Henry Ruggs III finally had his breakout game and Las Vegas Raiders head coach Jon Gruden along with Derek Carr have been extremely excited about it now.
According to Gruden and Carr, Ruggs has barely scratched the surface.
“We didn’t bring him in here to run hitch routes,” Gruden said about Rugg’s breakout game in Week 5 of the 2020 NFL season. “He can really run and we got to be… I think better at getting him the ball in other areas because he’s a great route runner.”
“It’s a guy that you know can go get that thing and the separation he had on that was impressive, to say the least,” Carr said about his rookie wide receiver.
Ruggs was selected as the No. 12 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft as a Tyreek Hill-type of wide receiver, one that can burn opposing defenders on the deep ball.
Through the first four weeks, Ruggs had been underwhelming and riddled with injuries but he showed why the Raiders selected him as the first wide receiver.
It is very clear Ruggs has game-breaking speed but as Carr stated, his routes are extremely well run and underrated as witnessed against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Opposing defenders will so often be looking for the vertical route that Ruggs will be able to fool them with a double-move and get open for Carr and the Raiders.
As Carr and Ruggs continue to develop chemistry, his numbers should only improve and should be the most targeted receiver outside of Darren Waller.
While Waller controls the middle and defenses try to stop him, Josh Jacobs can run through their line and then set up a nice play-action pass from Carr to Ruggs.
The Raiders offense is just beginning to figure itself out but it could be scary for other teams once they start truly clicking and if they can stay healthy now.
The Raiders will have yet another chance to show off their scoring habits against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers following a much-needed bye week.