Derek Carr had this to say about his rookie receiver: “Bryan is a very violent route runner and that’s a good thing. He’s very violent and aggressive in his cuts, in and out of his cuts. He’s someone…He reminds me of, when the ball is in the air, of Davante [Adams]. Great ball skills.” While the Bryan Edwards hype machine has been consistent in terms of his projected dynasty value, recent comments from Derek Carr and offensive coordinator Greg Olson suggest that he may be thrust into a larger rookie than expected. It is becoming clear that the Raiders, possibly at Derek Carr’s behest, will try to get Edwards onto the field as often as possible. He makes for an interesting late round flier at his current ADP as the 78th receiver off the board.
According to Las Vegas Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson, rookie wide receiver Henry Ruggs will start the season in the slot.
This is potentially value draining news for Hunter Renfrow, but is huge news for Henry Ruggs. Already a mismatch on the outside due to his blazing speed, Ruggs should absolutely terrorize defenses on his slot snaps. Ruggs is familiar with the slot, playing 218 snaps there in his final two seasons at Alabama, a number that could have been higher if he was not rotating snaps with three other first round talents at wideout. Ruggs will not be lining up exclusively in the slot, as Olson remarked that the goal is to be able to move ‘all of them around to different spots; the one, two or three position at the wide receiver’. This news is also a boost to Bryan Edwards’ fantasy value, as he is the receiver most likely to take outside snaps when Ruggs moves to the inside. Hunter Renfow, our 103rd ranked receiver prior to this news, is now more of an extremely deep best ball flier at best.
Hill only lasted a couple of days before getting cut, meaning he was likely only signed as an insurance policy for the running back room in this unique offseason. Hill could turn up as a veteran option somewhere else given the uncertainty surrounding this season, but he is unlikely to pay fantasy dividends as he has not played in the NFL since 2018 and is coming off a torn ACL.