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Jon Gruden on Maxx Crosby: ‘He leads our team in effort’

Third-year defensive end is showing (maxx) effort

NFL: Las Vegas Raiders Training Camp
Maxx Crosby
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A week into training camp and Maxx Crosby is doing Maxx Crosby things in the Southern Nevada desert.

On Tuesday, Las Vegas Raiders coach Jon Gruden heaped praise on the third-year defensive end for his leadership on the practice field by showing his teammates how to give a full effort throughout practice.

“He leads our team in effort. He does,” Gruden said. “You are talking about a guy that’s here in the offseason. I think he lived in the facility. My car is here, his car is here. I drive by the facility and his car is still here ...

“He’s incredible. He’s in incredible shape. He can go all day, and I tried to wear him out today with a fourth quarter pass rush in the last drill and he’s ready for the 15th round. He wants to keep fighting. I love him. I love the way he’s working, and guys look up to him.”

Really, Gruden’s description of Crosby shouldn’t surprise anyone. The 2019 fourth-round pick has became famous for his effort in his first two NFL seasons, in which has has recorded a total of 17 sacks.

Crosby was on the field nearly every play in 2020 and he never lacked effort. He ran from sideline to sideline on a regular basis despite needing surgery for two different injuries after the season.

Heading into his third season, it looks like Crosby is ready to play like his hair is on fire once again for the Silver and Black.