Sunday, September 25, 2022

Ex-Raiders DB notifies Chandler Jones & Maxx Crosby

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One of the most hyped aspects of the Las Vegas Raiders heading into the 2022 season has been the pass rush. The hype died down quickly after the first two games. Chandler Jones and Maxx Crosby combined for 1.0 sacks. In fact, Crosby is the only player on the team who has a sack.

That dogged the Raiders in Week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals when quarterback Kyler Murray ran all over the field in the second half and led the team to a win. Bucky Brooks, former Raiders defenseman-turned-analyst, hasn’t been impressed with the Crosby-Jones duo so far, via Raiders.com:

Crosby received a $94 million contract this offseason, while Jones received $51 million. The Raiders paid them big bucks to complete games. Brooks brought this to the attention of the two and says they need to step up:

It’s easy to see that Crosby has 1.0 sack in two games and suggests he hasn’t made an impact, but that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case. He was the only defender who kept pushing. According to Pro Football Focus, Crosby is currently the third-most burden in the NFL at 12.

Crosby comes to quarterback, he just doesn’t get closure. Jones, on the other hand, looked like a shell of himself. In two games, he has only four pressings and is currently the 85th EDGE rusher in the NFL, according to the PFF. Jones has been a long-time Sack Master and could one day earn votes in the Hall of Fame, but he hasn’t shown the Raiders much of anything to start the season.

Luckily for Jones, the perfect matchup could be just around the corner for him to get back on track. While he was with the Cardinals last season, the team faced the Tennessee Titans in their opener. In that game, Jones had 5.0 sacks. It was one of the best performances by a defender last season.

However, he only had 5.5 more sacks over the next 16 games. He must hope to repeat last year’s success against the Titans on Sunday. If he has another dud from a game, the Raiders will have to worry about what they have in Jones.

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