Raiders rookie Maxx Crosby was named the AFC’s Defensive Player of the Week for his surpassing performance in Oakland’s 17-10 victory over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.
Crosby, a 6-foot-5, 255 pound edge rusher was selected in the fourth round (106th overall) in last spring’s NFL draft. He was a wrecking ball against the Bengals, becoming the fourth rookie in NFL history to have four sacks in one game, and forcing a fumble. Three of his sacks came in the fourth quarter.
Crosby now has 6.5 sacks, three forced fumbles and 28 tackles in 2019.
Raiders coach Jon Gruden was enthused about the big plays late in the game on the part of Crosby and fellow rookie Trayvon Mullen, who snagged his first NFL interception.
“It’s big,” Gruden said. “I mean success is a great confidence builder and when you can have success and win as a rookie in this league it goes a long way. Sometimes it takes two or three years for that to happen for a young player in particular. Some guys don’t get to play until their second or third season, but we are getting a lot of production. It’s been pretty well documented from our rookie class and we are going to continue to raise the bar for them and for Raiders fans out there we do have five of the top-90 picks next year. We plan on adding five more really good players next year, so that’s the exciting thing and it’s a credit to all the players and coaches, they’ve worked well together.”
The DPOTW award was a long time coming to the Raiders. The team’s most recent Defensive Player of the Week honoree was linebacker Bruce Irvin who had two sacks, three quarterback hits, six tackles (five solo) and a forced fumble in a 19-16 home win against the Chargers on Dec. 18, 2016.
Interestingly enough, that was the last time the Raiders made the postseason.
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