Raiders Yannick Ngakoue says he and Maxx Crosby will be ‘best duo’ pass rushers in NFL

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It’s hype season. And after just two days on the job in Las Vegas, Yannick Ngakoue sees great things from him and his bookend edge rusher Maxx Crosby.

“I think that Maxx and myself are the best duo that is going to come hit the scene. I’m already putting that out there,” Ngakoue said of Crosby.

“Maxx is a hard worker, he’s a guy that’s putting in the work. Literally, I’m lifting weights right now and Maxx is in there doing things to get better. It’s the dedication and the commitment and I can play all day with a guy like that.”

That’s a bold statement to be certain. It’s not impossible, but it would probably require both players have career years. Crosby’s best season was his rookie year in 2019 when he put up ten sacks. Ngakoue’s best season came in 2017 when he put up 12 sacks and went to the Pro Bowl.

New defensive coordinator Gus Bradley talks a lot about rotating guys into the game along the defensive line to keep them fresh. But it’s clear the bulk of the pass rush is expected to come from Ngakoue and Crosby.

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