Enter Davante Adams
With his brand-new plan, he brought along an elite number one wide receiver, Carr’s best friend and college roommate, Davante Adams.
Adams had a career year for yards and receptions in 2021, catching 123 passes for 1,553 yards and 11 touchdowns. He is, by far, the most productive wide receiver of the last three years. Adding him to a roster with a top three tight end and a top three slot receiver combined with an impressive committee back system would be a major plus. McDaniels has made backup quarterbacks look like the second coming of Tom Brady, with much less of a supporting cast.
Derek Carr and his elite weaponry Â
Even the most purist of football history buffs would be hard pressed to find a better supporting cast than what a Raiders team has ever put together on the field. Immediate comparisons go back to 2002, when the Raiders last went to the Super Bowl. In terms of age and physical ability, an argument could be made that this collection of receiving talent is superior to the older Jerry Rice, Tim Brown, and Jerry Porter. Charlie Garner and Tyrone Wheatley were amazing, but a healthy Kenyan Drake and Josh Jacobs could challenge their overall numbers in this offense.
Adams has 34 receiving touchdowns in the last three seasons, which is the most in the NFL. In two years together at Fresno State, Carr and Adams combined for 233 catches, 3,031 yards and 38 touchdowns. That was better than any two-year stretch or combination of seasons he shared with Aaron Rodgers. That is ideal for a quarterback who is accumulating yards but is unable to score more than 25 passing touchdowns. Moreover, Rodgers has never thrown fewer than 25 touchdowns in a season with Adams on the field, except when injured. Furthermore, since his arrival in the league in 2014, Adams has contributed to 30 percent of Rodgers’ 261 passing touchdowns.