Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden raves about rookie wide receiver Henry Ruggs as he says he is a great kid who has a bit future ahead of him in the NFL. The Raiders wanted to select the quickest wide receiver in this year's NFL draft and they ended up taking Ruggs at No.
12. In his rookie season, Ruggs is expected to have a big role in Raiders' offense. "(Ruggs) is a great kid who has been brought up well, got a great family," Gruden said, per the team's website. "He's just a hardworking, no-nonsense, day-to-day, consistent grinder.
He's got a big future ahead of him I think, as long as we don't screw him up." Raiders No. 1 wide receiver Tyrell Williams suffered a season-ending injury but coach Gruden hopes Zay Jones can be a proper replacement for Williams.
Jones, who signed with the Raiders last year, has made improvements over the last year. "(Jones) has really done a great job of getting himself quicker, getting himself in premier shape and faster. His stamina is something I marvel at; he can run all day and he's a lot more confident," Gruden said.
Raiders coach Gruden has another weapon in Nelson Agholor
Agholor didn't enjoy a great 2019 campaign with the Philadelphia Eagles and he is hoping to prove the doubters wrong in his first season with the Raiders. "This is a beautiful opportunity for me to get a chance to play under a guy like Coach Gruden who has a background in coaching receivers, and I chose this opportunity to make myself a better player," Agholor said.
"I'm embracing any role that comes my way." Meanwhile, Raiders kicker Daniel Carlson is excited about kicking field goals at the brand new Allegiant Stadium. The Raiders relocated from Oakland to Las Vegas this offseason.
"Oakland was — from a kicker's perspective — definitely one of the tougher places to play," Carlson said. "The wind in the Bay Area mixed with that dirt. So, [Allegiant Stadium] is quite the opposite, considering we're going to have perfect conditions with the home games and stuff.
"Obviously with turf, you know exactly what you're getting every time with turf. It's not going to tear up or anything, or get muddy, or whatever it is. That's the benefit of turf, but well-kept grass, like we're going to have at Allegiant, it's classic and it's hard to beat."