Las Vegas Raiders lose in Week 1, but what does it all mean?
Carr and Adams have not skipped a beat
Carr might’ve played worse than the NFL world is accustomed to, but Davante Adams was right on par with what was expected.
Double-digit receptions, 141 receiving yards, and a touchdown, all backed by some type of strange chemistry with his quarterback that almost seemed preexisting. Seeing the two effortlessly connect time and time again really made me think, have these two guys played together before?
A few months back, I wrote a piece laying out all of the reasons Davante Adams won’t regress going from Aaron Rodgers to Derek Carr, despite it being a popular theory (you can find it here). Naturally, one of the many selling points was the rewritten record book the pair left upon leaving the school. Watching this duo in action, you would never guess they spent time apart – they were that fluid together.
Here’s how Davante Adams stacks up with the rest of the NFL after his week one performance with Derek Carr: Third-most receiving yards in the league (141), fourth-most yards after catch (62), second-most first-downs (8), second-most 20+ yard receptions (3), and second in total receptions (10). Jot down a score next to Adams’s name as well.
Throughout the last two seasons (’20 and ’21), Adams averages about 100 yards and a touchdown each game. He’s already ahead of schedule.
Adams also proved he adds an entirely new layer to the Raiders’ offense in the red zone, which has been an area of struggle over the past. On a play three yards out from the end zone, Carr zipped a pass to Adams in 1-on-1 coverage on a short flat at the goal line.
WR1, plain and simple.