Davante Adams frustrated with role despite recent Raiders wins

Oct 19, 2023, 8:42 AM

Cornerback Jonathan Jones #31 of the New England Patriots tackles wide receiver Davante Adams #17 o...

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - OCTOBER 15: Cornerback Jonathan Jones #31 of the New England Patriots tackles wide receiver Davante Adams #17 of the Las Vegas Raiders after a catch in the second quarter of their game at Allegiant Stadium on October 15, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Raiders defeated the Patriots 21-17. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Through six weeks in the 2022 season, Davante Adams had three 100-plus receiving yard games, and one 95-yard receiving game.

This year, he only has one.

And despite the team’s recent wins, bringing the Raiders to .500, Adams is frustrated with his lack of involvement.

“When you’re a player like me mentally, my benchmark is not wins and losses, it’s greatness. So, when I go out there, I expect to be able to have that ability, to put that on tape, and have an influence on the game. Like I say every week, that’s my purpose for being here. I’m not here just to hang out and come here to hang out with Derek [Carr] and all of that stuff from last year. I came here to win and to do it the right way. So, I mean, if it don’t look like it’s supposed to look, then I’m going to be frustrated if I’m not a part of that plan because I have the opportunity to go and change that and make it look like a much better picture out there. And if that doesn’t happen, then I’m going to be frustrated. If Jakobi [Meyers] goes out and has a monster game, or if the offense is scoring every five plays like our first drive on the Bills, then it is what it is. It’s not about me, but I’m one of the bigger pieces as to why this offense is going to go, and if I’m not getting it, then that’s obviously not according to plan. So, we want to obviously keep working like we are to get that right.”

Adams went on to say he knows it’s not easy to throw to someone who routinely sees double coverage. But, he’s been in that coverage throughout his career.

“I know that it’s not easy, but I’ve done it, and I even did it last year,” Adams said. “We’ve had flashes this year of making it happen, but it just got to happen on a more consistent basis in order for us to be the offense that we want to be.”

His coach agrees, too. Earlier in the week, Josh McDaniels the offense has to be smart with the ball, but also find a way to make their best options available.

“He’s going to do everything he can to help us win, I know that for sure. He’s got a great attitude and mindset. He’s as competitive as a guy I’ve ever been around, and he should want the ball and he should want to contribute,” McDaniels said. “So no, I don’t try to tell them to not feel a certain way, and they should want the ball, that’s why they are who they are. So no, he’s great in every way and this is no different.”

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