Las Vegas Raiders: 15 best pass rushers of all-time

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Derrick Burgess, Raiders
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8. player. 28. . DE. (2005-08). Derrick Burgess

Best pash rushers in Las Vegas Raiders history: 8. Derrick Burgess

In the 2000s, the Raiders were bad. Between 2003 and 2010 the Raiders highest win total was five. If you extend that through the 2018 season, they only have one winning season.

Despite the horrible records the team produced, there were several players along the way that made the team even remotely watchable. Defensive end Derrick Burgess was one of those players.

From 2005 to 2008, Burgess was the anchor of the Raiders defensive line. After four rough seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles to start his NFL career, Burgess took advantage of his second chance in Oakland.

In his first two seasons with the Silver and Black, Burgess earned the only two Pro Bowl nominations of his career. A large part of his two nominations was his explosion as a pass rusher, tallying sack marks of 16 and 11 in those two seasons.

He finished his four-year stint in Oakland with 38.5 sacks, good enough for seventh all-time in Raiders franchise history. Burgess also had 39 tackles for loss and 38 quarterback hits. In only 56 games, that is a ridiculous stat line.

While not necessarily any fault of his, Burgess’ lack of team success while with the Raiders drops him in this ranking. Winning only 15 of the 64 games during his stay, the Raiders could not do much of anything correctly. Burgess was a bright spot during a dark time for the Raiders and deserves that recognition.