Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs’ lack of production in his 2020 rookie season was well documented.
Ruggs, the No.12 draft pick and the first receiver caught in a receiver-rich draft, had just 26 catches and was extremely inconsistent and didn’t have much of an impact.
Ruggs is set to take a big step forward in 2021. However, PFF NFL analyst Sam Monson pointed out on Twitter that the Raiders share the blame for Ruggs’ poor rookie season as much as the player.
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Looks like the Raiders let him down as badly as he let them down.
They really stopped putting him in good positions as the year went on
– Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) June 30, 2021
It’s an interesting take. If you look at Ruggs’ goals last year, Monson’s claim carries weight. The Raiders seemed to forget about him at times during the season. He’s been targeted more than three times per game in just five games.
The Raiders seem to know they need to increase Ruggs’ presence. At the recent minicamp, Las Vegas coach Jon Gruden said the team needed to use Ruggs – who is one of the fastest players in the NFL – more than just a lure.
“We don’t want Ruggs to be just a threat,” Gruden said. “We would like him to be the target of many of these threats. So we’re trying to get him more and more involved in the pass attack, and so far it’s been fine.
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