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Henry Ruggs III Being Disrespected by Odds to Win Offensive Rookie of the Year

Zach Brunner
Henry Ruggs III is being disrespected in the odds.
Henry Ruggs III is being disrespected in the odds. / Handout/Getty Images
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On paper, the 2020 NFL rookie class has the deepest crop of wide receivers possibly ever. There were many players that were selected on the second day that would have been day one talents almost any other year. This surplus of rookie talent will be fun to watch and very interesting when it comes to awards like Offensive Rookie of the Year.

One of the most explosive playmakers in the entire draft was Henry Ruggs III, a wide receiver out of Alabama selected by the Las Vegas Raiders. He could quickly become the featured weapon of the Jon Gruden offense. However, he is currently being disrespected in the odds to win Offensive Rookie of the Year, at only +1800 to take home the award, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

Not only is Ruggs being disrespected for this award, but his statistical projections are also low. His over/under for receiving yards and touchdowns are currently set at 740.5 yards and 4.5 TDs, respectively. He joins a Raiders offense that did not have a single wide receiver eclipse 700 yards last season, so there is less competition for targets than what many of the other rookies will be dealing with.

The top five in the odds to win Offensive Rookie of the Year, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, are Joe Burrow (+220), Clyde Edwards-Helaire (+500), Tua Tagovailoa (+750), Jonathan Taylor (+1000) and D'Andre Swift (+1100).

Ruggs is third among wide receivers, behind former teammate Jerry Jeudy (+1500) and CeeDee Lamb (+1500).

As the first wide receiver off the board in the 2020 NFL Draft, one would think Ruggs would be given a bit more respect.


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