While the Las Vegas Raiders’ 43-6 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday was a total disaster … overall, we may have seen a significant development.
Rookie wide receiver Henry Ruggs III was tied for most shots at his position with veteran Nelson Agholor at 42 shots. Slots catcher Hunter Renfrow was right behind them at 41 shots.
#Raidersoffensive count in week 12: Miller 63, Parker 63, Jackson 63, Hudson 63, Waller 61, Good 59, Carr 52, Ruggs 42, Agholor 42, Renfrow 41, Jacobs 38, Booker 22, Edwards 19, Witten 17, Jones 13, Ingold 11, Peterman 11, Moreau 8, Omameh 4, transporter 1
– Anthony Galaviz (@agalaviz_TheBee) November 30, 2020
Ruggs’ lack of involvement in the offense was an issue that lasted all season. The Raiders drafted the quick Alabama wide receiver with the No.12 overall pick and said he would be an important part of the offense and had been a starter from day one, although he missed two games due to injury.
Still, Ruggs hasn’t produced or been targeted much for most of the season. He entered last week as the 13th most targeted rookie wide receiver in the NFL. It’s pretty amazing considering he was the first receiver caught on this receiver rich project.
Ruggs, who has returned kicks the past two weeks with an injury to Jalen Richard, played 33 shots against Kansas City. Despite its heightened clichés, the Raiders still don’t make much use of the Ruggs.
Quarterback Derek Carr has gone to Ruggs twice earlier in Atlanta. He had a nice catch near the goal line on one and probably should have shot the other. He had three catches for 56 yards on five targets (tying his season high) in Atlanta.
For the season, Ruggs has 17 catches for 312 yards in nine games. He has been targeted 31 times. The fact that Ruggs gets more and more shots and targets, so the Raiders are determined to get him involved later.