Posted: 8/06/2020 1:54 pm UTC
Las Vegas Raiders WR Henry Ruggs III will start in the slot, according to offensive coordinator Greg Olson. Ruggs played 218 snaps there over the last two seasons in college, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: The Raiders have four receivers for three spots, and Ruggs may share time with fellow rookie Bryan Edwards to get Hunter Renfroe on the field. Ruggs is a deep-threat WR4 that could vault to WR3 in camp.
Posted: 7/30/2020 7:37 pm UTC
Las Vegas Raiders WR Henry Ruggs III (thigh) said he has fully recovered from the thigh injury he suffered during the offseason.
Huddle Up: Ruggs likely will be one of the starting receivers for the Raiders this season and should be a deep threat for the team. He has a chance to be at least a No. 4 receiver in fantasy leagues and will be more valuable in keeper leagues.
Posted: 7/21/2020 4:21 pm UTC
Las Vegas Raiders WR Henry Ruggs III agreed to terms on his four-year rookie deal Tuesday, July 21. The contract is slotted, per the NFL's rules, and it is fully guaranteed for $16.67 million. Per NFL policy for first-round draft choices, the deal includes a team option for a fifth year.
Huddle Up: While rookie holdouts aren't really much of a thing these days, it's always nice to see a first-rounder come to terms on his deal's language. Ruggs will have to navigate an unprecedented offseason for a team moving to a new city, and there's already a steep learning curve for his position. His athleticism will win Ruggs a few plays per game, though, and his median value is that of a WR3 in most scoring formats.
Posted: 6/18/2020 2:50 pm UTC
Las Vegas Raiders first-round pick Henry Ruggs III is expected to start at the Z position, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Ruggs' thigh injury is expected to be healed well in advance of training camp. Ruggs has awesome size and speed, and he could very well be a WR3 in fantasy before the season kicks off.
Posted: 6/11/2020 9:01 pm UTC
Updating previous reports, Las Vegas Raiders WR Henry Ruggs III (thigh) needed stitches to repair the thigh injury he suffered last week but likely will be ready for training camp, according to a source. He did not suffer any muscular damage during the accident.
Huddle Up: Ruggs will have several weeks to recover before the start of camp, so he should be a full participate in the first practice. He should be the deep threat for the Raiders this upcoming season and could be a late round option in fantasy leagues.
Posted: 6/07/2020 12:49 pm UTC
Updating previous reports, Las Vegas Raiders WR Henry Ruggs III (thigh) is currently using crutches after sustaining a cut to his thigh while attempting to move items into a trailer, according to his father, Henry Ruggs Jr.
Huddle Up: Ruggs is expected to be fully recovered in time for training camp and has a good chance to see regular playing time in 2020. He should be available in the later rounds of fantasy football drafts but may not necessarily be a weekly starting option.
Posted: 6/01/2020 9:18 pm UTC
Updating a previous report, Las Vegas Raiders WR Henry Ruggs III (thigh) suffered an injury to his thigh during his off-field accident, according to his father. Ruggs said he is feeling good.
Huddle Up: Ruggs should be fine well before training camp and likely will be a starter as a rookie. Ruggs probably will be a later round pick in fantasy drafts and likely will not be a regular starting option.
Posted: 6/01/2020 9:05 pm UTC
Las Vegas Raiders WR Henry Ruggs III (undisclosed) suffered an undisclosed injury during a recent off-field accident. He suffered an apparent cut or puncture but should be fine.
Huddle Up: Ruggs will have several weeks to recover from the injury and should be ready for training camp. He was one of the fastest receivers in the 2020 NFL Draft and should be used as a deep threat with the Raiders. He likely will be rostered in all fantasy leagues but may not be a weekly starting option.
Posted: 4/29/2020 5:52 am UTC
Las Vegas Raiders general manager Mike Mayock said rookie WR Henry Ruggs III stood out due to his speed (4.27 seconds at NFL Combine), which was a distinguishing factor of choosing him in the first round of the NFL Draft over other highly touted prospects. Mayock added Ruggs III's explosion and work ethic were also part of the decision. 'When you're in the division we're in and you look at Kansas City and you look at what they have on offense and what their explosion looks like, we needed to get faster and we think that his addition opens up our entire offense,' Mayock said of the selection. 'He can run the deep routes. He also gets the manufactured touches, the bubble screens, the jet sweeps. I think if you force defenses to roll coverage, it opens up our run game.' Mayock went on to note that defenses respecting deep routes also opens up underneath routes for TE Darren Waller.
Huddle Up: Dangerous speed can definitely make a difference to an offense and the Raiders found that in Ruggs III. Will it translate to fantasy football success? Probably not immediately in a season with an altered offseason, but Ruggs III brings plenty to the table. Consider him a boom-or-bust WR5 during draft day; obviously his value is higher in dynasty formats.