CBS Sports released their third annual NFL Survivor Squad earlier today. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to folks, but Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams was the pick for his position. The second choice was Minnesota Vikings star Justin Jefferson, who recently declared his intention to overtake Adams.
For the last three years, CBS Sports has liked to put together a superstar team consisting of the best players at each position. Jared Dubin, who assembled this current squad, did give an honorable mention to Maxx Crosby, but ultimately, no Raiders players cracked the defense nor the coaching staff. Instead, Adams, who was acquired this offseason via trade, was the top receiver choice.
“Good luck to the cornerbacks who have to cover this duo. Adams and Jefferson can move all over the formation, and they win at every stage of the route — from the release to the stem to the break to the catch point and then by creating yards after the catch.”
WR Davante Adams is a no-brainer right now
The fact is, Adams is the best receiver in the game right now. What’s funny is that this offseason there was an apparent agenda to bring down Adams a notch. Last year, media pundits couldn’t give him enough praise, but fast forward to 2022, and suddenly things weren’t as bright. Be that as it may, Dubin points out that both Adams and Jefferson’s ability to gain yards after the catch is on another level.
Statistically speaking, Adams totaled 592 yards after the catch last year, with Jefferson accumulating 482. In the context of what Dubin is writing, this duo would be downright impossible to shut down, obviously. Nevertheless, both of these receivers’ talents are summarized well.
“They are impeccable technicians and terrific athletes, and nobody has shown the ability to shut them down in any meaningful way.”
With the preseason here, it only means that Raiders fans are that much closer to witnessing what Adams will do for the offense. Unfortunately, Adams is highly unlikely to play in these upcoming games, so Raider Nation will have to wait a little longer to see if anyone can shut him down, as Dubin mentions.
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