Davante Adams reveals Jarrett Stidham earned his respect with his performance versus the San Francisco 49ers. Last Sunday, Stidham made his first start for the Las Vegas Raiders in a regular season game. In his Raiders debut, Stidham went 23-of-34 for 365 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions.
Stidham had several great moments against the 49ers but he threw a costly interception in overtime, after which the 49ers kicked a game-winning field goal to escape with a 37-34 win. “You gotta be a pretty tough guy to sit in there and take a hit like that.
Just to make sure you give it everything you got as far as exhausting all your options. I gotta lot of respect for the way he sees the game in that aspect because you saw that in preseason and you never know if it’s going to pan out like that when it’s real-life bullets when the season starts, but to see that, I was definitely impressed to know that he has that in his bag and that he’s tough enough to hold on there and make any play work," Adams said of Stidham, per Anthony Galaviz of the Fresne Bee.
Adams respects Stidham's game
Early last week, the Raiders announced their decision to bench and send home Derek Carr. After Carr was benched, the general expectation was that the Raiders would get crushed by the 49ers. Also, many expected Stidham to struggle since the 49ers' defense is one of the best in the league.
But Stidham came out playing fearless and determined to make a statement. In his first drive, Stidham orchestrated a touchdown drive. In the end, Stidham didn't manage to lead the Raiders to a win but it was still a very positive performance.
This Saturday, the Raiders are hosting the Kansas City Chiefs in their final game of the season. The Raiders have no chance of making the playoffs and it remains to be seen if Stidham can help his team finish their season with a win.