Raiders wideout Davante Adams

Davante Adams Is Out Here Playing Chess, DBs Playing Checkers

Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Davante Adams proved on Sunday once again why he’s one of the best, if not the best, at his position. While he did have a costly 15-yard penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct in the third quarter, he made up for it in overtime. When looking at the big picture and how Adams has performed, he’s just on another level and has proven to be too much for opposing defensive backs.

Raiders WR Davante Adams is on another level right now… 

While speaking to the media yesterday, head coach Josh McDaniels pointed out that Adams plays “the game within the game, which takes him to another level.” Fans can clearly see the cerebral approach that Adams takes when playing; it’s a thing of beauty. Adams himself spoke about his approach prior to the season, if you will recall. On an appearance on The Pivot Podcast, Adams shared insight into his approach at the line of scrimmage, pre-snap.

“I got a plan every time I get up to the line based on what you’re doing. I put on my Terminator mask on and have you right here in front of me. I drop down a scroll, three ideas or something that I want to do based off of, and this is pre-snap. So that’s when the plan B kicks in, based off what you do.”

If you’ve been paying attention, you can see the meticulous approach that Adams has been taking. He really hasn’t missed a beat since leaving the Green Bay Packers.

Josh McDaniels spoke on his receiver’s ability to dissect defenders

As far as Sunday went, Denver Broncos cornerback Patrick Surtain II hadn’t allowed a touchdown since Week 12 of last season. Against Adams, he gave up two; that’s just flat-out dominance. It begs the question of whether Adams is “unguardable.” To that end, McDaniels further elaborated on Adams.

“I think the thing that makes Davante very special is just up here (mentally); he can think, process, and understand the way he’s being covered, the way people are playing him, leverage, route technique, setting up his routes, and doing a lot of different things that allow him to get open and be special. I think sometimes when young players come into the league, they think it’s all skill and talent. And that’s part of the equation; there’s no question. But I think the other part that he’s really mastered is his ability to set people up. He’s got great savvy and instincts, great awareness.”

What’s even scarier is that quarterback Derek Carr mentioned that their chemistry is still a work in progress. It makes you wonder just how much deadlier this duo will be as the season progresses.

For now, Raiders fans should just continue to enjoy the greatness in front of them.

*Top Photo: Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

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