For the first time in a long time, Davante Adams will be catching footballs from someone other than Aaron Rodgers or Derek Carr.
It's uncharted territory for the Raiders' 30-year-old star receiver. Of course there would be games on occasion where someone else would step in for a game or two, but never to this extreme. The only way Adams will see Rodgers or Carr on the sideline is if he sets up a video call on a Microsoft Surface — or hangs a picture of them.
When Adams makes that march out onto the field following a change of possession in 2023, he'll be getting orders from No. 10, Jimmy Garoppolo. In a profile with The Ringer's Mirin Fader, the All-Pro wideout detailed how he felt about the Raiders' interesting offseason, most notably the switch from his former college teammate Carr to Jimmy G.
“[The front office] think this is the best bet for us right now to put us in a position to be urgent,” Adams told Fader. “We don’t see eye-to-eye on what we think is best for us right now.”
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Following the conclusion of the 2022 season, the Raiders cut Carr in February after he declined to waive his no-trade clause. Carr later signed with the Saints in free agency.
Adams' old friend from Green Bay, Rodgers, was also looking for a new home. Of course, as the story goes, Rodgers would bolt for the east coast to join the Jets. The Raiders opted for Garoppolo's familiarity with head coach Josh McDaniels over both of them.
On paper, the Raiders don't look like a team that can contend in the league or even challenge the Chiefs for the AFC West division crown. Adams, who detailed to Fader how much he wants to win in Vegas, didn't seem overly thrilled with his team's chances.
“I’m going to have to buy into this and try to be as optimistic as possible,” Adams said. “It’s not what I expected to happen, but it’s something that’s the reality now.”
Fader explained that the Raiders do allow the receiver to have some input, but he has no final decision on roster moves.
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Garoppolo isn't a quarterback who will push the ball downfield as much as Adams' two former signal-callers, but the receiver believes they'll adjust to the new scheme.
“It all depends on the style of ball that we play,” Adams said. “If we play a certain brand of ball, I can get [Garoppolo] to conform to whatever. But if we use him a certain type of way, then it’s going to make it tough for us to maximize who we should be this year.”
Regardless, Adams did say that he has spoken with Garoppolo and has heard nothing but good things from other players about him. At the end of the day, the objective remains the same.
“My goal is to win a Super Bowl with this team. And that’s why I didn’t come here to just be cute with Derek,” he said. “It is to really try and have a shot and change this organization.”
Adams, for his part, doesn't want his comments to be read too deep into. He did post a photo of himself with Raiders GM Dave Ziegler captioned "the man."
#Raiders star WR Davante Adams weighs in to some recent articles with an Instagram post this morning. pic.twitter.com/oXWAw4mGJI— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 17, 2023
Adams wanted Vegas and he got it. He wanted to be closer to home and he got it. He wanted to be recognized for his success away from the shadows of Rodgers and he got it. Now let's see if he can deliver on being part of the solution with the Raiders.