Raiders DE Maxx Crosby “Subbed Eating For Drinking” Last Year

Maxx Crosby had somewhat of a disappointing season last year. He battled injuries much of the year, but it sounds like he had a little more going on than that.

According to NBC Sports’ Peter King, Crosby’s conditioning a year ago wasn’t where it needed to be entering the season – and it had a little to do with his sobriety.

“My money’s on Crosby to rebound a bit,” King write in Monday’s Football Morning in America column. “He had just seven sacks in 905 snaps last year after a 10-sack rookie year. Last year the admitted party boy gave up drinking, went into rehab and then a halfway house, and who knows? Maybe sobriety was more important than football last year; he admits when he cut the alcohol, he subbed eating for the drinking and wasn’t in top shape. This year, no one’s been in the facility more through the spring and summer, and he’s buff and excited about football again.”

“‘I want to be a Hall of Famer,’ Crosby told King. ‘Last year, no excuses, but my routine was just a little bit off the whole year. This year, once the Super Bowl ended, I had a full routine, including meal prep. I’ve been on a locked-in schedule since February.’ He looks it.”

Offenses were able to key on Crosby last year, but with the offseason addition of Yannick Ngakoue, Crosby should have plenty of help in terms of getting to the quarterback. Both players are under contract for two more years and playing for new deals after the 2022 season.

For what it’s worth, only three teams (Tennessee, Jacksonville, Cincinnati) had fewer sacks than the Raiders a year ago (21). That will need to change in 2021 for the Raiders to have any hope of sniffing the playoffs.

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