Raiders WR Davante Adams calls out teammates: 'You need everybody in football'

Vincent Bonsignore, Las Vegas Review-Journal on

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LAS VEGAS — The game film indicated there were big plays for the taking in the Raiders’ lopsided loss Sunday at Buffalo.

To some, that creates optimism that better days are ahead. The theory is that the problem isn’t talent but execution.

To which star wide receiver Davante Adams rolls his eyes.

“I mean, it’s not a relief, honestly, not for me,” he said. “I don’t know how the next man would answer that, but it’s almost more disappointing when it’s not the talent and you go out there and you don’t execute.”

Now 19 games into his Raiders career, Adams is challenging teammates to be part of the solution rather than the problem. In other words, when 10 other players are doing their jobs at a high level don’t be the one who blows the whole thing up.

“The thing with us is just every play having everybody on the same accord,” Adams said.


Two weeks into the season, that’s been a hit-and-miss proposition on both sides of the ball.

The offense has been sluggish and one-dimensional because of a nonexistent running game and missed opportunities in the passing game. After a promising defensive start in a 17-16 win at Denver, the defense reverted to old habits and got pushed around by the Bills in a 38-10 loss.

The point was clear: What might have been enough against a Broncos team still trying to find its way wasn’t nearly good enough against a much more talented Bills team.

“Some lessons are harder to learn than others,” coach Josh McDaniels said. “And we needed to learn them.”


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