Many variables exist in today’s NFL, but one thing is a given: Davante Adams will torch your defense. The Las Vegas Raiders traded for the former Green Bay Packers wideout this past offseason, and while some questioned the trade, not a soul can contest the results. As the league’s receiving leader with 14 touchdown catches on the year, Adams tormented opposing secondaries weekly. So much so that he earned his third career first-team All-Pro selection. Moreover, he broke the Silver and Black’s single-season receiving record held by Hall of Famer Tim Brown. For the former Fresno State Bulldog, it was a dream come true.
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However, that only scratches the surface of the Raiders’ dream receivers’ craft.
Davante Adams Literally Separates Himself From the Rest
Davante Adams led the NFL in receiving touchdowns in 2022 and a few other categories but not all. So something has got to give, and what’s giving is opposing defensive back’s ankles. Unlike many wideouts, Adams can excel at any route in the tree. His elite ability to create separation at any point during the route or at the line of scrimmage makes things much simpler.
I'd contend that no great player in the NFL makes utter dominance look as casual as this guy. He looks bored doing this. pic.twitter.com/53Q7Ujyylb
— Robert Mays (@robertmays) December 9, 2022
He creates space regardless of who is lined across from him, and to make matters even more complicated, he possesses ‘late hands.’ It is hard for defensive backs to make a play on the ball, even if they are tracking well and in the perfect position. That is something you cannot teach. How Davante Adams attacks all phases of his route is world-class and unguardable when you factor in his elite body control.
ARE YOU SERIOUS @TAE15ADAMS! 😱
— NFL (@NFL) January 1, 2023
So, What’s Next for Adams?
The standard of Davante Adams’ play is high, and those excellent standards are exactly what head coach Josh McDaniels is looking for. Moving forward, it remains to be seen who will throw him the football next season. In reality, he will make it work with any thrower. However, if he is paired with future Hall of Famer Tom Brady or the young Ohio State standout C.J. Stroud – he could have an even bigger 2023 season for the Silver and Black.
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