For the most part it's been a quiet week all around for former UB athletes. But, we were still able to round up some things from around the internet for you:
Not much to say on Khalil this week after his quarterback Derek Carr gave him praise and predicted that he'll reach the 30 sack mark this season. This week, teammate Bruce Irvin had some things to say about Mack.
"The Raiders will hope Irvin, who has 22 sacks in four NFL seasons, can take some pressure off young All-Pro Khalil Mack. Irvin commented that he feels the two will blend well together to improve the team's pass rush. "On the field, [Mack] is more power, and I'm more of a speed guy," Irvin said, per Gutierrez. 'I think we're a great complement to each other. I really expect us to do a lot of great things this year.'"
Our SBNation friends over at Bolts from the Blue are currently speculating about their running back situation and that leaving Branden Oliver as starting RB isn't the greatest idea.
"Branden Oliver and Danny Woodhead as starting RB's probably isn't a great idea.So who's available in Free Agency? Joique Bell, Arian Foster, and Joseph Randle are the only available RB's that ran for triple digits last season, and all of them are..well at this point, just "meh". So that leaves a trade. And I have an idea.
The trade I'm proposing, would have the Chargers sending Sean Lissemore to the Cowboys for Darren McFadden and a 7th round pick. The Cowboys arguably have the greater need and the Chargers would be sending them a starting quality player that has experience in Dallas already, so they include the extra pick along with McFadden."
There's good news this week for former UB offensive lineman John Kling and his endeavors with the Chicago Bears. The Bears have just waived Tayo Fabuluje and that only increases Kling's chances of being a backup offensive tackle.
"Fabuluje was a 6th round draft pick of general manager Ryan Pace's initial 2015 draft class. He only appeared in four games last year, and he was also suspended four games for violating the NFL's policy on performance enhancing substances. With Tayo gone, that leaves Jason Weaver, Martin Wallace, John Kling, Adrian Bellard and Nick Becton in battle to win a swing tackle job backing up expected starters Charles Leno Jr. (LT) and Bobby Massie (RT)."
Fansided's Jacob Sosler wrote a nice piece on Kristjan Sokoli this week and I recommend that you go and check it out. It doesn't have any info that's new to us except it really shows where he stands on the team and makes the argument that he's important to Seattle's future in terms of the OL.