Several players for the Las Vegas Raiders made their respective debuts during Sunday’s NFL Pro Bowl, so how did they fare?
Yes, the Pro Bowl hasn’t been competitive for a while now, and this year was another example of that. With that said, that doesn’t mean it was entirely bad as the representatives for the Raiders still showed up and played (mostly).
The star rusher had the best outing of his Raider teammates. Maxx Crosby made his presence felt early, batting a pass in the air and nearly intercepting it. Crosby also collected a couple of sacks and deflected two more passes through the rest of the game. He finished second in tackles on the AFC team and won Defensive MVP. The award earned a donation to his charity, “Pits to Pets.” Crosby was happy with the accomplishment and let the crowd know, “I had to come out here and put on a show for the fans one last time.”
"I had to come out here and put on a show for the fans one last time."
— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) February 6, 2022
Coming off a 1,000-plus yard season, Hunter Renfrow made good use of his well-earned Pro Bowl appearance. The third-year receiver caught five passes for 43 yards. In the middle of the third quarter, Renfrow caught a touchdown pass in the back of the end zone from Mac Jones. It was a nice catch, as Renfrow had to lean quite a bit to secure it.
Denzel Perryman was on the wrong end of one of the game’s highlights. In the second quarter, Perryman wasn’t able to stop a pass from reaching Mike Evans in the end zone, which resulted in a touchdown. Some fans had fun with it, joking about his pass coverage. The Pro Bowl linebacker still showed a good sense of humor about the play, though, saying, “Lol I know, I know, only if I was taller.”
Lol i know i know, only if i was taller ðŸ˜‚
— Denzel Perryman (@D_Perryman52) February 6, 2022
Unfortunately, AJ Cole never got a chance to punt because the offense went for it on every fourth down. The only times Cole saw the field were when he had to be the placeholder during extra point attempts. Despite barely seeing the field, Cole still put his mark on the game by making up his own stat line during the game.
2 halftime hot dogs@AJCole90's Pro Bowl stat line is elite.
— NFL (@NFL) February 6, 2022
*Top Photo: Courtesy of Associated Press