Aug 15, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Khalil Mack (52) is congratulated by outside linebacker Sio Moore (55) after recording a sack against the Detroit Lions in the third quarter at Coliseum. The Raiders defeated the Lions 27-26. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Should the Raiders be worried about Khalil Mack?

During the NFL Draft, Khalil Mack was one of the most talked about players. The Raiders picked him up with the fifth pick and Mack was off to Oakland. Mack looked good in preseason but Coach Dennis Allen admitted to throwing a lot of things at him to see what he could handle. During camp he received comparisons to Denver’s Von Miller and Green Bay’s Clay Matthews.

Mack has a “quiet” preseason so far, as described by NFL writer Kevin Patra. He has only had two tackles in each game, including a sack. After two games, some people around the league are already worried about Mack’s potential in the NFL. His sack was against a third team offense.

Coach Allen is not one of those people. “I guess people are worried about it. I’m not worried about it. I think he’s going to be a really good player for us,” said Allen. “I think you saw a guy that is a rookie that was playing in his first game.”

“I think you saw a guy that is a rookie that was playing in his first game.”

Defensive Coordinator Jason Tarver also commented on Mack’s performance so far. “I’d say Khalil is right on pace with where we need him to be. He was better in the little things in coverage last week, definitely. There just wasn’t as much to his side of the field.”

It’s too early to start worrying about Khalil Mack. Though his performance has been a bit poor, he has a long road ahead of him. Though his sack was against a third team offense,he has gotten his first NFL sack out of the way. The feeling of , “what will my first sack feel like” jitters are now out of his system. He has learned what to look for and how to get past the offensive line.


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