Category Archives: Khalil Mack

Stanley misses practice again, but Ravens won’t rule him out

Ravens rookie left tackle Ronnie Stanley did not practice all week due to a foot injury, but Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Friday that he won’t rule Stanley out of Sunday’s game vs. the Raiders. “I think he still has a chance for Sunday,” Harbaugh said. The Ravens are obviously hopeful that Stanley will be…

Jack Del Rio: Khalil Mack’s numbers will come

Rams coach Jeff Fisher said this week that defensive tackle Aaron Donald’s lack of sacks and modest overall numbers through the first three games are not reflective of the impact that Donald is having on opposing offenses. Fisher isn’t the only NFL coach who feels that way about a star defensive player. Raiders defensive end…

Raiders announce contract extension for G.M. Reggie McKenzie

Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie has collected some fine young talent with the likes of quarterback Derek Carr, receiver Amari Cooper and defensive end Khalil Mack. Now McKenzie has been rewarded for that. The Raiders have announced that McKenzie has signed a four-year contract extension and is now under contract through the 2021 draft. “Reggie’s…

Jack Del Rio: I don’t spend any time on hype

It’s been hard to miss the optimistic buzz that’s built around the Raiders this offseason as there’s been no shortage of people predicting a winning season in Oakland for the first time since 2002. Raiders coach Jack Del Rio has heard that chatter, but says he isn’t letting it seep into his thinking. Del Rio…

Bruce Irvin has high praise for Khalil Mack

The Raiders spent big back in March and are thinking big as the 2016 season approaches. Bruce Irvin, one of the team’s new acquisitions, hasn’t been shy in talking about the team’s goals, and Irvin told the team’s official website he’s very much looking forward to playing opposite a “beast” in All-Pro pass rusher Khalil…

Malcolm Smith says Raiders have increased their football IQ

The Raiders were active in free agency this offseason and the additions of players like linebacker Bruce Irvin, guard Kelechi Osemele and cornerback Sean Smith promise a higher level of talent across the roster than they had last season. For linebacker Malcolm Smith, that talent is just part of the reason to have higher expectations about…

Jack Del Rio: DJ Hayden can redefine himself this year

The needle has been pointing up for the Raiders this offseason after they added several free agents to a developing roster built around young players like Khalil Mack, Amari Cooper and Derek Carr. Cornerback DJ Hayden joins Mack and Cooper as recent first-round picks in Oakland, but not on most lists of reasons to feel optimistic…

Khalil Mack: Our defense can be as good as Broncos “if we max out”

The Raiders signed several veteran defensive players in free agency and they picked defensive players in each of the first three rounds of the draft, continuing the process of remaking a unit that showed signs of moving in the right direction last season. One of the drivers of that change has been defensive end Khalil…

Report: Some teams think Raiders 2nd rounder Jihad Ward needs knee scope

The Raiders took Illinois defensive tackle Jihad Ward with the 44th overall pick of the draft on Friday night, adding to a defense that they’ve been building up over the last few years through free agency and the draft. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, some teams were concerned about the health of Ward’s knee…

Raiders grab West Virginia safety Karl Joseph with 14th pick

With the retirement of Charles Woodson, the Oakland Raiders were in need of some additional help in the secondary. They found it in West Virginia safety Karl Joseph, selecting him with the 14th pick in the draft. Joseph will join Nate Allen and Reggie Nelson in the back of the Raiders defense. Allen appeared in…

Reggie McKenzie feels more pressure for this year’s draft

The Raiders have added players like linebacker Khalil Mack, quarterback Derek Carr and wide receiver Amari Cooper in the last two drafts and they were major players in free agency this offseason, leaving the team with a roster that many think is capable of bringing them their first winning season since 2002. The team building…

Derek Carr: 7-9 isn’t going to cut it

The Raiders saw the impact of drafting players like linebacker Khalil Mack, quarterback Derek Carr and wide receiver Amari Cooper last season when they went from winning seven games over to seasons to a 7-9 record. It was a big step forward for the organization that left a foundation that the team has buttressed through…

Bruce Irvin: I haven’t even scratched the surface of what I can do

Bruce Irvin started 37 games at linebacker for the Seahawks over the last three seasons, making him a key part of the league’s stingiest defense and helping him build a profile that turned into a four-year, $37 million contract with the Raiders as a free agent. While the Irvin-Seahawks partnership was positive from team and…

As to cap space, the minimum means as much the maximum

The billion-dollar breathlessness already has begun regarding 2016 league year, which will feature unprecedented amounts of cap space and, presumably, unprecedented spending. Maybe it will, maybe it won’t. The salary cap represents the most a team can spend. In any given year, teams can spend less, if they want. For 2011 and 2012, all teams…

Welcome to the (largely replacement) Pro Bowl

Sunday’s Pro Bowl features the best of the NFL’s best. Unless it doesn’t. While some degree of attrition is expected, the current rate is kind of ridiculous. Of the 86 players initially named to the game, we’re already at 33 replacements and counting. A total of 14 players left because they’re involved in the Super Bowl…