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LAS VEGAS – While Patrick Graham joins the Las Vegas Raiders as their new defensive coordinator, he’s not an unknown item for Raiders Pro Bowls defensive end Maxx Crosby. The two met on Crosby’s pre-draft visit with the Miami Dolphins in 2019, when Graham was the Dolphins’ defensive coordinator.
“We had a good talk,” Crosby said of the visit, which came before the Raiders drafted him in the fourth round, 106th overall, out of Eastern Michigan.
“So once he was hired [by the Raiders Friday night]20 minutes after I found out, he called me. He had nothing but positive things to say and I look forward to working with him. “
Graham spent the last two seasons with the New York Giants as their assistant head coach / defensive coordinator, assuring Crosby that no matter what plan he brings to Las Vegas, he will fit the first-time Pro Bowler.
“I’ve been a 4-3 [alignment] guy since high school, “Crosby said.” I want to be able to play 6-[technique] and 9-tech and Coach Graham, the first thing he said was, ‘Stop hearing all that noise about 3-4, 4-3. We want to put you in the right position. ‘
“And that’s all it comes down to is just trust, and of course he wants me to succeed and help the team in any way he can. So that’s what I plan to do – just keep going. go on the right track in my career. “
Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowl receiver CeeDee Lamb, meanwhile, gave a quick scout report on Graham’s defense.
“They show a lot of different coverage, I have to tell you that,” said Lamb, who has caught 23 passes on 301 yards and a touchdown in four career games against the Giants.
“Boys, you can see he’s forcing to be relentless.”
New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones had a similar report about new Raiders coach Josh McDaniels feeding him from the No. 15 overall in last year’s draft to rookie Pro Bowler.
“As a young player, he’s been around a lot of football and he just told me all the little ins and outs about the game, which always helps,” Jones said. “He is a good mentor to me and of course taught me a lot about the game of football. Not only the offensive but also the defense and also made me a better person.
“Josh is a great offensive mind and he does a great job of training everyone, from the linemen to the talented players. He deserves a job and he wants to do a great job and I’m really happy for him and his family.”