Davante Adams did not come to Las Vegas to be a decoy.
Whereas he is comfortable if his teammates profit from the eye he receives from defenses, he joined the Raiders — through commerce — to make a extra tangible impression. And proper now, he is neither making contributions on the sector or serving to his teammates win their matchups.
And that simply would not sit proper with him.
After not talking with the media following the Raiders win over the New England Patriots on Sunday, the broad receiver lastly acknowledged the elephant within the room.
He is annoyed along with his lack of utilization and Las Vegas’ anemic offense not getting any higher by means of the primary third of the season.
“I’m certain persons are pondering, ‘Effectively, they received the sport. They received the Packers sport. Why is there a difficulty?’ I imply, you see why it’s a difficulty,” Adams stated. “Y’all know who I’m and know what I’m about at this level. Whenever you’re a participant like me, mentally, my benchmark shouldn’t be wins and losses; it’s greatness.
“Once I go on the market, I anticipate to have the ability to have that capacity to place that on tape and have an affect on the sport.”
The irritation makes good sense. He is simply the highest-paid participant on the roster, and the offense has obtained the vast majority of the payroll … however has scored 20 factors solely as soon as this season. And that was principally due to a Maxx Crosby sack Patriots’ quarterback Mac Jones for a security within the ultimate moments of the group’s sport.
“I’m one of many larger items as to why this offense goes to go,” Adams stated. “If I’m not getting it, then that’s clearly not in keeping with plan. So we wish to maintain working like we’re to get that proper.
“I’m not naive. On the finish of the day, it’s not straightforward throwing to any individual who will get the protection I get.”
The offense has not scored greater than two touchdowns in any sport, is 3-3 and never thought-about a critical risk for the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs, regardless that Las Vegas is second within the AFC West. Worse but, Adams targets and receptions have taken a nosedive the final two weeks.
Towards the Inexperienced Bay Packers, Adams had 4 targets and 4 receptions for 45 yards in opposition to his former group. The 30-year-old caught two of his 5 targets for 29 yards in opposition to the Patriots. The Raiders have solely had one sport with a 100-yards receiver — Adams had 172 yards in opposition to the Pittsburgh Steelers — and that is it.
Which may be more difficult with quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo being injured and up within the air for the group’s sport in opposition to the Chicago Bears this week.
Finally, Adams’ most important level is he desires to assist the group, and he cannot try this if he is not even getting checked out. The offense is not higher with out his inclusion. Clearly, there is a distinction between future Corridor of Famer Aaron Rodgers and former school teammate Derek Carr getting him the ball, however the Raiders and head coach Josh McDaniels must discover a approach to incorporate their star receiver within the combine if they need the offense to enhance.
“I got here right here to win and to do it the fitting method,” Adams stated. “If it doesn’t seem like it’s speculated to look, I’m going to be annoyed. I’ve the chance to go and alter that and make it seem like a a lot better image on the market.”