RUNAWAY RUGGS
Silver & Black Illustrated|November 2020
Rookie receiver doing damage downfield

Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock both specifically cited speedy Kansas City wide receiver Tyreek Hill as one of the main reasons they drafted Henry Ruggs III with the 12th overall pick in the draft.

It’s a fair comparison, all things considered, but one that Ruggs himself is uncomfortable with.

“I definitely admire Tyreek (but) I don’t really compare myself to anyone,” Ruggs said, shortly after the Raiders upset the Chiefs in Week 5. “I know I have a role in this offense. I came here to do what coach wants me to do.”

What the Raiders want Ruggs to do is exactly what he did against the Chiefs — stretch the field and force defenses to alter their scheme to account for him on every play.

The numbers suggest that plan is working just fine, at least when Ruggs is able to stay on the field.

Slowed by ankle and hamstring issues that forced him to miss two games (both losses), Ruggs has otherwise been everything as advertised. He played in three games (all wins) before the bye week and had six catches for 177 yards and a touchdown.

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