Rookie wide receiver Henry Ruggs III of the Las Vegas Raiders finds himself in a franchise filled with great leadership from the front office all the way down to the practice squad members.
Let’s face it; it is never easy for a rookie to transition well from college to the NFL alone, especially with the expectations that come along after being selected in the first round of the NFL draft.
Luckily for him, the Raiders locker room is filled with great leadership, from Derek Carr, Rodney Hudson, to Darren Waller, and among others. Still, the Raiders first draftee in the new Las Vegas era has found a fellow veteran wide receiver to help him transition on and off the field.
To make things even more difficult, the 21-year-old came into a franchise that is also relocating to a new home in the desert.
Nelson Agholor, known as Nelly inside the Raiders locker room, has been a big brother to Ruggs since day one.
Ruggs has had an up-and-down season due to injuries, but when he’s on the field, we’ve seen how explosive he and the Raiders offense can be.
He torched the Chiefs secondary, coming away with a 72-yard touchdown, first in his career.
Thus far this season, he has tallied 13 receptions for 251 yards and one touchdown.
The young receiver is averaging 19.3 yards a catch, similar to Agholor’s 19.7 yards a catch.
A lot has changed since his playing days at Alabama; operating out of the huddle, hearing the calls verbally, and not using the signals all the time is something he’s been adjusting to.
Agholor and the rest of the coaching staff have been there to help him continue to work on his route running ability, creating separation not just with his speed and helping adapt to bringing the ball down with two feet inbounds.
Having that presence of a veteran receiver has only helped Ruggs develop from being a good player to becoming a great player in the NFL.
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