Davante Adams on Raiders not finishing games: ‘Break their necks when you have them in a corner’

Last Sunday, the Raiders collapsed in historic fashion. They gambled away a 20-point lead for the first time in franchise history. Their dominating 20-0 first half gave way to a 23-3 second half by the Cardinals and they unceremoniously lost in overtime.
It was the opposite of the season opener in Los Angeles, where the Raiders seemed to take a while to get things going and played better football in the second half. But in both cases it wasn't enough and they ended up on the losing side.
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In that first game, the Raiders were feeling pretty good despite losing to the Chargers. Mainly because of the stronger finish and because the Chargers are considered one of the best teams in the NFL this season.
But the second game...
The most outrageous aspect of that game was the lack of goals and catches for Davante Adams, who had just two catches for 12 yards and none in the second half when the wheels fell off completely.
It seemed like the Raiders got out of the half on cruise control. They became conservative and carefree and apparently thought they were done with it. They have not. And Adams, in particular, hopes to learn from it.
"You just have to ask it of yourself," Adams said of playing a full game. "Every player has to learn to step on the gas and, for lack of better words, break his neck when you have him in a corner like that. That's how I learned to play the game and that's how I hope this team will play the game.
"Part of it is keeping that mindset, never feeling comfortable with just thinking zero-zero. Especially at half-time you go in there – I know we come in this game and we're up at half-time, it's going to be a little different feeling.
"I'd like to think everyone had that feeling for the past week but obviously we didn't really portray it the way we went out there and played in the second half. You have to have it in your head and then go out there and see how you play.”
Adams had 10 catches for 141 yards and a touchdown in the season opener. His 17 goals were what you might expect given the investments they made in Adams hoping he could make the difference for them this season.
After the game I asked Adams if he expected such volume in his first game with his new team and he flat out said "absolutely" that's why they brought him here.
He's also said at times that he doesn't need to get the ball all the time. But spreading around the rock hinges on one important thing - winning football.
"There's all kinds and levels of frustration, especially after a game like this," Adams said. “Of course, the part of me that can't produce the way I expect it to is obviously frustrating. But for me it's not just that. For me it's the big picture. If Darren goes out there and has a monster game or Hunter has a monster game or the running game works and it's one of those games where we just smack it and smack it... it is what it is.
"I don't expect every game to be like that for me. So if I go out and have 20 yards or 50 yards or whatever, it's not about how the offense is looking. And if I can't be a factor in the game and it's looking bad, then I get frustrated with my productivity."
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