Las Vegas Raiders superstar wide receiver Davante Adams didn’t mince words when discussing the team’s struggles on Sunday.
The Raiders’ highly disappointing 2022 season hit a new low on Sunday evening. They fell 25-20 to an Indianapolis Colts team that was led by interim head coach Jeff Saturday, whose hiring made headlines because of the fact he has zero NFL or collegiate coaching experience.
With the loss, the Las Vegas now sits at 2-7. They have already matched last season’s loss total, and among all other 31 teams, only the Houston Texans (1-7-1) have a worse record than the Raiders.
Per The Athletic’s Vic Tafur, Adams didn’t hold back in criticizing his team after the latest disheartening loss:
“Just don’t have enough guys that are fully bought in. I don’t think people are like, you know, ‘F what (McDaniels) is talking about’ or ‘I’m going against the grain.’ It’s just a matter of executing when it’s time…It means playing a complete game, every minute of the game, giving it everything you’ve got…It’s doing your job and making the plays when you’re called on and get the opportunities, and we just don’t do that at a high enough level right now.”
Coming off their first playoff appearance since 2016, the Raiders entered 2022 with even higher expectations thanks to the acquisitions of two perennial Pro Bowlers in Adams and pass rusher Chandler Jones.
But somehow, the Raiders have gotten worse despite the marquee additions. Adams has certainly done his part, having racked up 57 receptions for 784 yards and eight touchdowns through the Raiders’ first nine games.
Adams was acquired by the Raiders in a blockbuster trade with the Green Bay Packers in exchange for 2022 first and second-round draft picks. The Raiders picked up Jones in free agency, landing him on a three-year deal worth $51 million.
Not that the Adams trade has benefited the Packers. Aaron Rodgers has greatly struggled without his longtime go-to receiver, and the Packers just snapped a five-game losing skid on Sunday.
Coming off their third straight loss, the Raiders will next meet another slumping team in the Denver Broncos, who have been a giant disappointment themselves in 2022. If the Raiders win, the two clubs will be in a two-way tie for dead-last in the AFC West at 3-7.