Henry Ruggs III
WR - LV
Week 3 Outlook
Henry Ruggs III saw seven targets on Sunday, catching five of them for 113 yards including a 61-yard TD that extended the Raiders' lead in the fourth quarter. He also had one carry for two yards.
Ruggs looked as explosive as ever in this one, showing off his elite speed with the 61-yard catch but also showing some elite route running at times in the game. The Raiders will continue to get Ruggs touches by any means, but he remains a boom-or-bust player until he sees a steady diet of 6-7 target games.
Henry Ruggs III caught two of his five targets for 46 yards on Monday night while also working kick return duties.
Ruggs figures to be a boom-or-bust player in 2021, as the Raiders simply continue to refuse giving him any looks aside from deep balls and a rare wide receiver screen. If the Raiders want to truly unlock Ruggs' potential, they need to start getting him in crossing routes that get him in space while still showing off his speed. Until that happens, Ruggs can't be trusted as anything more than a WR4/5.
Henry Ruggs III gained about 13 pounds this offseason. He made it a goal to get stronger in order to become a more physical player.
Just last month, Jon Gruden claimed Ruggs looked much better than last season and wanted to get him more involved this season. After being the first WR taken in the 2020 draft over CeeDee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy, and Justin Jefferson, the young wideout faces criticism after catching just 26 passes for 452 yards and two touchdowns on the season. Gaining 13 pounds to be more physical is something fantasy manager should be ecstatic to hear. A true post-hype sleeper, if the plan to get him the ball more comes to fruition he could win a lot of leagues.
Raiders HC Jon Gruden says WR Henry Ruggs looks much better than last season and wants to get him more involved.
Ruggs was the first WR taken in the 2020 draft over CeeDee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy, and Justin Jefferson. This was a very questionable move looking back at this pick. Ruggs only caught 26 passes for 452 yards and two touchdowns on the season. This is a positive report though, and hopefully he can be used more in the slot, where he excels. He could be a nice sleeper this season if they plan on getting him the ball more.
In a press conference on Thursday, Raiders GM Mike Mayock said "I think Henry has got to get better. We knew how fast he is, but he's got to get stronger and he's got to get in and out of his breaks better."
Ruggs had a pretty boom-bust start to his NFL career. There remains hope that Ruggs can develop into the elite speedster that all NFL teams desire. However, he'll need to produce on a more consistent basis to become an exciting asset in fantasy football.
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