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Raiders news: Henry Ruggs needs to save his disappointing rookie season


#Unless #Henry #Ruggs III has a monster game on #Sunday at the #Denver #Broncs, his rookie season will go down as a disappointment.

#Ruggs’ progression will be a major storyline of the 2021 training camp. #After another week of little or no production, #Las #Vegas #Raiders coach #Jon #Gruden was asked about #Ruggs’ lack of impact and he challenged the first wide receiver taken in the 2020 draft for a second time this season.

“Well #Ruggs has been sick for 10 days, he just showed up #Friday, #No. 1. #We didn’t even know if he was going to play,” #Gruden said #Monday.

“That had something to do with it. #Right now, just so we’re all on the same page, we’re targeting [Darren] #Waller. #We’ve doing a pretty good job of that. #We’re targeting #Nelson #Agholor because those are our top two guys. #And we’re targeting #Josh #Jacobs. #Ruggs has got to practice, stay with us longer and do more with his targets. #When he does, he’ll see the ball more.”

#It was an interesting response because #Gruden started his answer by protecting #Ruggs and pointing out his health issues, then adding the fact the #Raiders have other options. #But #Gruden finished, by saying #Ruggs has to do more.

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#Earlier in the season, #Gruden said #Ruggs —— the #No. 12 overall pick in the draft — had to earn more targets and do more with those targets.

#That is clearly the meat of the issue. The #Raiders want to see #Ruggs do more when targeted and create more targets himself.

#Ruggs, who missed two games early in the season and missed another game with the coronavirus, was targeted just twice in #Week 16 against the #Miami #Dolphins and he didn’t have a catch. #Ruggs has just 23 catches on 40 targets this season.

#He hasn’t been targeted more than five times in any game as a rookie and his highest game catch total is three. #It’s far from what the #Raiders expected.

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#Henry #Ruggs
#Photo by #Jim #McIsaac/Getty #Images

#However, #Ruggs has had his moments with big touchdown catches in wins over the #Kansas #City #Chiefs and the #New #York #Jets.

#But for the most part, he’s been a decoy. #Sure, there is a place for that in the offense, but the #Raiders need more from the highest selected receiver in a receiver-heavy draft.

#Getting #Ruggs involved more needs to be a focal point this week to help raise his confidence and the team’s confidence in him heading into 2021, because getting more from #Ruggs in his second season is paramount.

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