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  The Las Vegas Raiders have straight-from-the-factory parts to follow the Alabama blueprint for offensive success. The Raiders used a first-round draft choice on Alabama running back Josh Jacobs last year, and he became the first rookie in franchise history with 1,000 rushing yards in the 2019 season. Las Vegas used another first-round draft choice on Alabama wide receiver Henry Ruggs III on Thursday night, and the fastest player at this year's NFL Scouting Combine could be the key to even more success for Jacobs in 2020. "I think having balance on offense is always really important," Alabama coach Nick Saban told the Raiders' official website, "and I know that's something that the Raiders probably believe in and how (coach) Jon (Gruden)'s trying to build his program.

"You know, all the great running backs we had here, we always had a great receiver that sort of went with them. When Julio Jones was here, Mark Ingram was the tailback, and you can go through the years and just try to map that out, and it always works that way. And I think they complement one another because if you really want to stop the run you want to put an extra guy in the box all the time, so you've got to play single-high coverage, which leaves one-on-one coverage outside. If you want to stop outside people, you want to play more split-safety coverages, which now you don't have an extra guy in the box, so it's easier to run the ball. I think having guys like that to complement one another is probably the beginning of really developing a very effective offense." - Birmingham News

(DS#3 WR) Jr/2020 WR *Henry Ruggs IIIAlabama
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