NFL rumors: Raiders' Henry Ruggs expected to be ready for training camp

Josh Schrock
NBC Sports BayArea

The Raiders' new-look offense should be all systems go by the time training camp rolls around.

Rookie wide receiver Henry Ruggs, who suffered a thigh injury during a moving accident last month, has received stitches in his thigh but suffered no muscular damage and should be 100 percent for camp, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday, citing sources.

The Raiders drafted Ruggs with the No. 12 pick in the first round, taking him above the likes of Jerry Jeudy and Cee Dee Lamb. Ruggs has blistering speed which should inject life into a Raiders' offense that was rather pedestrian in 2019.

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With 4.27 speed, Ruggs has the ability to alter the way defenses cover the Raiders' offense. Defenses will have to account for Ruggs' whereabouts on every snap, since he has the speed to turn a 5-yard slant into a 50-yard touchdown. That should, in theory, open things up for running back Josh Jacobs and tight end Darren Waller.

The Raiders had issues creating explosive plays in the passing game in 2019. With Antonio Brown going nuclear prior to Week 1 and Tyrell Williams' feet aching, quarterback Derek Carr was forced to rely on Waller and rookie receiver Hunter Renfrow to move the ball through the air.

The addition of Ruggs, as well as rookie receiver Bryan Edwards and running back/athlete Lynn Bowden Jr., should give the Raiders a dangerous arsenal capable of keeping pace in an improving AFC West. 

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The Raiders can exhale now that Ruggs has avoided serious injury and reportedly will be good to go for camp. The electric receiver is a big part of the Raiders' plans in 2020 and going forward.

If he is healthy, the Silver and Black could be looking at an exciting inaugural season in Las Vegas.

NFL rumors: Raiders' Henry Ruggs expected to be ready for training camp originally appeared on NBC Sports Bay Area


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