Davante Adams delivers in Raiders debut, but the All-Pro needs help – Las Vegas Raiders Blog

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — As anticipated, Davante Adams was once as marketed.

Sure palms. Seemingly all the time open. Great in house and on the run after the catch (are the ones Asante Samuel Jr.’s sneakers nonetheless on the SoFi Stadium turf after you have faked out of them on Adams’ 41-backyard catch and run?).

But Adams’ 10 catches for 141 yards and a three-backyard landing Sunday in his debut for the Las Vegas Raiders weren’t sufficient. Not when the man throwing him the ball, quarterback Derek Carr, is careworn into six sacks, fumbles two times and throws a profession prime-tying 3 interceptions.

Yes, Adams was once sensible for Carr, his previous Fresno State teammate, and Las Vegas, but he needs help if the Raiders wish to finally end up on the sure finish of the scoreboard going ahead. There was once not more proof of that than in their 24-19 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.

“Felt great, felt great,” stated Adams, who was once received in a blockbuster March industry with the Green Bay Packers, of catching passes from Carr in a sport for the first time since 2013. “Obviously, we’re not really trying to take any moral victories out of it, but we did a lot of good things out there, a lot of good stuff to build off of. But we did fall short.”

Carr centered Adams six occasions in the first quarter, 17 occasions general, tied for the 3rd-maximum objectives Adams has ever had in an NFL sport, and no, the receiver was once now not stunned by way of his workload. But sure, he saved the soccer from his first ranking with the Raiders, the 74th TD of his profession.

“That’s what they brought me here for, to be a big part of this offense and help move the ball and put points on the board,” Adams stated. “That’s my job. That’s what I’m ready to do. I mean, I’m a volume-type guy, so I’m always ready for that. And if the game goes any other type of way, then we’ll adjust and we’ll deal with that, too. But that means that somebody else is probably, you know, handling their business and we’re able to move the ball.

“The maximum necessary phase is for this offense and crew to do neatly, clearly. But if I’m a large a part of it on any given week I’m anticipating that.”

And keeping that football?

“It’s simply roughly turning the web page and beginning a brand new bankruptcy in my profession,” Adams said. “So so to get in the finish zone for my youth crew is one thing that implies so much to me. We clearly did not finally end up profitable the sport with it, but at the finish of the day, it nonetheless manner so much.”

Carr, meanwhile, said he was being too “competitive” on his interceptions — underthrowing tight end Darren Waller streaking up the middle, underthrowing Adams on a deep ball to the end zone and throwing behind Hunter Renfrow on a crossing pattern — and acknowledged that he and Adams had a talk in the locker room after the game.

Because while Carr threw three picks against the Chargers after throwing three total interceptions in his previous nine games against them, Adams’ score was his 25th receiving TD in the red zone since the start of the 2020 season, five more than any other player in the NFL over that span, per ESPN Stats & Information.

“We did some just right issues,” said Carr, who completed 22 of 37 attempts for 295 yards with two TDs and the three INTs for a 69.1 passer rating, his lowest such rating since Week 5 last season against the Chicago Bears in Jon Gruden’s final game as Raiders coach (which also came against former teammate Khalil Mack, who sacked Carr three times Sunday in his Chargers debut).

“We had some manufacturing, but I feel we will be higher, and so does he. It is thrilling to get available in the market and play with him and feature him in the mixture of Hunter, Darren and the backs. I imply, first play, I am going proper to [Adams] and it wasn’t like some large birthday party. It was once like, ‘Alright, cool, subsequent one.’ You know, I’ve thrown 1000’s of footballs in my existence. It’s thrilling to play with him … and I will be able to be higher about being too competitive in scenarios once I should not have to.”

To wit, Carr targeted Waller and Renfrow six times apiece, though Waller’s went for 79 yards on four receptions and Renfrow only 21 on three catches.

Despite Carr’s struggles — and an offensive line that noticed 4 other diversifications, with Dylan Parham and Lester Cotton Sr. rotating at proper guard and Jermaine Eluemunor and Thayer Munford Jr. subbing for each and every different at proper take on — the Raiders have been nonetheless in place for any other not going comeback win. Las Vegas trailed by way of 5 issues and had the ball at its personal 21-backyard line with 3:30 to move and all 3 timeouts at their disposal.

It was once to not be, despite the fact that, with Carr struggling again-to-again sacks on 3rd and fourth down and fumbling each occasions (Las Vegas recovered each).

“We beat ourselves,” Adams stated. “And that’s not taking anything away from that team over there because that’s a really good team. They did a lot of really good things. But you turn the ball over the way that we did today and you still have an opportunity to go down and win, it says a lot about you as a team.”

“Nobody wins the season in Week 1. That’s just the fact of the matter. We’re going to come back and we’re going to be hard on ourselves because that’s the type of team we are.”

One that needs greater than Adams to step up.

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