It’s safe to say that Las Vegas Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby is no longer flying under the radar across the NFL. After leading the league in pressures in 2021 and ranking third this past season, Crosby has become a back-to-back Pro Bowler and established himself as one of the top players at his position.
Pro Football Focus’ Jonathan Macri recently released a Top 25 ranking of edge defenders for 2022 and slotted Madd Maxx in the fourth spot. Below is what Macri had to say about Crosby.
Crosby was the only defensive lineman in the NFL who played more than 1,000 defensive snaps in 2022, and he did so at an incredibly high level, earning a 90.0-plus overall grade for the second consecutive season. Crosby dominated as a pass rusher, with 12.5 sacks (tied for eighth) and 81 pressures (third), and did the same against the run, with an 82.5 run-defense grade that ranked third among qualifying edge defenders. As a result, Crosby generated more wins above replacement (0.62) than any other player at his position.
Crosby recently said on the Bussin’ With the Boys podcast that part of his motivation heading into this season was that people didn’t show him the same respect or put him in the same category as Garrett or T.J. Watt of the Pittsburgh Steelers. Seeing as he’s only a few spots behind Garrett and Watt didn’t even make PFF’s list, it looks like he accomplished that goal.
In the same interview, the 2019 fourth-round pick said he was pissed off he didn’t earn an All-Pro bid this year. Bosa and Parsons received the first-team honors while Garrett and the Philadelphia Eagles’ Haason Reddick were the second-teamers. However, Reddick was No. 10 on PFF’s Top 25, so this is a little poetic justice for Crosby.
Hopefully, Crosby will be the top dog on every list at this time next year.
In other Raiders’ links:
- Derek Carr seeking a big pay day: ESPN’s Dianna Russini reported that the Raiders’ former quarterback is looking for $35 million or more on the open market.
- The case for Jalen Ramsey: the Rams are apparently willing to listen to offers for the veteran cornerback and the Raider Ramble makes the case for why the Silver and Black should get involved.
- Darren Waller confirms Tom Brady rumors: “I’ve heard it from multiple sources that I respect and I’ve been close to,” Waller said. “They’re like, ‘Yeah, Brady to the Raiders was a lock.’” Then-head coach Jon Gruden was the one who killed the deal in 2020, according to Dana White.
- Dave Ziegler not scheduled to speak at NFL Combine: head coach Josh McDaniels will be at the podium and the schedule is subject to change, though.