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Raiders' Maxx Crosby looks ready to roll in offseason workout video

Raiders' Maxx Crosby looks ready to roll in offseason workout video

Maxx Crosby is on a mission. The defensive end proved to be an absolute steal in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, and he's making sure he isn't a one-hit wonder. 

Crosby, 22, is working out with defensive and offensive line specialist Brandon Jordan in Texas. On Saturday, Crosby gave a sneak peek into their training sessions, and they're no joke. 

After impressing as a rookie, Crosby has big plans for the Raiders to start off the Silver and Black's new era in Las Vegas. 

"Raider Nation, we are going to make some noise," Crosby said in an interview with UFC reporter "The Schmo" earlier this month. "We're gonna have an amazing season. Hopefully we can get everyone in the crowd so we can just take over this thing."

The Eastern Michigan product led the Raiders in sacks last season with 10. He also had 16 tackles for loss, 14 QB hits, four forced fumbles and four passes defensed in his first season as a pro. 

Numbers aside, Crosby knows the Raiders must beat Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs is they want to get back to the playoffs. He has a message for the Super Bowl champions, too.

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“You can do whatever you want,” Crosby recently told Bleacher Report's Adam Lefkoe. “Just know I’m coming, no doubt." 

From video of his offseason workout, it's clear Crosby is coming for the rest of AFC West and has his eyes on sacking Mahomes and every other quarterback he faces this upcoming season.

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Raiders rookie Henry Ruggs' insane one-handed catch shows potential

Raiders rookie Henry Ruggs' insane one-handed catch shows potential

It's no secret how fast Raiders rookie receiver Henry Ruggs is. With his 4.27 40-yard dash speed, he's in the end zone in the blink of an eye.

The Raiders were enamored with Ruggs' speed, and rightfully so. That certainly played a big role in the Silver and Black selecting the former Alabama receiver with the No. 11 pick in the 2020 NFL Draft. But it wasn't the only reason. 

Ruggs had some of the best hands in the draft, and he proved that with an insane one-handed grab for a touchdown early on in Raiders training camp. 

It's easy to see why the Raiders fell in love with Ruggs before the draft. He tallied 86 receptions for 1,487 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns his final two years for the Crimson Tide. Ruggs should have a big role in the offense, and the hope is he connects right away with quarterback Derek Carr. 

So far, so good. 

Ruggs should be used all over the field as a rookie, as the Raiders find ways to get the ball in his hands. And it appears he will start off in the slot. 

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“We’ll start with Ruggs III in the slot and do some things with Ruggs III," offensive coordinator Greg Olson said to reporters last week, via Raiders Wire. "But those guys (Ruggs and Bryan Edwards) are very multiple in what they can do and that’s the goal is to be able to move all of them around to different spots; the one, two or three position at the wide receiver.”

Whether it be on the inside or outside, Ruggs will play a big part in the Raiders' offense right away. His ridiculous one-handed grab was just another preview of what's to come.

Raiders could turn to rookie Javin White to fill need to linebacker

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Raiders could turn to rookie Javin White to fill need to linebacker

With every word that an NFL coach utters these days, it would be naive not to think there is a calculation factor to almost everything they say, especially when offering unsolicited insight into a specific player.

So it was worth noting that Raiders head coach Jon Gruden singled out UNLV rookie Javin White on Thursday when assessing the Raiders’ linebacker situation.

The rebuilt unit added two prominent veterans in free agency last March, and both Cory Littleton and Nick Kwiatkoski bring experience, proven production and much-needed pass coverage ability as three-down players.

But there is an open position alongside them at weakside linebacker, and with no clear-cut favorite to claim the job, Gruden and his defensive staff will spend the next three weeks assessing a handful of candidates before declaring a winner.

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