Ruggs (concussion) finished his rookie season with 26 catches for 452 yards and four touchdowns on 43 targets, starting 12 of his 13 games. Apart from the Week 17 contest in which he suffered a concussion, Ruggs played at least 54 percent of offensive snaps in every appearance. He burnt the Chiefs for 118 yards and a touchdown in his third NFL game, but then had just 79 receiving yards total over the next five contests. The first-round pick did make one of the most memorable plays of the 2020 campaign, torching the Jets in Week 13 for a go-ahead, 46-yard TD with five seconds remaining. Ruggs otherwise went unnoticed for much of the year, with TE Darren Waller being the Raiders' volume hog and WR Nelson Agholor emerging as the big-play threat. Ruggs didn't live up to his billing as the first wideout drafted in a deep class for the position, but he probably showed enough potential to enter 2021 training camp with a starting job. The spot across from him is the big question mark, with Agholor scheduled for free agency and Tyrell Williams (shoulder) a likely cap casualty. Fellow 2020 draft pick Bryan Edwards could also enter the mix for perimeter snaps, despite catching only 11 passes as a rookie.
Ruggs is being evaluated for a concussion and is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Broncos. Ruggs secured all three of his targets for 38 yards before leaving the field, but he also fumbled on his only carry. Bryan Edwards and Zay Jones will stand to handle increased roles if Ruggs can't return Sunday.
Ruggs took one carry for seven yards, but he failed to catch either of his two targets in Saturday's 26-25 loss to the Dolphins. Ruggs was ineffective as a receiver in his return from the reserve/COVID list, but he still managed to log his usual workload (44 offensive snaps) after missing Week 15. The pass-catching trio of Nelson Agholor, Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow combined for 301 yards and a score on 15 total receptions, so it's a shame Ruggs couldn't benefit from quarterback Derek Carr's 9.88 yards per attempt effort. Ruggs should now be able to participate in a full week of practice ahead of the Raiders' season finale in Denver.
Ruggs is listed as active Saturday against the Dolphins. The Raiders placed Ruggs on the reserve/COVID list Dec. 15, which kept him sidelined Week 15 versus the Chargers. When he was activated from the list Thursday, coach Jon Gruden told Jerry McDonald of The San Jose Mercury News that Ruggs subsequently "looked good" at Thursday's session but didn't speculate on his availability for Saturday. Ruggs is suiting up for Week 16, but it remains to be seen what kind of snap and target count he can expect.
Ruggs has come off the reserve/COVID-19 list, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports. Per Jerry McDonald of The San Jose Mercury News, Ruggs practiced Thursday and looked good, according to coach Jon Gruden. As a result, Ruggs could return to action Saturday against the Dolphins, but his status for the contest has yet to be confirmed by the team.
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