It is no secret that Davante Adams’ time with the Las Vegas Raiders has not gone nearly as well as he might have envisioned it going. When the Green Bay Packers decided to place the franchise tag on Adams following the 2021 season, a year in which he set the franchise record for receiving yards in a season, he informed the team that he would no longer suit up for them.
As a result, the Packers traded Adams to the Raiders, the team he grew up cheering for, for a first and second round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Adams had another All-Pro season in 2022, catching 100 passes for 1,516 yards and a NFL-leading 14 touchdown passes.
While Davante Adams Thrived, the Las Vegas Raiders Quarterback Situation Spiraled
One would have expected the 2022 Raiders offense to be one of the best in the NFL. While Adams led the NFL in touchdown receptions, running back Josh Jacobs was the league’s rushing leader with 1,653 yards. However, quarterback Derek Carr, who was Adams’ quarterback in college, completed just 60.8% of his passes, threw 14 interceptions, and was sent away from the team for the final two weeks of the season.
This past season, the Raiders decided to roll with Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback. They hoped that his history with then head coach Josh McDaniels would help resurrect his career. Garoppolo, though, played in just seven games in 2023 and threw more interceptions (nine) than touchdowns (seven).
The rest of the Raiders’ games were started by rookie fourth round pick Aiden O’Connell (10 stars) and Bryan Hoyer (one start).
The Las Vegas Raiders Are Reuniting Devante Adams with Alex Van Pelt
As part of their overhaul of coaches this offseason, the Raiders hired former Cleveland Browns and New England Patriots offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt for the same position on Antonio Pierce’s staff. Van Pelt previously worked with Adams when the two were together in Green Bay.
Adams, of course, was with the Packers from 2014-2021. Van Pelt was on the Packers’ coaching staff from 2012-2017, first as a running backs coach and then as Aaron Rodgers’ quarterbacks coach.
Of reuniting with Van Pelt, Adams said:
“That was a good feeling knowing a guy that I’ve worked with. I know how he works, I know how his mind works and we’ve had success together. So it’s definitely exciting.”
Pierce led the Raiders to finish the season 5-3 in their last eight games. Perhaps Van Pelt will be able to help their offense build on that finish and properly utilize Adams.
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