Maxx Crosby
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The NFL finally stopped pretending its all-star game was an actual game, and is breathing life into the exhibition with Sunday’s Pro Bowl Games.
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — As Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby cleaned out his stall in a mostly empty locker room Monday, he knew that barring something highly unforeseen, he would be back.
Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Jarrett Stidham called getting the opportunity to start his first NFL game “a dream come true.”
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — The signs are starting to show that maybe end Maxx Crosby isn’t the only defensive lineman the Raiders can count on.
DENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos aren’t finding any answers in the locker room at halftime.

After wasting an 84-yard drive heading into the break Sunday when Maxx Crosby blocked a field-goal attempt one play after punching the ball from Melvin Gordon’s arms at the goal line, the Broncos went scoreless in the third quarter for the seventh time this season.
DENVER (AP) — Melvin Gordon’s butterfingers finally cost him not just his starting job in Denver but his roster spot altogether.
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — When the Las Vegas Raiders acquired Chandler Jones in March, the move was expected to relieve the pass-rushing stress from Maxx Crosby and force opposing offenses to pay attention to both defensive ends.
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — Las Vegas Raiders star defensive end Maxx Crosby looked as if he was in pursuit of a quarterback the way he sprinted out of the locker room with urgency on Wednesday at the team’s practice facility.
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — Maxx Crosby’s nickname is “Mad Maxx,” an apt description given his play since the defensive end was selected by the Raiders in the fourth round of the 2019 draft.

CAMP SITE: Henderson, Nevada

LAST YEAR: The Raiders survived a tumultuous season that featured the resignation of coach Jon Gruden and the release of receiver Henry Ruggs III to make the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
Washington Commanders coach Ron Rivera, who had cancer and made a full recovery, has been selected as the 2022 George Halas Award recipient by the Professional Football Writers of America.
As a first-time general manager, Dave Ziegler knows his tenure with the Las Vegas Raiders will be judged heavily on how well he handles the draft.
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LAST SEASON: The Raiders survived a tumultuous 2021 to make the playoffs for just the second time in 19 seasons.
The Las Vegas Raiders have overhauled their defensive line at the start of the free agency period by agreeing to a three-year deal with former Arizona edge rusher Chandler Jones and trading away Yannick Ngakoue to Indianapolis.
The Chargers’ Justin Herbert hit Baltimore’s Mark Andrews with two touchdown passes to leading the AFC to a 41-35 victory over the NFC in the return of the Pro Bowl.
Las Vegas Raiders interim coach Rich Bisaccia interviewed for the full-time job on Wednesday as owner Mark Davis searches for a coach and general manager to lead the franchise into the future.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — It seemed only fitting the Las Vegas Raiders needed every second of an overtime game to earn their first playoff berth since 2016, a microcosm of their roller coaster season.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Maxx Crosby wasn’t popular in high school, struggled with his focus while in college at Eastern Michigan and checked himself into rehab for alcoholism after a disappointing rookie season with the Las Vegas Raiders.
DENVER (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs see similarities in this year’s team to the one that won the Super Bowl two years ago.
DENVER (AP) — The Las Vegas Raiders were determined not to let Jon Gruden’s undoing lead to their own downfall.
DENVER (AP) — Jon Gruden’s red-faced resignation didn’t unravel the Las Vegas Raiders. It galvanized them.
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — It took some time, but the Las Vegas Raiders have finally become a bona fide threat on the defensive front since trading star linebacker Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears just nine days before the start of the 2018 season.

Sunday, 1 p.m. EDT, CBS

OPENING LINE: Steelers by 5 1/2, according to FanDuel SportsBook
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — Maxx Crosby remembers his father coaching him during pee wee football with one major rule: “Don’t be all bark, but no bite.”
The improvement the Las Vegas Raiders showed offensively in year three under Jon Gruden was negated by the lack of progress on defense.

New faces: DE Yannick Ngakoue, CB Casey Hayward, S Trevon Moehrig, RT Alex Leatherwood, defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, RB Kenyan Drake, DT Quinton Jefferson, CB Nate Hobbs, DT Solomon Thomas, LB Denzel Perryman.