Raiders’ Maxx Crosby and Chandler Jones fake Joey Bosa and Khalil Mack
Combining the numbers of Maxx Crosby and Chandler Jones to give the Raiders one of the most dynamic duos in the league.
It could also play a role in preparing the offense for a tough challenge in Sunday’s season opener against the Chargers at SoFi Stadium.
Crosby and Jones are quite comparable to the Chargers duo of Khalil Mack and Joey Bosa.
“Maxx and Chandler are unique pass throwers and they cause a lot of problems. Our tackles had their hands full this camp,” offensive coordinator Mick Lombardi said Thursday after a closed practice at the team’s Henderson facility.
As for Bosa and Mack, Lombardi said they were also elite passers that “obviously we have to be ready for. They do a lot of different things. They move around a lot…they rush over the edge. They play indoors. They use their hands.
They present the same kind of problems the offensive line had to deal with by blocking Crosby and Jones in the preseason. Now they will put into practice all the lessons they have learned while trying to give the rest of the attack enough time to operate and showcase their playmakers.
Lombardi believes in the plan the team has laid out, but recognizes that even the best plans can be torn apart by a defense as talented as the Chargers. specifically Mack and Bosa.
“Every time they go to the stadium teams try to take them and they are always able to get production one way or another,” he said.
“But if we do good to follow our rules and do our job, I can’t wait to see us playing against them.”
The Raiders had a clean injury report for the second straight day and are expected to have no players facing game day designations for Sunday’s opener.
Their opponents are not so lucky. Free agent’s prized cornerback JC Jackson once again missed practice on Thursday and may not be available on Sunday. He underwent minor ankle surgery in late August.
Tight end Donald Parham Jr. also missed a second straight practice with a hamstring injury, while rookie running back Isaiah Spiller went through a full session despite an ankle injury and is expected to play. .
Defensive coordinator Patrick Graham has heard the popular phrase “dawg mentality” used by some of his players, though he’s not sure exactly what it means.
“You have to understand there’s like a 20-year age difference, so I don’t know,” said the 43-year-old Yale alum.
The Urban Dictionary defines the popular internet phrase as “an internal drive, confidence, and aggression that resides in certain gamers who go the extra mile to play.” It can also mean never being satisfied and always chasing the next meal instead of waiting for it to be placed in your bowl.
Graham just hopes that means they feel like competing.
“The mentality I want them to have is to get better every day, to be good teammates and colleagues and to work hard,” he said. “That’s what I’m looking for. So what I want them to do and I think the ‘dawg mentality’ might have something to do with it is I want them to compete. And we have a room of guys who are ready to compete.