Davante Adams ‘happy to get a win’ against former Packers teammate

Paul Gutierrezespn staff writerOct 10, 2023, 02:21 am ETread 3 minutes

LAS VEGAS – Davante Adams was feeling pain in his injured right shoulder after the Las Vegas Raiders beat the Green Bay Packers 17-13 on Monday night.

But it would have been much worse if Adams, who needed help removing his shoulder pads in the locker room, and his new team had not been able to defeat his old team.

“It was good,” he said about facing Green Bay, which drafted him in 2014 and traded him to Las Vegas in 2022.

“I wish I could have sent them off with a few more plays, but at the end of the day, we beat them. No one can make up a crazy story like this anymore and talk about how not to leave me “We needed it and all these things were in store if we didn’t win. So, it’s great to get a win over them today. We just want to beat everybody.”

Adams suffered the injury last week at the Los Angeles Chargers when cornerback Michael Davis tackled him on a simulated turnover at SoFi Stadium. Adams returned to the game but missed two days of practice last week, before being a limited participant on Saturday and being listed as questionable for “Monday Night Football.”

Adams had only one catch for 12 yards, on one target, in the first half against the Packers. But he came alive in the third quarter with three receptions in four plays — for 21, 5 and 7 yards — to help set up Josh Jacobs’ 2-yard touchdown run on a slant pass. The fourth which proved to be the winning score.

“We’ve just got to find a way to execute,” said Adams, who finished with four catches for 45 yards. “A call came for me and then I went and won the match, and it was basically that simple.”

Adams connected with linebacker Preston Smith on a 21-yard pickup.

“Yeah, that happened a lot of times when DeVante was playing for us: You put a receiver in the slot – you get a ‘penny’ or a big five on the field, and a lot of times the ‘backer has to walk and you’re in the quarter. Playing coverage and that’s what happens,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said. “Whether it’s right or wrong, it’s obviously not the most beneficial for us, so whether we can get the check and get out of that look for us, but credit to them. They planned it, They knew what to do when we put that personnel in the game, and I remember games when we did that with teams.

“That happens sometimes, but obviously I want a better answer than that.”

Still, Adams acknowledged the relationships he built on the other side of the ball.

“It was hard not being friends with some of those guys because I’m used to being on the same side of the field with them,” Adams said. “There was a lot of respect on both sides. So, it was good to see them, it was good to chop it up before and after. And like I said, still glad we beat them, but it was good to see them guys.”

And as far as his shoulder soreness is concerned, he faces a shortened week with the New England Patriots on Sunday in Las Vegas?

“Not great, but good enough to get through,” Adams said. “It’s better than a week ago.

“I’m going to play. But, I mean, it’s going to take time to heal, but I’ll be there.”

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