Adams focused on Raiders' success, not Packers comparisons
The Las Vegas Raiders acquired All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams from the Green Bay Packers in the offseason to pair with former college teammate Derek Carr, but production and wins have been hard to come by so far.
Adams said Wednesday he isn't overly concerned with the production because he's "not doing this thing for stats at the end of the day," according to ESPN's Paul Gutierrez. The receiver is also aware of the adjustments that defenses are making after his Raiders debut against the Los Angeles Chargers, in which he logged 17 targets, 10 receptions, 141 yards, and one touchdown.
"Nobody gets played (defensively) like how I get played in the National Football League. Obviously, we played professional ball together - Aaron (Rodgers) and I - longer than what me and Derek have, so it kind of was a little bit more gradual than what this was," Adams said. "(Derek and I) jumped straight into the fire, had a few one-on-one opportunities in the first week and got 17 targets. So now, people are changing it up, obviously, and we've got to change some stuff up, too."
Since that opening-weekend explosion, Adams has a combined 17 targets, seven receptions, 48 yards, and two touchdowns in two games.
Adams' "perfect world" would be plenty of single-high safety coverage, but he knows "it's going to be a lot more cloud (coverage) and double-teams." Other receiving options on the team, like Mack Hollins, have been shouldering the load while defenses try to take away Adams and tight end Darren Waller. Hollins put up eight receptions for 158 yards and a touchdown against the Titans in Week 3, with the yardage accounting for about 16% of Hollins' total production over the last five years.
Head coach Josh McDaniels acknowledged that it's been a process for the Fresno State products, Adams and Carr, to get on the same page. McDaniels also said there's "a responsibility to help those two guys continue to be productive as well. So, we're all in it together."
When Carr was asked if he was overcorrecting his ball distribution, he shook his head, saying, "I'm going to listen to Josh (McDaniels) and my progressions and what he's telling me in the game."
While production is one concern, winning is the more significant issue for the Raiders. Vegas is the only 0-3 team after three weeks of play (the Houston Texans are also winless at 0-2-1). Carr acknowledged that "it takes time," but the 0-3 start has left the Raiders with very little time to get back on track in the AFC.
The Raiders will attempt to get in the win column against the 2-1 Denver Broncos in Week 4.