Davante Adams Q&A: Las Vegas WR talks Derek Carr, Aaron Rodgers, pregame superstitions

For eight seasons, Davante Adams caught passes for the Green Bay Packers from one of the most talented humans to ever play quarterback in Aaron Rodgers.

Four games into his Las Vegas Raiders tenure, Adams says he hasn't skipped a beat. It helps that he and Raiders quarterback Derek Carr played together at Fresno State and have remained close since.

"It’s always good when you can be reunited with an old, good friend," Adams told USA TODAY Sports. "I wouldn't call it an old friend because we maintained (a friendship), still been able to spend a lot of time together, get our families together throughout the years.

"It’s been fun, just based off of that connection we have off the field. It helps us on the field, being able to be closer and understand each other. We obviously are both big students of the game and put a lot into our craft. It helps, being able to be close, in the conversations we have, whether it be on the practice field or the game field."


Carr, Adams and the rest of the starting offense eat breakfast together every day they are in the Raiders facility and review what they will install into the week's game plan during practice that day.

Adams said first-year head coach Josh McDaniels has created a collaborative environment in meetings to held Adams pick up the offense quicker.

"So it’s a pretty open floor, and a lot of time for us to communicate and get on the same page," said Adams, who has three touchdowns and 290 receiving yards on 26 catches.

Through his partnership with Tide, Adams spoke with USA TODAY Sports about a variety of topics, from locker room superstitions to the impact Rodgers left on him and what it's like to be one of the smoothest route-runners in the league.

Questions and answers have been edited and condensed for clarity. 

Davante Adams gains yardage during the Raiders' Week 4 win against the Broncos.
Davante Adams gains yardage during the Raiders' Week 4 win against the Broncos.

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USA TODAY: What has the adjustment changing teams been like?

Davante Adams: It’s been good. I’ve enjoyed getting to know a whole new team, basically, a whole new coaching staff. I’m still learning a few of the names as we go along, because right when I get here, I got a whole new playbook to learn, get adjusted with the scheme and everything. It’s never going to be easy. But it’s been as easy as it could be just based off the people that I’m dealing with day-to-day. So that’s made it really enjoyable.

USAT: Is that the hardest thing when you’re learning a new offense: the terminology?

DV: Yeah, this offense is pretty complex. Definitely the most complex system I’ve been a part of. You can’t just be anybody. You got to be tapped in, or you got to spend a lot of time anticipating – if you want to really know what you’re doing in this offense, at basically any position. A lot of moving pieces. But once you get really comfortable with it, and everybody knows their job and their role in the offense, it can be a pretty dangerous offense. So we just got to get to the point where we’re maximizing all of our opportunities.

USAT: The art of the release off the line of scrimmage. How much work do you put into that craft, and what is the most rewarding part of a good release?