Five Oakland Raiders who must step up with Aldon Smith gone

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November 1, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack (52) tackles New York Jets running back Chris Ivory (33) during the first quarter at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

In closing, it will not be easy replacing a talent like Aldon Smith. The entire Raiders defense will need to improve.

However, the Raiders must do so to continue their trend towards respectability. These five players should see their roles expand in Smith’s absence.

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