As an NFL rookie, there are a number of things that run through the mind of Oakland
Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack. The two most prominent things are getting his first career sack and getting better each and every week, according to Khalil Mack.
“It’s something that’s constantly on my mind,” Mack said of getting a sack. “All my teammates talk about it. It’ll come soon enough, but even then I’m working hard to get there.”
The only knock on Khail Mack's play this season is that he is without a sack. The 2014 first-round pick has done everything else the Raiders have asked of him. Mack is building a resume to be the NFL defensive rookie of the year. He is also gaining the respect of opponents. Cleveland Browns' quarterback Brian Hoyer had high praise for Mack after the game on Sunday.
"[Khalil Mack] gained the respect of everybody on our team," Hoyer said following the game. "That guy is one of the best players we've gone against this year, and that's a unanimous decision in the locker room."
Although the pass rush is a big part of the reason Oakland
drafted Mack, his effort in the run game is outstanding. Mack is thriving as a run defender with 43 tackles and a team-leading 10 tackles for loss. His Pro Football
Focus grade is off the charts good. He constantly dominated off the line of scrimmage in the run game against the Browns.
“Khalil Mack was outstanding,” Interim head coach Tony Sparano said. “I mean like really, really good. Again, he’s going to be measured in whether or not he sacks the quarterback, but I would just say that it’s been a long time since I’ve seen somebody do that in the run game. What he did yesterday in the run game to an opponent, this guy Khalil has just really dominated.”
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