Passing Game Review, Davante Adams is back
Finally, the Las Vegas Raiders won a football game in 2022. With a 32-23 victory over the Denver Broncos at home, the team showed many of the same things they did in the three first weeks. Again, the attack was top-notch while the defense was shaky overall.
In this one, running back Josh Jacobs stole the show. He carried the Raiders to victory, finishing with 144 rushing yards and a pair of touchdowns. Even quarterback Derek Carr got involved in the running game with 40 yards to himself, easily the most he had all season.
In the passing game, the Raiders had their least productive game of the season so far. Of course, as long as the team wins, no one is going to complain. However, that’s how the team got away with it when they opted to put the ball in the air.
Raiders WR Davante Adams is back!
After consecutive weeks with less than 40 receiving yards, it was starting to become national news. After all, how could the Raiders pay such a price for the league’s top receiver and not use him? Well, in week four, business was business as usual for the superstar as he recorded his second game with over 100 receiving yards this season.
Obviously the game plan was to get him in often because his day could have been even better. On the first practice of the game, Carr missed Adams in the end zone. While not necessarily an easy pitch, it was one he should have hit. Even still, Adams’ 13 targets resulted in nine receptions for 101 yards.
All in all, this is how Adams should be used in every game going forward. While the Raiders have plenty of talented receiving options, none are as talented as their newly acquired receiver. The best in the league at his position, he makes his impact as a dominant possession receiver who thrives on high-volume play scripts. Ten targets per game should be the minimum going forward.
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So far, Carr’s story of the season has been the plays he hasn’t made. Simply put, he just left too much meat on the bone for a quarterback who’s been in the league since 2014. Sadly, it was more or less the same in Week 4 against Denver. Specifically, during the first practice, where he missed two potential touchdown passes.
On the first play, he just decided not to throw it to Keelan Cole on the court. On a midfield post, the Raiders got the look they wanted, but Carr just decided not to let go and settled for a check instead.
Does Carr hold back the attack?
It’s plays like these that show how Carr holds off the Vegas offense. Clearly talented enough, he just doesn’t make enough plays to put the Raiders’ offense in the elite tier. If they want to become a team capable of winning championships, their quarterback can’t miss these games.
Despite the meager stat line of just 188 passing yards, Carr did enough in this game. Keeping the offense on schedule and often targeting Adams, he did the right thing. In all honesty, that’s how the Raiders’ offense might have to work going forward. If Carr can’t start the passing game, the offense will have to go first and foremost through Jacobs.
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