Davante Adams

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Davante Adams

The Reward

Davante Adams is a wide receiver for the Las Vegas Raiders and was selected in the second round with the 53rd overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. Born in Redwood City, California, Adams attended Palo Alto High School and started at both wide receiver and cornerback for the Palo Alto Vikings. As a senior, Adams caught 64 passes for 1,094 yards and 12 touchdowns, and also recorded 44 tackles, two forced fumbles and 1 INT. Adams was also a two-star recruit in basketball, but committed to Fresno State as a two-star receiver in their 2011 class. After redshirting his true freshman season, Adams would quickly emerge as one of the top receivers in the nation with none other than Derek Carr behind center. He played in just two seasons with the Fresno State Bulldogs, amassing 233 receptions for 3,030 yards and 38 touchdowns while also being named the Mountain West Freshman of the year (2012) along with first-team All-MWC (2012 and 2013). Adams would be recognized with second-team All-American honors in 2013 after going for 131-1718-24.

Now heading into his 9th season, Adams has been one of the most elite wide receivers we’ve seen in recent memory, however still not a lock for the HOF yet. He is a 2x All-Pro and 5x Pro-Bowler. In 2021, Adams posted career-highs in receptions (123), receiving yards (1,553) and targets (169) while also catching 11 touchdowns and averaging 21.5 fantasy points per game (WR2). This marked the 3rd time in four seasons that Adams went for both 1,300 receiving yards or more, and had double-digit touchdowns. He has caught 10 or more touchdown passes in five of his eight seasons.

During his dominant 2021 campaign, Adams ranked fourth in the league in YAC, (576), 14th in deep balls (23) and second in target share (31.6%).
Adams has been voted to the Pro Bowl for five straight seasons and has been named First-Team AP All-Pro in each of the last two. If he retired today he’d be in the same hall of fame category as AJ Green and Demaryius Thmoas, but he still has plenty left to offer as he heads into a new chapter of his career during his age 29 season. An offseason trade sent him from Green Bay to his childhood dream team in the Raiders to reunite with his college quarterback Derek Carr. With an increased competition for targets (think Hunter Renfrow and Darren Waller) and a downgrade from Aaron Rodgers, Adams' numbers may not be quite as robust, but he is still the best receiver in football getting open and creating yards after the catch and will continue to dominate the NFL as he has in the past. The Raiders offense needed a WR1 to pair along with Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow. Now, new head coach Josh McDaniels (former Patriots Offensive Coordinator) has an arsenal of receiving threats at his disposal.

The Risk

Technically Davante Adams is getting older, having just crested the age apex for production, and its clear Derek Carr is not as good as Aaron Rodgers. Carr cannot make the same back shoulder fade throws to the outside of the field that Rodgers can, which contributed to quite a few TDs for Adams. Plus the Las Vegas Raiders are in a incredibly tough division with the likes of the Chargers, Chiefs, and Broncos. Vegas Insiders are predicting them to finish last in this division which means no playoff run and potentially a below average win-loss total. You combine that with the fact Derek Carr is a guy who goes through his scan progression on every play looking for the open receiver, and not just latching on to one guy like Rodgers has done over the years with Adams, could lead to a significant decrease in production for Adams this year.

Thanks to Andy Cason from Football Card Quest and the Football Card Strategy Show for Contributing To This Profile.

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