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Silver Minings: Reminder of Maxx Crosby’s brilliant 2021 season

Raiders’ pass-rusher was truly dominant on third downs

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AFC Wild Card Playoffs - Las Vegas Raiders v Cincinnati Bengals
Maxx Crosby
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Pass-rushers make their mark on third down.

Often, for offenses, third downs are passing downs, while trying to extend the drive. For defenses, of course, third downs are all about getting of the field.

So, edge rushers need to do their dirty work on the third down. And Las Vegas Raiders’ star pass-rusher Maxx Crosby went to work on third down in 2021. Check out these dominant stats by Pro Football Focus on Crosby’s play on third down:

Those are incredible numbers. It’s not surprising, though. Crosby was tremendous on basically every play he was on the field. His motor never stops and he makes an impact on virtually every play. These stats just reaffirm what a special player the Raiders have in Crosby.

Other Raiders links:

  • Mel’s mock: ESPN’s Mel Kiper has a two-round mock draft.
  • Super Bowl window: The Athletic looks at a critical three-year window for the Raiders after the Derek Carr extension.
  • Interesting words: New Raiders; safety Duron Harmon has thoughts on what Josh McDaniels wants to do in Las Vegas.