Henry Ruggs Gives Brutally Honest Assessment of Rookie Season

Isaiah De Los Santos
Los Vegas Raiders rookie wide receiver Henry Ruggs highlighted where he struggled in 2020.
Los Vegas Raiders rookie wide receiver Henry Ruggs highlighted where he struggled in 2020. / Jim McIsaac/Getty Images
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Henry Ruggs III was an exciting pick for the Las Vegas Raiders at No. 12 in the 2020 NFL Draft given his game-breaking speed. However, his selection as the first WR off the board now looks like a reach, given how other members of his draft class outperformed him in their rookie seasons.

Following criticism of the team's rookies by GM Mike Mayock, Ruggs took responsibility for a poor showing in his first year.

It's good that Ruggs isn't satisfied with how he performed in 2020, which signals he'll be focused on improving his numbers next season. Knowing that he didn't exactly live up to his high first-round selection is the first step in getting better this offseason.

Ruggs' production as a rookie left a lot to be desired, with the wideout hauling in just 26 receptions for 452 yards and 2 TDs.

His impressive 17.4 yards per reception shows off his incredible speed, but his low catch total indicates that he needs to get better at getting open. It's one thing to have speed, but it's another to be an elite route runner who can create separation at will.

On a Raider team that ranked seventh in passing yards per game, Ruggs should be a bigger part of their success. He'll hopefully rebound in 2021 and prove he was worth his high draft selection.


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