Raiders News: Davante Adams Says He Was Paid To ‘Come Here And Make Plays’
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Nov 6, 2022; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams (17) runs off the field after scoring a touchdown during the first half against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

The Las Vegas Raiders traded for star wide receiver Davante Adams in order to take their offense to the next level. While the offense, under new head coach Josh McDaniels, has been solid, it definitely hasn’t been at the level that many thought it would be coming into the season.

The Raiders season as a whole hasn’t gone the way many hoped, with the team now sitting at 2-6 and the playoffs looking more and more unlikely by the week. The team has dropped three games in which they led by 17 points, and Adams has begun voicing his frustration with certain aspects, particularly the team going away from things that are working.

But according to Josh Alper of Pro Football Talk, Adams places much of that onus on the players and that he wants to be more aggressive about getting him the ball:

On Wednesday, Adams told reporters that he doesn’t put the failure to do that on coaches. He said he thinks plays were there to get made and that it is “really just execution from the players at the end of the day.”

Adams also said that he thinks the team should be more aggressive about getting him the ball. Adams said “they paid me to come here and make plays” and that the team can’t wait for him to be wide open to make them.

Against the Jaguars, Adams had nine catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns in the first half but just one catch for no yards after halftime. The previous week Adams saw just five targets, finishing with one catch for three yards as the Saints blanketed him with double coverage all day.

But Adams doesn’t view that as an acceptable excuse. He is confident in his ability to make plays regardless of coverage and expects to see the ball:

“At the end of the day, if we’re just going to concede and say, ‘Oh, they double-teamed Tae, so it’s forcing the ball to him if we threw it to him,’ then I’ve got no business being in this building, because that’s what teams are going to do,” Adams said, via Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “So, if you think that the only way I’m going to get the ball is when I’m singled up, then I’m going to have four catches on the year.”

He will almost certainly get that opportunity now as both Hunter Renfrow and Darren Waller have been placed on injured reserve, meaning the vast majority of attention will fall on him. Adams and Josh Jacobs have been the focal points of the Raiders offense all season long, and now they will need to be even greater if the Raiders plan on getting some wins on the board.