How Did I Get Here?

As part of the NFL Rookie Symposium in Berea, Ohio, in June, Mack participated in a Play 60 event with Cleveland area youth. (Aaron Josefczyk/Getty Images)
As part of the NFL Rookie Symposium in Berea, Ohio, in June, Mack participated in a Play 60 event with Cleveland area youth. (Aaron Josefczyk/Getty Images)

10 THINGS I THINK I THINK

1. I think I’m at my best as a wild card on defense, being used at multiple spots on the field, as strange as that might sound. That’s what the team has laid out for me, and I think that will be a good thing. I like the idea of being the guy other teams have to look out for.

2. I think I’m still figuring out which pass-rush moves will be most effective in the NFL. I usually use a dip-and-rip off the edge, and it’s pretty effective, but at the same time I have been learning a lot from Tuck and Woodley since I got to Oakland. I have a long arm that I think will be effective as well. We’ll see when we get into pads. But I have to be careful what I say for my opponents who might read this.

3. I think Tuck makes rushing the passer look easy, and he’s helping me get there. He told me I need to work on using my hands off the edge, because if I don’t, I’m making it a lot harder for myself than it needs to be. That’s what I was working on from that day on, and I think it was helping. I’m going to try to meet up with him during the break before training camp to keep working.

4. I think I want to cover tight ends like Woodley does. He was telling me that he had success on tight ends by just bullying them. “Are you strong enough to bully them?” he asked me. I told him, “I’m strong enough to bully them.” He said instead of using finesse coverage, he just beats them up. I can do the same thing. 

The Jags aren't on the Raiders' 2014 schedule, so Mack will have to wait to get a shot at Blake Bortles. (Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
The Jags aren’t on the Raiders’ 2014 schedule, so Mack will have to wait to get a shot at Blake Bortles. (Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

5. I think I have a couple guys on my sack list: AFC West resident Peyton Manning, fellow Class of 2014 member Blake Bortles, and I’ve got to put Tom Brady on there. Brady is going to pass the ball more than 36 times a game, so that’s a lot of opportunities for me.

6. I think my biggest motivation is something my dad always told me, even back in elementary school and middle school: There is somebody out there working harder than you and trying to take what’s yours. In the NFL, that rings even more true. There are guys working every day to take your place and your role, so when your name is called, you’ve got to make the most of it.

7. I think my first impression of Oakland was, “Wow, the weather out here is nice.” It’s a lot different from where I was in Buffalo.

8. I think one of the games I’m most looking forward to is our trip to London in September to play the Dolphins. That’s going to be pretty unique. It will be my first time in England, and to be going there as an NFL player is a blessing.

9. I think as a rookie it’s important not to keep making the same mistakes. During OTAs and minicamp, I did whatever I could to avoid that. I’d come into the facility during my down time to watch film or work back at the hotel, trying to fix both the big things and the little things.

10. I think I need to memorize a song before training camp, just in case. There was a day when I had to take a physical right off the practice field, so I came into a meeting a little bit late. I started getting booed, and the guys had me walk to the front to sing a song, but I was nervous and I couldn’t think of one. I’m probably going to have to make up for that.

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number18
number18

Can you sez"GhostWriter"??

Shane Mac
Shane Mac

Looking forward to Rich Eisen taking over this column next week.  Wish it was a permanent change.

Knowitall
Knowitall

I'm sure we'll get the usual very concerned comments from Peter King on political matters when he returns from vacation.

He's covered guns, gay marriage, gay athletes, and the like. So I am sure he will weigh in on the disgraceful, tragic, dangerous conditions at the US border brought on by the President's refusal to enforce border protection, and his refusal tosend a strong message to Latin American countries dumping their indigent at our feet. I'm sure Peter is drafting that criticism right now. We can count on him to bring great objectivity to the political events of the day.

Raiderforlife
Raiderforlife

I don't think you should expect a major revelation for a guest writer sitting in for fat boy. This kid is going to be great for the Raiders I was so  happy they drafted him we got lucky  and he seems to enjoy being in Oakland, the past is the past Raider fans Mack is our future. I hope he pile drives Brady and Manning into the ground

WARaider
WARaider

This might be a tame article for some (not sure we need anything else controversial).  It speaks of his intelligence which is huge.  I can think of a few highly drafted knuckleheads that have set back the franchise considerably.  He definitely does not remind me of Rolando.  Getting fired up for this season.  Go Raiders

ProfessorGriff
ProfessorGriff

Khalil - from a fellow UB alum - good luck with your career - you're going to need all you can get up in Oakland. Wish you all the best

Buck2185
Buck2185

Kahlil, I hope you enjoyed writing this article for Peter, because it will be the last. You broke the cardinal rule and said you want to sack Peter's little Tommy Brady.

chiefsheath
chiefsheath

Blake Bortles is not in the AFC West.


SteveRowFla
SteveRowFla

Not one mention of the former FU QB/Preacher or the former Mizzou linebacker.  All in all a great column, with no social engineering!

ctg42
ctg42

Mack is the kind of kid everyone wants on their team. 

dennis
dennis

Another "I" - "me" story? Not interested, see ya.

Hello1813
Hello1813

Hope you have a good rookie season.  Thanks for your article.   As for the others criticizing the article, what do you expect him to write about.  He is just coming into the league and training camp hasn't even begun.

ruggerrick9
ruggerrick9

I appreciate what PK is trying to do here, but these player written articles often come off sounding like a "What I Did This Summer" report from an elementary school student.  

DavidCharles
DavidCharles

I am always amazed that guys who stand a good chance of being a bust (any high draft pick) are fawned over and  consulted about anything. This kid hasn't played a down. Who cares what he thinks?

Wombat
Wombat

Seems like a nice kid... article sounds a little like "What I did at Summer Camp", but nice...

rskins09
rskins09

Well written article ...Saw plenty of clips of  Khalil  via  Mike  Mayock  .. He had Khalil  #1  on his draft board ...From what I saw looks like Khalil is going to be a superstar in the NFL...How did all those Florida schools -Colleges-  let him get out of the state ....

OmahaOwl
OmahaOwl

What a racist right wing nutbag. You should be kicked out of America and sent back to whatever country your family immigrated here from. I love that the republicans have totally screwed themselves and wont get control of the white house for at least 14 more years. Stupid elephants.

MatthewEllingson
MatthewEllingson

@Knowitall How do you function on a day to day basis? Like, do you worry about some hypothetical political association the food you eat for lunch might have? Hmmm, peas are green, environmentalists like green things, therefore peas equal socialism! But that's probably not fair since you "Knowitall" and you already knew that peas are only two steps away from Communism. Ok, I'm just having fun with you, but do answer me this "Knowitall": could you write a comment so completely off topic that even you questioned why you wasted both yours and every single person who has had to accidentally lay eyes on your comment's time?

Mike26
Mike26

@Knowitall It's too late and I'm too tired for anything witty, so I'll be direct:  Stop your betching and read something else if you don't like it (or just skip that garbage).  Either way, SHUT UP!

number18
number18

@WARaider you Really think He actually wrote this article,yeah you probably do.

Buck2185
Buck2185

@dogpaws4x4 @Buck2185  So original and mature. I would have to climb down a few rungs on the ladder of life to even respond to that, therefore, nevermind and enjoy your basement....

eddie767
eddie767

@dennis it was supposed to be one. It's his intoduction/get to know him article. But then he did mention his teammates and learning from them, so it isn't a me-me story. Is it? 

Wombat
Wombat

@Hello1813 Not criticizing Mack... just lamenting the lack of substance to the article. 

usameos6
usameos6

@ruggerrick9 I think part of the problem is that players are mindful of getting ripped to shreds if they write anything controversial - so they likely go through their agents and attorneys to ensure there's nothing offensive to anyone in the articles they write.

ruggerrick9
ruggerrick9

@Wombat Sorry Wombat, I posted my comment before I read yours.  Great minds think alike, I suppose.

Wombat
Wombat

@OmahaOwl Ah ah ah! No name calling! That's such a declasse, left wing thing to do... and we would all be better off without the elephants OR the asses... I mean donkeys in office.

Knowitall
Knowitall

Whoa, there little Husker hooter. Stupid elephants? Now you have gone too far!

usameos6
usameos6

@MatthewEllingson @Knowitall Don't forget about the Monroe Doctrine - once peas go Communist, carrots, onions, broccoli and brussel sprouts are soon to follow as well. 

Buck2185
Buck2185

@Mike26 @Knowitall  Who are you to always be telling people what to do anyhow?? Btw, rocket Scientist, what is "Betching".....

Mike26
Mike26

@Buck2185 @dogpaws4x4 "So original and mature."   Believe me, you don't have to climb down ANY rungs to match 4x4's level.

ruggerrick9
ruggerrick9

@usameos6 @ruggerrick9 Then why bother?  No one is asking for anything controversial, just a little less obviously-written-by-someone-else would be nice.

Mike26
Mike26

@Buck2185 @Mike26 @Knowitall Just think Buck - in about 4-5 weeks your summer break will be over and you'll be back to your job as editor as City-Town Middle School Weekly Newsletter.  Then you won't have to worry about having to read my "drivel" and "orders".

Wombat
Wombat

@Buck2185 @Mike26 @Knowitall I am assuming that :betching is an attempt to avoid censorship in this forum. I've said it before and I'll say it again... If all you can complain about is a person's grammar or spelling then you have nothing to complain about. You sir have nothing to complain about.

Mike26
Mike26

@Wombat  I'd like to see you say that to Dwight Shrute's face!

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