Looking to make their offense and make it a more dangerous unit this offseason, the Las Vegas Raiders went out and acquired All-Pro wide receiver, Davante Adams, from the Green Bay Packers. It was not cheap, as it cost them a first and second-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft in addition to the five-year, $142.5 million contract that they signed Adams to.
That contract was the largest in NFL history for a wide receiver and any non-quarterback in terms of annual value and total value. He did not keep that distinction for long, as Tyreek Hill surpassed the annual value with his four-year, $120 million deal with the Miami Dolphins following his trade from the Kansas City Chiefs.
Adams was brought in to provide Derek Carr, his collegiate teammate at Fresno State, a bonafide No. 1 receiver to target. Carr had a career season in 2021 despite losing Henry Ruggs III and tight end Darren Waller dealing with injuries. His 2022 was expected to be even bigger with Waller healthy and Adams joining Hunter Renfrow atop the pecking order for wide receiver targets.
Thus far, Adams has done his best to live up to the billing. Through four games, he has caught 26 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns. He has two 100-yard games already, which are sandwiching two underwhelming performances in which he caught only seven passes for 48 yards.
Adams is doing what he can with the chances he is getting, as Las Vegas is still working out some kinks when it comes to their continuity offensively. However, Adams remains as steady as ever because if he can get his hands on the ball, he will catch it.
According to PFF, Adams has been targeted 43 times this season and has yet to drop a pass for the Raiders. That is the most targets for a player without a dropped pass in the NFL this season.
Pro-Football-Reference has actually credited Adams with 47 targets this season, but the point of their post remains the same; Adams is as sure-handed as any player in the NFL. As long as the pass is within his catch radius, he will pull it in.
Getting him the ball more consistently to make plays is the next order of business for the Raiders. They were able to get their first victory of the season in Week 4 and Davante Adams had a big game. They are hoping there is more of that to come the remainder of the season, as Adams and Carr look to rekindle the connection that they had during their college years.