Maxx Crosby named finalist for NFL Defensive Player of the Year award

Jan 25, 2024, 9:34 AM

Jarrett Stidham #4 of the Denver Broncos is chased by Maxx Crosby #98 of the Las Vegas Raiders duri...

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JANUARY 07: Jarrett Stidham #4 of the Denver Broncos is chased by Maxx Crosby #98 of the Las Vegas Raiders during the third quarter at Allegiant Stadium on January 07, 2024 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ian Maule/Getty Images)

(Photo by Ian Maule/Getty Images)

The NFL continues to recognize Maxx Crosby and the season he put together last season.

On Thursday, the league and The Associated Press announced its finalists for their 2023 awards, with the Raiders defensive end among the nominees for the Defensive Player of the Year award. Crosby has already earned his third-straight Pro Bowl nomination earlier this year and was also named to the Second-Team All-Pro.

The NFL Honors Award ceremony will take place prior to Super Bowl XLVII in Las Vegas.

Maxx Crosby led the league with 23 tackles for a loss, his second year in a row leading the NFL in that category. The 26-year-old edge rusher finished the 2023 NFL season tied for fifth in the league for sacks (14.5) with a 92 defensive grade from Pro Football Focus, the fifth highest of all defensive players. Crosby led the Raiders in quarterback hits (31) and quarterback pressures (50), too.

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He faces some stiff competition though. Also up for the award are:

  • DaRon Bland, cornerback of the Dallas Cowboys
  • Myles Garrett, defensive end for the Cleveland Browns
  • Micah Parsons, linebacker of the Dallas Cowboys
  • T.J. Watt, linebacker for the Pittsburgh Steelers

Key offseason dates for Maxx Crosby and the Raiders

  • Sunday, Feb. 4th – Pro Bowl Games
  • Sunday, Feb. 11th – Super Bowl LVIII, Allegiant Stadium, Las Vegas
  • Tuesday, Feb. 20th – Teams can begin franchising players until Tuesday, March 5th
  • Tuesday, Feb. 27 – NFL Combine begins

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