HENDERSON, Nev. — Professional Bowl receiver Davante Adams mentioned Wednesday he desires to return to the Las Vegas Raiders subsequent season — regardless of the obvious impending departure of his good buddy Derek Carr and an underwhelming season by a workforce anticipated to return to the playoffs — and in addition hopes to be saved within the loop by coach Josh McDaniels and basic supervisor Dave Ziegler on the subject of selecting subsequent season’s quarterback.
“Yeah, absolutely, I wouldn’t have been here or ended up here, originally, probably if Derek wasn’t here,” Adams mentioned in his weekly media convention. “But that doesn’t necessarily mean that I won’t be here in the event that he’s not here. That’s my boy. Obviously, I’ve got his back through anything. I think I’ve made that more than clear at this point. I support him and I support everything that he has moving forward as well.
“However my dream was to play for this workforce earlier than he was a Raider, and at this level I wish to attempt to make this factor work and proceed on doing what I am doing right here, myself get higher and see the workforce develop and get higher as effectively.”
Adams, who grew up an Oakland Raiders fan in Palo Alto, California, was acquired in a blockbuster March trade with the Green Bay Packers for first- and second-round draft picks and signed a five-year extension averaging $28.5 million per season with $67.5 million guaranteed, to reunite with his quarterback at Fresno State in Carr. The Raiders, who would be on the hook for $40 million should Carr get injured, benched the ninth-year veteran last week for the season’s final two games and instead started Jarrett Stidham. Carr, in a mutual decision, has remained away from the team since last Wednesday.
Stidham passed for 365 yards and three touchdowns, with two interceptions, in the Raiders’ 37-34 overtime loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, while Adams caught seven passes for 153 yards, his second-highest total of the season, and two touchdowns.
On the season, Adams has 95 catches for a franchise-record 1,443 yards (Hall of Famer Tim Brown had 1,408 receiving yards in 1997) and an NFL-leading 14 TD catches. He was named to his sixth straight Pro Bowl and is line for his third consecutive first-team All Pro selection.
“He hasn’t missed a apply, like actually only a few reps, your entire yr,” McDaniels said of Adams. “So, to place in that form of work and that form of effort and that form of dedication to his craft when he is already achieved no matter he is achieved previous to being right here, I feel that simply speaks to how unimaginable the individual is. And he is been that means day-after-day that we have been with him.
“He wants to do things the right way every time he walks in the building. It’s a great representative, a great example to the young players that are trying to figure it out — if you want to emulate somebody, he would be a really good one to follow.”
Apart from Stidham, a fourth-round choose of the New England Patriots in 2019 who will probably be a free agent after Saturday’s finale towards the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs (13-3), the Raiders (6-10) are anticipated to be linked to the likes of potential free brokers Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo, each of whom have expertise in McDaniels’ system.
“Me, Josh, Ziggs, we’ve all got a really good dynamic and it’s something that I really appreciate, and I’ve mentioned it to them as well,” Adams mentioned of desirous to be saved abreast of a possible QB chase. “They don’t have to do anything — I’m not a part of the front office — but they know the reason why I came here. And a step like this is something that means a lot to me and my personal career and what I’m trying to chase as far as the ultimate pursuit, to get that ring.
“We have got an excellent understanding for each other and that helps this complete course of.”