WR Henry Ruggs ranked by ESPN as potential breakout candidate

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If the Raiders want to make the playoffs during the 2021 season, their passing attack has to continue trending upwards. After losing their primary WR Nelson Agholor in free agency, it’ll be imperative for second-year WR Henry Ruggs to take that next step in his game.

According to early reports from camp, Ruggs looks like a completely different player that is ready to take that leap. According to a recent article by ESPN, they ranked Ruggs as a player that could potentially break out into a star player:

As the first wideout drafted in a historically deep 2020 class for receivers, Ruggs should have already made his imprint, no? Well, injury and ineffectiveness limited him to 26 catches for 452 yards and two touchdowns in 13 games as a rookie. Now, he has gained muscle without losing any of his speed and has, perhaps most importantly, gained the trust of QB Derek Carr. Expect more than the occasional deep ball, then, as well as slants and plays in space to let Ruggs create.

Last year the Raiders ranked 10th in points per game and 8th in total yards per game. If the Raiders can get more from Ruggs, who was the first wide receiver taken in the 2020 NFL Draft, the offense will be much more dangerous as it would feature a ton of star playmakers.

Darren Waller is one of the best tight ends in the NFL and his backup Foster Moreau is also ranked as a player who can become a top-10 tight end by the end of the year.

Receivers Hunter Renfrow, Bryan Edwards, and Willie Snead can all win in single coverage against any corner. But it’s Ruggs that can change the game on any given play with his big play ability. A mixture of Josh Jacobs and Kenyan Drake could also become a top duo in the NFL this season.

Ruggs will be a much better player in 2021 and with all the different playmakers on this roster, expect the second-year player to potentially lead this team in yards and touchdowns.

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