out with 10 catches for 141 yards on his debut with the Las Vegas Raiders in their season-opening loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.
Since then, Adams has been targeted a combined 17 times and has seven hits for 48 yards, in losses to the Arizona Cardinals and Tennessee Titans, with the Denver Broncos in town this weekend.
And while many wonder why Adams, who grabbed a huge deal with the Green Bay Packers in the first and second rounds in March before getting a five-year, $140 million extension, became a seemingly forgotten man in Las Vegas, he insists that no one is. “Kicks off” at the beginning of the season.
“All the folks at Green Bay will definitely keep trying, trying to compare the stats and all that,” Adams said Wednesday. “But we don’t do that thing for stats at the end of the day.”
Adams insisted that the inconsistent production of the three-game was simply part of an adjustment period in a new system with an old friend in Carr, his college quarterback in Fresno, after eight years at Green Bay with Aaron Rodgers.
Nobody is playing [defensively] Like the way you played in the NFL. Obviously we’ve played professional ball together – Aaron and I – for longer than Derek and I have, so it was kind of more gradual than it was,” Adams said of learning how to live with Rodgers as a pro.[Derek and I] He jumped straight into the fire, picked up a few singles chances in the first week and scored 17 goals. And now, people are obviously changing it, and we have to change a few things as well.
“[There’s] It won’t be a lot of times where [defenses are] I’ll just go to a toxic and defenseless guy in the corner. In a perfect world, we’d love it…but it would be different because back in the day when that happened, we found a way to find a one-on-one match. It will be more cloud [coverage] And double teams and different things like that with a lot of interest in me, and I think we’re trying to find the best way to attack that and still be able to be productive in the scrolling game as well, me and everyone else too. So it’s a bit of a tweak, but whatever anyone else is talking about has nothing to do with what’s really going on.”
First-year coach Josh McDaniels said it was a “process” for Adams and Carr.
“They didn’t see this together when they played before in college,” McDaniels said. “That’s not what happened. So, they get these different things, some of which Davante is more used to because it’s been played like that a little bit. Now the two of them are used to it together. We have a responsibility to help these two guys continue to be productive too. So, we’re All in this together.”
And while Adams’ overall production is down — his 50% catch rate so far this season pales in comparison to his 72.78% and 77.18% in the past two seasons in Green Bay, according to stats by NextGen – five-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro first team touchdown catches. In each of the first three Raiders games.
“It’s not like it’s not there,” Carr said. “But we’re seeing a lot of different coverages [and] People try to take it away in different ways. And we talked about this before the season – I said we’d see a trend.”
trend, with Pro Bowlers as the future of the slot Hunter Renfrowho had 103 assists last season, and a tight end Darren Wallerwhich had 107 receptions in 2020, from various traffic owners who take big days in turns. Mac Hollins He had his career highs in a single game in catches (8) and receiving yards (158) in Tennessee.
Even with Adams, who walks 96 receptions, he averaged 119 hits in the previous two seasons.
“It is a testament to [Hollins’] “His ability and work ethic,” Carr said. It’s also a testament to Davante and Darren, pulling off coverage and taking people so Mac could have the opportunity. And Davante knew when he was coming here… that he would have other guys who could also have football.”
However, Carr is 10 for 14 for 102 yards with two TDs and seven first touchdowns when targeting Adams in the first half of games, but only 7 for 17 for 87 yards with a TD and five first touchdowns after the break, according to stats and info. ESPN. It’s only a 2-for-10 target for Adams in the fourth quarter.
All this leads to speculation that Carr is making an overcorrection in trying to spread the ball around.
Carr shook his head.
“At the end of the day, I’m going to listen to Josh, my developments, and what he tells me in the match,” Carr said. “We try to put things in to get the ball in a certain place and it requires repetition. It takes time. Those are just three games we play together, again. It wasn’t all bad.”