They are no longer roommates, but the Raiders’ Henry Ruggs III and the Eagles’ DeVonta Smith do the same thing most nights that they did in college at Alabama. They play NBA 2K and talk about their days while they play the video game.
Sunday’s game — where the two receivers will go head to head for the first time when the Raiders host the Eagles in Las Vegas — hasn’t really come up.
Except for one thing.
“Oh yeah, I already told him, the little bunch formation where he runs the post …,” Smith said Thursday. “If I see him in a bunch formation, I’m hollering. I told him he’s not scoring on it this week.”
Smith also told Eagles cornerback Darius Slay, who said he was already on it.
“He can tell anybody whatever he wants,” Ruggs said in a phone interview Friday. “We’ll see what happens on Sunday.”
The two talk pretty much every day. They are also on a group chat with former Alabama receivers Jerry Jeudy (now with the Broncos) and Jaylen Waddle (Dolphins).
“Oh yeah, that’s every day,” Smith said. “We talk every day. Football, non-football. Every day we talk.”
They have a lot to talk about. Ruggs leads the NFL with 22.3 yards per catch and is 16th with 445 yards on 20 catches. Smith, last year’s Heisman Trophy winner, leads the Eagles in receptions (27) and receiving yards (345). His catches are the second-most by an NFL rookie receiver, trailing Waddle’s 37.