Derek Carr sees growth in Henry Ruggs' game: 'I think something clicked in his head'
Henry Ruggs’ debut season in the NFL didn’t go as well as the Raiders had hoped when they drafted the Alabama receiver with the 12th overall selection in the 2020 NFL Draft.
Ruggs finished his rookie season with just 26 catches for 452 yards and just two touchdowns, which was far from a disaster, but the lack of a true offseason program and a normal training camp was doomed to hurt some rookies, and that appears to have been the case with the young Raider receiver last season.
Now heading into his second season in the NFL, Las Vegas starting quarterback Derek Carr has high hopes for what Ruggs will accomplish on the field in 2021.
“Man, he’s been impressive,” Carr said of Ruggs according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “The way he’s running routes. He’s being violent in his cuts. I think something clicked in his head. Just like with everybody, you play a season in the NFL, you go back and watch the tape and you’re like, ‘Wow, I know what it takes now.’ And you either do it or you don’t. And he’s showing already that he said, ‘Nah, I’m going to do it.’ And it’s been so impressive.
“Even what he did last year, with no OTAs, was impressive. Maybe he didn’t have a breakout season, a 1,000-yard season, or anything like that. But things he did for us in certain moments, it was impressive. So now he knows the offense, he knows the quarterback, he knows who’s around him, all those things. He’s working with me after practice. I’m very excited for Henry. Now he’s gotta go do it.”
If you are looking for a breakout candidate this season in the NFL — or on your fantasy team — make sure Ruggs is on your radar heading into the 2021 season.