Allen has high hopes for Khalil Mack

August, 19, 2014
Aug 19
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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Khalil Mack hasn’t been dominant yet in the preseason, however Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen is not one bit concerned about the No. 5 overall draft pick.

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There has been some grumbling that the outside linebacker hasn’t stood out. Still, Allen loves what he sees.

“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, who said he expects the Buffalo product to make an instant impact in the regular season.

“Yeah, he’s still a rookie and there are still a lot of things that he has to learn and every day is a new learning experience for him, but he’s continuing to get better. We’re going to increase his role and do some different things with him.”

Oakland defensive coordinator Jason Tarver said one of the things that excites him about Mack is he doesn’t make a lot of mental miscues.

“Khalil got better from Week 1 to Week 2,” Tarver said. “A lot was made that he didn’t hit the stat line, but he had solid edges, he worked with the guys well and we continued to give him more reps. I really like Khalil in that when he makes a mistake, he learns from it. He doesn’t like being wrong. He’s had very few major mental errors as we’ve gone through, which is going to create more opportunities for him to make plays. He works with the veterans well. So 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.”

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ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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