The Raiders did not make the playoffs this season, but it wasn’t for a lack of talent. They had several Pro Bowl selections, including three All-Pro players. But who is the most valuable player on the roster?
In a recent article by Seth Walder of ESPN, he ranked the top 100 most valuable players of the 2022 season. That list included several players for the Raiders, including Davante Adams, Kolton Miller and Josh Jacobs.
But the most valuable player on the Raiders was none other than Maxx Crosby, who is coming off the best season of his career. Here is what Walder had to say about the Pro Bowl pass rusher:
“What makes Crosby exceptional is high-level play against both the pass and the run. Crosby recorded 12.5 sacks off a 17% pass rush win rate (which ranked 17th at edge) while also recording a 33% run stop win rate (ranked second at edge).
Crosby also ranked second in the league and led all defensive linemen in plus-EPA, in which a defender receives EPA credit when they show up in the play-by-play on positive defensive plays.”
Crosby was ranked behind Myles Garrett, Nick Bosa, and Micah Parsons on the list of the most valuable pass rushers. While those three players all had slightly better seasons, Crosby is certainly in the same tier as them. He’s one of the most dominant and game-changing players in the entire NFL.