The verdict is in: Raiders Davante Adams hasn’t regressed with Derek Carr
The theorizing is over – Davante Adams has not regressed upon going from Aaron Rodgers to Derek Carr at quarterback.
It’s been 11 weeks since the 2022 NFL season officially kicked off. In the meantime, we’ve been able to see exactly how Davante Adams performs with his old buddy Derek Carr.
Spoiler alert: Davante is still the king of the wide receiver position.
Among receivers, Adams ranks first in touchdowns (10), third in 20+ yard plays (14), first in 20+ yard plays that end with a touchdown (6), third in 40+ yard plays (4), fourth in yards (925), fifth in yards after catch (337) and sixth in total receptions.
What’s more, no receiver in the NFL has broken more tackles this season than the first-year Raider (9).
Adams is excelling wherever he lines up, or whichever defensive package he’s facing. Per Pro Football Focus, the former Packer is the 13th-highest graded player when lined up in the slot, notching the ninth-most receiving yards and 11th-most yards after catch among slotted pass catchers.
Against man coverage, the 29-year-old has a PFF grade of 79.6. This is where three of his 10 total touchdowns have come from; a number that ranks top-5 among wide receivers. Considering Adams only has nine receptions when opposing defenses play man, this means 33% of his catches have ended with six on the board for Las Vegas.
When defenders sit in zones, Davante Adams feasts.
The All-Pro wideout is tied for most touchdowns against zone coverage, in addition to having the fourth-most receptions and third-most yards.
Adams has also moved the chains 27 times when facing zone defenses, which is tied for fourth-most.
Throughout both the ’20 and ’21 seasons combined, Davante averaged 97.6 receiving yards per game with just under one touchdown each contest (29 TDs, 30 games). Now with Derek Carr, the Raiders’ newcomer is averaging 92.5 yards per contest with a full touchdown for each game.
No regression to be found.