If you read our potential Pro-Bowlers article the first week of December, you saw this coming. On Monday, it became official. The Las Vegas Raiders will have three players playing in the 2022 Pro Bowl at home in Sin City.
Punter AJ Cole, DE Maxx Crosby, and LB Denzel Perryman will all make their first Pro Bowl appearances in February.
How We Got Here
Both Cole and Crosby are in their third seasons playing for the Raiders, while Perryman is in his first. This achievement will be long celebrated after the Raiders have gone through one of the most unprecedented seasons an NFL team has ever faced.
Cole leads the league in average yards per punt, propelling him to his first Pro Bowl selection. He has been one of the most reliable punters in the NFL, pinning his opponents inside the 20-yard line on 27 different occasions. He has shown he can show up and show out week after week and has helped continue the Raiders’ tradition of excelling on special teams.
Crosby has undeniably had the breakout year he worked so hard for. After overcoming his addiction and getting back on track, Crosby is now one of the league’s best defensive ends. Crosby was emotional when asked about his Pro Bowl selection after Monday’s win against the Browns.
“I was in rehab almost two years ago, and now I’m in a Pro Bowl,” Crosby said. “It’s just a blessing, man… I’m crying like a baby because I know I’ve worked so hard, and it’s starting to pay off.”
Crosby has a 91.0 overall grade on PFF, including an impressive 91.7 pass-rush grade. Week after week, he has QBs on high alert as he beats his man across from him. If this season is any indication of how Crosby’s career will go, the Raiders have found one of the cornerstones of their roster for years to come.
Denzel Perryman has also been one of the most important building blocks in turning around the Raiders’ defense this season. Perryman has 104 solo tackles, good for second in the league. If he hadn’t missed the Raiders’ Week 15 matchup, he may still be leading the league.
The Raiders added Perryman just weeks before the regular season after a trade with the Carolina Panthers. The Raiders sent a sixth-round pick for Perryman, a decision that has paid off all year for Las Vegas. After spending the previous six seasons with the Los Angeles Chargers, Perryman seems to have found his next long-term home within the AFC West.
The 2022 Pro Bowl will be held on Sunday, Feb. 6th in Las Vegas.
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