The Las Vegas Raiders have been a mess thus far in the 2022 season. They are the lone 0-3 team in the NFL as the only other team without a win, the Houston Texans, are 0-2-1 courtesy of their Week 1 matchup with the Indianapolis Colts.
Las Vegas could very easily be 1-2 had they not crumbled in the fourth quarter of their Week 2 matchup against the Arizona Cardinals. The Raiders held a 16-point lead over the Cardinals heading into the final stanza but blew the lead and ultimately lost the game in overtime.
There has been a lot of focus recently on their biggest offseason acquisition, wide receiver Davante Adams. Las Vegas traded a first and second-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for him and were hopeful that he would elevate the entire offense.
With him in the fold, Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow would become tougher to defend as defenses would direct a lot of attention at Adams. However, Derek Carr hasn’t always looked to funnel targets toward his new No. 1 receiver.
That is something one NFL scout that talked to NFL Analysis Network believes needs to change. The scout believes getting the ball to Adams more would help fix things with the offense.
“We’re all wondering why this Raiders’ offense hasn’t performed up to standards. Well, quite frankly, they haven’t been getting the ball to their best weapon. (Derek) Carr must begin utilizing Davante Adams as a true No. 1 immediately.”
After receiving 17 targets in his debut with the team against the Los Angeles Chargers, Adams has been targeted 17 times total in the subsequent two games. Carr needs to find a good balance somewhere between those two extremes.
Adams was acquired to be the guy in Las Vegas, not a part-time player and it is time that they start using him as such. While both Carr and Adams show down the notion that he is looking to spread the ball around too much, it wouldn’t hurt to funnel a few more targets or scheme up plays for their All-Pro pass catcher.