A decent feature about Branden Oliver on ESPN.
The Raiders are looking for more from Khalil Mack this season.
Oakland Raiders RUMORS: Jack Del Rio Letting Khalil Mack Rush The Passer More in 2015 : Sports
People around the Oakland Raiders facility are expecting a breakout season for second-year linebacker Khalil Mack. That's not to say that the 2014 No. 4 overall pick disappointed in his rookie year. Far from it. But the young defensive stud has yet to even approach his ceiling as an impact player. The new coaching staff in Oakland is hoping to transform him into that kind of difference maker by allowing him to rush the passer much more frequently than he did last year.
Mack was a borderline pro bowler last season so "asking more" is very relative here. Clearly sacks are the sex defensive stat and Mack's numbers were modest last year but behind the numbers he was amazing at disrupting the pocket.
Sokoli's status as the first Albanian Born NFL player continues to generate way more publicity than I would have expected.
Interview with Seattle Seahawks Offensive Lineman, Kristjan Sokoli - Dielli | The Sun
The Pan-Albanian Federation of America, VATRA, Washington DC branch, sat down with newly drafted NFL offensive lineman Kristjan Sokoli for an exclusive interview. The Albanian-born New Jersey Native talks about his initial contact with the sport, his upbringing and his family support. The 300-pound powerhouse is a man of integrity; he has a great career ahead of him and a jovial personality to go along with it.
This could be a very big year for Starks. It seems that Green Bay lost their number three back so the commitee of Lacy and Starks should be carrying even more of the workload.
Countdown to camp: No. 3 running back must emerge
Eddie Lacy and James Starks combined for 1,472 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns in 2014. That’s a slight drop from their collective production the prior year (1,671 yards and 14 TDs) when they were relied on more during quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ injury absence. It’s not about the statistics, though, as much as being a reliable, legitimate offensive threat, and Lacy and Starks have the Packers’ ground game in the best shape it’s been with Rodgers under center.
Means is fighting an uphill battle to land a spot. The former UB defensive end is being transitioned to an outside linebacker spot and had a very good OTA session with the Ravens this year.
Means made a favorable impression during OTAs—so much so that Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome singled Means out as someone who could get some snaps to rest Terrell Suggs and Elvis Dumervil at outside linebacker.