ESPN Senior Writer Tim Keown on Adams’ Personal & Professional Path to the Las Vegas Raiders
Written Story Now Available Across ESPN’s Digital Platforms; Video Debuts Sept. 11 on Sunday NFL Countdown
The latest ESPN Cover Story featuring new Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver and five-time Pro Bowler Davante Adams debuts today across the network’s digital and social platforms and will make its linear Sunday NFL Countdown debut on Sunday, Sept. 11. ESPN Cover Story is the sports fan’s monthly ticket to the biggest stories on the most captivating athletes – told with inside access, bold reporting and unforgettable visuals.
Adams can recite the name and draft position of every wide receiver that was chosen before him in the 2014 NFL Draft. Obsessiveness and unrelenting competitiveness have made him one of the best receivers in the NFL since then. After eight seasons with Green Bay, the fourth-leading receiver in Packers history, a first-team All-Pro in each of the past two seasons, a 29-year-old, still-in-his-prime superstar with 47 touchdowns in his last 57 games became the biggest star to change teams this past offseason.
The March trade that sent him to the Raiders can be traced to the on-field chemistry and off-field friendship between Adams and Raiders quarterback Derek Carr that began in college as soon as Adams showed up on the Fresno State campus. Adams was a red-shirt freshman, and over the course of his two seasons in Fresno they combined for 38 touchdowns and more than 3,000 yards.
As professionals, after both were drafted in the second round, they lived near each other in the San Francisco Bay area during the offseason. Now, after a vigorous ongoing recruiting campaign by Carr that led to the seismic trade – the duo attempt to navigate the Raiders through the roiling waters of this NFL season.
For this ESPN Cover Story, senior writer Tim Keown talks with Adams about his personal and professional path to the Raiders, the role his family played in the decision, his competitive strategy and approach on the field and a white-water rafting trip that solidified the unique bond between him and Carr.
The ESPN Cover Story: Davante Adams video feature will debut on Sunday NFL Countdown on Sept. 11, along with a full digital package on the ESPN App and original storytelling across social.
More information on ESPN Cover Story can be found here.
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