Josh McDaniels: Davante Adams can play the game within the game

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Raiders receiver Davante Adams was as open as you’ll ever see him on his 35-yard touchdown to beat the Broncos in overtime on Sunday.

While the Raiders’ season has been a disappointment at 3-7, Adams has generally been as advertised.

Since catching just one pass for 3 yards in the 24-0 loss to New Orleans, Adams has been on fire. He caught 10 passes for 146 yards with two touchdowns against Jacksonville, nine passes for 126 yards with a TD against Indianapolis, and on Sunday had seven catches for 141 yards with two TDs.

On Monday, head coach Josh McDaniels said Adams’ understanding of the game makes him so hard to defend no matter where you line him up.

“I’ve mentioned a few other guys that I’ve coached that are pretty good, and he’s a unique player,” McDaniels said. “[H]e can think, process, understand the way he’s being covered, the way people are playing him, leverage, route technique, setting up his routes, doing a lot of different things that allow him to get open and be special. I think sometimes when young players come into the league, they think it’s all skill and talent. And that’s part of the equation, there’s no question.

“But I think the other part that he’s really mastered is his ability to set people up. He’s got great savvy and instincts, great awareness. Like the last play, I mean, that doesn’t happen if he doesn’t set it up the right way and really get the corner leaning to go across the field, but he understands that. He’s a special player. He really is.”

McDaniels added, “He can play the game within the game, which really just takes you to a whole new level.”

Adams has 64 catches for 925 yards in 10 games so far this season. His yards per reception is at a career-high of 14.5

16 responses to “Josh McDaniels: Davante Adams can play the game within the game

  1. Sure he is great but WRs are not a position you pay for unless your QB is on a Rookie contract. You also don’t trade a bunch of picks and pay a guy at age 29. By the time the team is any good he will a salary cap causality. The team has so many needs and they traded two top picks for a guy who won’t play like this for much longer. You can go back 10 years at WRs and you don’t see very many of them 29 and older in the top 10.

  2. He’s like Aaron Rodgers in his prime. Make one mistake and he will make you pay dearly for it. He has massive talent, but he also uses that talent to be in your head 100% of the time.

  3. This is the biggest blunder of the season. This guy has won one game for them in OT against another equally bad team. Worst off season acquisition in years by any franchise. It literally made the team worse!

  4. I’m glad the claims that Davante Adams was somehow only good because Aaron Rodgers was throwing him the ball stopped.

    Like Rodgers was somehow willing him to get open even when double-covered, make outstanding catches and generate tons of yards after the catch.

    Receivers can still be good if their quarterbacks are good, and Adams has been playing at a Hall-of-Fame level for years.

    All of that said, I don’t understand how McDaniels can inherit a playoff team, add a bunch of talent, and produce significantly worse results with a better roster. He should be on thin ice.

  5. wardo says:
    November 22, 2022 at 10:59 am

    He’s like Aaron Rodgers in his prime. Make one mistake and he will make you pay dearly for it. He has massive talent, but he also uses that talent to be in your head 100% of the time.

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    The 140 million dollar man (over 8 years), to get him you give up two early draft picks. The Raiders have 3 wins going into week 12. I thought this team was supposed to be better and make the playoffs………You’re brown nosing the guy doesn’t change the reality of the situation concerning how terrible the Raiders are nor the fact that you predicted the opposite.

  6. Calling this a blunder means all teams that sign or trade for players and do not make the playoffs are wrong. Adams puts people in the seats, the NFL is a business.

    Having one of the best players in the league doesn’t make a team worse. Both on the field and on the business side of things.

  7. wardo says:
    November 22, 2022 at 12:55 pm
    Calling this a blunder means all teams that sign or trade for players and do not make the playoffs are wrong.

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    Nope, it means the Raiders and YOU were wrong. Don’t put words in mouth. The Raiders still suck. Devante Adams is overrated, WRs are a dime a dozen in the NFL. Nice try kiddio.

  8. wardo says:
    November 22, 2022 at 12:55 pm
    Calling this a blunder means all teams that sign or trade for players and do not make the playoffs are wrong. Adams puts people in the seats, the NFL is a business.

    Having one of the best players in the league doesn’t make a team worse. Both on the field and on the business side of things.

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    you’re not convincing anyone that he is one of the best players when your team has 3 wins and got significantly worse after making a “blunder” trade – which it clearly was.

  9. Let’s all be real here….The Raiders didn’t win the game, the Broncos blown coverage gave them the win in OT.

    The Raiders are a flop and are having a terrible year, anyone arguing that is delusional.

  10. loldeepball says:
    November 22, 2022 at 12:44 pm
    I’m glad the claims that Davante Adams was somehow only good because Aaron Rodgers was throwing him the ball stopped.

    Like Rodgers was somehow willing him to get open even when double-covered, make outstanding catches and generate tons of yards after the catch.

    Receivers can still be good if their quarterbacks are good, and Adams has been playing at a Hall-of-Fame level for years.

    All of that said, I don’t understand how McDaniels can inherit a playoff team, add a bunch of talent, and produce significantly worse results with a better roster. He should be on thin ice.

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    Devante caught a wide open ball in OT because the Broncos defense left him wide open. He is nothing special, Rodgers made him special. Carr doesn’t have a clue and nor do the Raiders management. The team is horrible.

  11. As far as the picks, this was a STEAL, the Packers did Adams a solid by sending him where he wanted to go and not asking for a ransom. Throw in that the 1st round picks of the Raiders haven’t been stellar anyway, this was an absolute steal for a HoF player you have to make.

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