The Oakland Raiders are one of seven NFL teams worth less than $1 billion in Forbes Magazine’s annual NFL financial value rankings.

According to the magazine, the Raiders are worth $970 million. There are four NFL teams ranked less. But $970 million? Sounds pretty good to me, whether it's the low-end of the league are not.

Of course, Oakland owner Mark Davis would like to see that total increase and a sure-fire way it would increase is if the Raiders get a new stadium -- one that Davis so desperately wants. The Raiders are having trouble trying to execute a new stadium in Oakland and have been connected to possible moves to Los Angeles and San Antonio.

If the Raiders move to Los Angeles and get a new stadium, expect their value to skyrocket to the top of the league.

In other Raiders notes:

In an Insider piece, Mike Sando ranks Raiders' second-year linebacker Sio Moore at No. 30 on his 50 breakout players for this season. Insider

Former Oakland defensive end Lamarr Houston -- who signed with Chicago for five years, $35 million with the Bears this offseason -- is No. 80 on ESPN's top 100 defensive players list. Two defensive ends the Raiders signed to short-term deals, LaMarr Woodley (99) and Justin Tuck (89), also made the list.
SAN DIEGO -- Keenan Allen knows he's not sneaking up on anyone this season.

As a rookie selected in the third round of the 2013 draft by the San Diego Chargers, last season was supposed to be a developmental year for the Cal product. But season-ending injuries to Danario Alexander and Malcom Floyd thrust Allen into the starting lineup.

Allen responded by finishing with 71 receptions for 1,046 yards and eight touchdowns, developing into the go-to receiver on the perimeter for Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers.

Because of that effort, Allen debuts at No. 75 on this year's ESPN's #NFLRank list.

"I just want to build off of last year, help my team as much as I can out there and try and lead us," said Allen, when asked about what he'd like to accomplish in his second season.

Rivers said Allen's ability to understand the entire offense and his role in it helps the big receiver play fast. Along with that, at 6-foot-2 and 211 pounds, Allen has the short-area quickness to consistently create separation.

"What he does that makes him so good is he's very creative with his releases and his moves at the top of his routes, and yet he's very subtle," Rivers said.

Allen was targeted 107 times in 2013, the second-most behind tight end Antonio Gates (113) on San Diego's roster. In 2014, expect Allen to receive a similar amount of looks.

He'll have the added benefit of having Floyd back on the field. At 6-5 and 235 pounds, defenses will have to account for Floyd on the perimeter, along with Gates in the middle of the field.

"It's great," said Allen, when asked about having Floyd back. "It's going to take a lot of pressure off of me, along with Antonio Gates. I had a great year last year, so I'm guessing I'm going to get a lot of attention. But with Malcom out there, they're not going to really be able to double me up."

Further, NFL receivers often experience their biggest growth in development between their first and second seasons. Allen said he's worked on his speed and added a few pounds to build on what he accomplished as a rookie.

"I really attacked my speed," Allen said. "I'm just trying to get quicker off the ball and be that deep threat."
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Continuity on the offensive line was a struggle for the Oakland Raiders last season. Thus far this preseason, the Raiders have worked with the same offensive line and it has helped build a chemistry that was missing in 2013.

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The coaching staff thinks that can be a difference-maker.

“It’s been very encouraging. A year ago in the second preseason game, we had made three changes into the second preseason game,” Oakland offensive coordinator Greg Olson said Tuesday. “When you have five guys working together and the communication that’s required to play up front, it helps everybody involved.

“It helps the running backs. It helps the quarterbacks. That group in particular, because they all have to be in conjunction with one another. They all have to be on the same page. Besides the fact that we’ve stayed healthy there, they’re also really a veteran group of guys. That’s been a bonus for us, as well.”

If it stays healthy, the unit led by center Stefen Wisniewski and new left tackle Donald Penn, can be a centerpiece of the team, coach Dennis Allen believes.

“I think any time you can put the same group out there for as many reps as they’ve been able to get through the offseason and through training camp has been a positive,” Allen said. “I think that group is beginning to jell together as a unit. I think they’re playing with confidence and I think that’s going to be a position that I think is going to be one of the strengths of our football team.”

I know from my experience of covering the Raiders from 2008-2013, continuity and depth on the offensive line were major sticking points. If this unit can stay healthy and grow together, it could help the Raiders improve pretty quickly.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- What the Denver Broncos and Houston Texans are doing this week is rare and, in the end, took at least some risk-reward analysis before the two teams agreed to do it.

No, it's not rare that they'll have three days' worth of practices against each other before they play a preseason game Saturday night in Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Teams have done it plenty through the years, the Texans are the sixth team the Broncos have practiced against since 1996.

But the Broncos and Texans are doing this in the days leading up to the third preseason game for both teams and just three weeks before the regular-season opener. And that takes at least some thought as the two teams try to balance the benefits of getting the work in they want without exposing everyone involved to unnecessary injury risk.

"I think we did a pretty good job -- both teams -- of respecting each other, but still having an intense practice and getting after it," said Broncos tight end Julius Thomas following Tuesday's practice. "So I expect more of the same (Wednesday).”

The two teams will practice together again Wednesday and Thursday. Originally the plan had been for the two teams to practice in full gear both Tuesday and Wednesday, but after the Broncos had played on Sunday afternoon with the Texans having played on Saturday an adjustment was made.

The players worked in shells, helmets and shorts Tuesday and are now expected to work in full pads in Wednesday's practice.

"We decided to go shorts today because we were a day behind them as far as the recovery," said Broncos head coach John Fox. "I thought it went well. ... I think it's a good look, new faces for the players. There are new schemes both offensively and defensively and even in the kicking game. All in all, I think it was a good first day."

It was also a departure of sorts for Fox, who did not practice against another team in training camp at any point in his nine-season tenure as the Carolina Panthers head coach. Fox said Tuesday the last time he had worked against another team in camp was in 2001, when he was the New York Giants defensive coordinator.

Fox believes the proximity of the work, on the calendar, to the opener could also help his team and that the Broncos, despite having finished their two-a-day practice schedule of the preseason, still have a training camp mindset going.

"Camp is camp, late or early," Fox said. "These guys will tell you they get paid to practice and they would play the games for nothing. I think they did good work. I think it's a good time actually because you've been banging on the same guys for three weeks -- besides the preseason games -- but I think getting someone different is good."

For their part the players behaved Tuesday. Though some words were exchanged at times, especially in a late two-minute drill, there were no major scuffles in the two-hour workout and the teams will not tackle players to the ground in any of the workouts.

Fox and Texans head coach Bill O'Brien had discussed how the practices would be conducted and both expressed confidence the work could get done without any unnecessary conflicts. That, in the end, the benefits simply outweighed any potential downside.

"I know it is great work ... especially when we put on the pads (Wednesday) to get more of a real look in person as far as with the pads," said Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning. "Receivers benefit from going against different corners every day. I think there's a benefit.”

"It's the same thing we do every day," Fox said. "We are going to take the approach that we are going to treat the Houston Texans just like we treat our own team and we expect the same from them. I don't foresee any problems."
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- As the Oakland Raiders prepare for the regular season, a key for starting quarterback Matt Schaub is continuing to work on his decision making, offensive coordinator Greg Olson said Tuesday.

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"I wasn't around Matt Schaub in Houston. From what I see on tape, I think he's similar to what he has been and what he is. Kind of like they say, he is what he is. I haven't seen significant loss of arm strength in the time that he's been here," Olson said. "To me, the biggest thing with Matt is the decision making. After the last season, is he making the right decisions? ... I think his confidence is up. We haven't seen, throughout training camp, a bunch of ill-fated decisions so that's been a plus."

Schaub was replaced last season in Houston after a rash of interceptions. Schaub will start and perhaps play in the third quarter Friday night at Green Bay. The starting quarterback often plays little if any in the final preseason game, so this may be the last rehearsal for Schaub before their Sept. 7 opener at the New York Jets.

In other Raiders notes:
  • Raiders coach Dennis Allen said there has been strong competition at receiver this camp and the unit could be deep.
  • Allen is looking for another tight end to stand out. Tackle Khalif Barnes could play in some tight end scenarios, very likely in running situations.
  • The Raiders still haven't made a decision on whether rookie quarterback Derek Carr will play Friday, but I got the feeling barring a setback we will likely see him after Schaub on Friday night. He was cleared to practice on a limited basis Monday after getting a concussion Friday night against Detroit. Carr was very lucid and in good spirits Tuesday in the locker room.
  • Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver said he is enjoying the veteran approach new cornerbacks Carlos Rogers and Tarell Brown have brought with them. He said both players recognize and address their mistakes quickly.
  • Olson lauded the power of rookie guard Gabe Jackson.
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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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Some thoughts and observations on Tuesday's Kansas City Chiefs practice:
  • Wide receiver Frankie Hammond Jr. took a lot of the starter's snaps that otherwise would have gone to Dwayne Bowe, who didn't practice because of what the Chiefs called a sore quad muscle. If that's a sign the Chiefs are seriously considering Hammond for their roster, that's a good move. Hammond is fast and is still growing as a receiver. He had a big game in Carolina on Sunday night when he caught three passes for 57 yards and lost a 51-yard catch and run on a holding penalty.
  • The third preseason game is usually the big dress rehearsal for the starters and that's how the Chiefs will treat Saturday night's contest against the Minnesota Vikings at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs had their backups running the Vikings' offensive plays against the starting defense and Minnesota's defensive schemes against the starting offense.
  • Two ailing defensive linemen, Mike DeVito and Mike Catapano, returned to practice after lengthy absences. DeVito has a broken hand while Catapano had a virus that was causing flu-like symptoms. Neither one has yet to play in a preseason game. The Chiefs wasted no time getting Catapano involved as a pass-rusher with their first-team defense.
  • Bowe, running back Jamaal Charles, wide receiver Junior Hemingway and linebackers Joe Mays and Josh Martin were among the injured players who did not practice. Charles, who bruised his foot while moving out of the dorm last week when the Chiefs broke training camp, may not be far from a return to practice. He was with the Chiefs for their walk-through practice earlier in the day.
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ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders spent money to get better on defense and according to our ESPN panelists, it is working.

Two days into a two-week project, the Raiders have two defenders on ESPN.com's Top 100 players list. In last year's ESPN.com NFL Top 100 offensive and Top 100 defensive players, the only player to represent the Raiders was defensive back Charles Woodson.

A day after new defensive end LaMarr Woodley was ranked at No. 99, fellow new defensive end Justin Tuck comes in at No. 89. The former Giants' standout signed a two-year, $11 million deal with the Raiders.


I can see why Tuck is on this list. He has had individual success, he's been part of good defenses, and he's known as a good character player. Those are all worthy of being a top-100 player. By all amounts, Tuck is fitting in well with the Raiders on and off the field and he may be a much-needed addition.
SAN DIEGO -- As a kid, San Diego Chargers coach Mike McCoy rooted for the San Francisco 49ers. He regularly attended 49ers home games at Candlestick Park, seeking autographs from legends like Joe Montana, Jerry Rice and Ronnie Lott.

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Any luck?

"We found our ways," McCoy said. "We knew how to get into certain gates and how to sneak in, and I knew a few people that helped us out."

McCoy and the Chargers visit the 49ers in their new home in Santa Clara, California, on Sunday in each team's third preseason game. McCoy grew up in nearby Novato, California, playing quarterback in high school and eventually making his way to the University of Utah. He got his break in NFL coaching from former 49ers head coach George Seifert, who hired him as an offensive assistant coach while serving as the head coach for the Carolina Panthers in 2000.

McCoy said that his parents will attend the game, along with some other family and friends. But the San Diego head coach still considers the trip north a business trip.

He also gets an opportunity to check out the San Francisco’s new home, Levi’s Stadium, for the first time. The Chargers will play there again during the regular season on Dec. 20.

"It will be good," he said. "We are going there later in the year, too, and it will kind of get us acclimated a little bit and see the surroundings."

Injury update: For as second straight day, safety Jahleel Addae (hamstring), defensive end Lawrence Guy (shoulder), defensive end Sean Lissemore (ankle), running back Kerwynn Williams (unknown), receiver Vincent Brown (calf) and cornerback Marcus Cromartie (unknown) did not practice for the Chargers on Tuesday. Offensive lineman Jeromey Clary (hip/shoulder) remains on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list. The team will take the day off on Wednesday.
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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Less than 48 hours after a 34-0 preseason victory over the San Francisco 49ers, Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning brought a little verbal rain after the team’s first of three practices with the Houston Texans.

The Broncos and Texans will practice together for three days this week at the Broncos’ complex before the two teams play Saturday night in Sports Authority Field at Mile High. And with a familiar face calling the shots in the Texans' defense in Romeo Crennel, Manning came away from Tuesday’s workout, shall we say, less than enthused about what he had seen.

“I thought our offense stunk today,’’ Manning said following practice. “Their defense totally kicked our butt. ... We’ll learn from the film, hopefully there is some good things to see, hopefully we come out and do a better job tomorrow from a player standpoint.’’

Crennel, after his time as the New England Patriots' defensive coordinator as well as Kansas City Chiefs' head coach, is a familiar adversary through the years. Crennel is in his first season as Texans defensive coordinator, joining the team after another former Patriots assistant, Bill O’Brien, was named head coach.

“Romeo Crennel is one of the best coaches out there, overall it will be a good week for us,’’ Manning said. “... But we’ve got to do better than we did today on offense.’’

Asked what the main issue happened to be, Manning simply said, “Were you watching?’’

“They executed better than we did,’’ Manning added. “... They just did their job a lot better than we did.’’

In reality, Manning and the Broncos' offense, while not at their best following a day off Monday, made their share of plays in both 7-on-7 and team drills. But the group also had some choppy moments against the Texans' regulars.

Manning may have had some other motives as well. The Broncos' starters on offense have played on four drives in two preseason games and the team has scored on three of those drives.

Manning is 22 of 27 passing for 180 yards and a touchdown in those two games and there has been at least some sentiment in and around the Front Range the Broncos' offense is ready to start the season. And that’s an idea Manning seemed to want to poke a hole in Monday.

“I think today that story ought to die,’’ Manning said. “Today’s performance out there on whatever field that is, field 2 ... I kind of call it like I see it. When you have a pretty below-average practice, you’ve got to call it a below-average practice. I think this team does a pretty good job staying pretty even keel. I don’t think anybody is overly excited about beating a San Francisco team that didn’t have Justin Smith, Patrick Willis, didn’t blitz us one time, kind of a pretty vanilla scheme. They will be a different animal when we play those guys in the regular season.’’
In last year’s ESPN.com NFL Top 100 offensive and Top 100 defensive players, the only player to represent the Oakland Raiders was defensive back Charles Woodson.

This year, on the first day of the two-week project, the Raiders have already matched that total. Defensive back LaMarr Woodley is No. 99 on the defensive list based on the opinion of several ESPN voters.

The Raiders signed Woodley, 29, to a two-year deal with a maximum of $12 million in March after he was released by Pittsburgh.

Frankly, I was surprised Woodley made the Top 100. He wasn’t ranked last year and his health and production have been an issue for the past three seasons. He has missed a total of 14 games in the past three seasons.

However, if Woodley plays like a Top 100 defensive player, the Raiders will be thrilled and his signing would be well worth it. There’s no doubt, Woodley has the ability to be the 99th-ranked defender in the league, he just needs to stay healthy to achieve it.
Here are some quick thoughts on some of the developments from the Oakland Raiders on Monday:

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Rookie quarterback Derek Carr returned to practice on a limited basis after banging up his ribs and getting checked for a concussion Friday against Detroit. Raiders coach Dennis Allen said at his news briefing he is unsure if Carr will play Friday night at Green Bay (8 ET).

The Raiders will not rush Carr back, but obviously they would like to see him work in the preseason. With starter Matt Schaub struggling early in the preseason, the Raiders need to get as much of a look at Carr as possible.

But, off course, making sure he is healthy is important. We will have some more clarification on whether Carr will play against the Packers later in the week.
  • Meanwhile, 2013 first-round pick D.J. Hayden, who has been out with a foot injury, did extensive running on Monday. There is no timeline or his return.
  • Star fullback Marcel Reece has a foot injury that will require an MRI, Allen said.
SAN DIEGO -- Jason Verrett had more of pep in his step during Monday's practice for the San Diego Chargers.

The rookie cornerback was no longer burdened with wearing a red jersey, a reminder to avoid contact on the field during team drills.

"It means everything," Verrett said. "I'm just trying to get back to where I was. And I'm just trying to get back up to pace."

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Elsa/Getty ImagesChargers first-round pick Jason Verrett is hoping to see his first exhibition-game action Sunday against the 49ers.
San Diego's first-round selection in this year's draft, Verrett has not played in an exhibition game as he rehabs from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder March. Chargers head coach Mike McCoy has taken a cautious approach to Verrett's rehabilitation with an eye toward making sure the TCU product is healthy for the team's regular-season opener at Arizona on Sept. 8.

But at some point the Chargers need to let the tenacious Verrett loose and play full-speed in game conditions to see what they have. And Sunday on the road against the San Francisco 49ers seems like the right time.

"Yeah, that's my goal," Verrett said, when asked about the possibility of playing against San Francisco. "Just to treat every day like it's game day, go hard on the rehab and hopefully I'll be ready to play."

Verrett would provide a major boost for a secondary that finished in the bottom third of the league in pass defense last season. Free-agent addition Brandon Flowers played his first reps with his new team against Seattle, looking solid over the weekend.

Add Verrett on the field against the 49ers, and the Chargers will finally get to see the team's revamped secondary together for the first time.

Verrett understands that it's critical to get some reps against San Francisco and show McCoy that he will be ready to play once the regular season begins.

"They're very important," Verrett said. "It's a way for me to get a feel for the game, so that way when it comes to the season opener I'm going to be up to pace with the speed. And then being able to learn the signals out there with the crowd, and being able to deal with all of that."

McCoy says he's already been impressed with Verrett's effort during practice, calling his play "outstanding" so far during camp.

"There is a reason why we took him where we picked him, and you can see the talent that he has out here," McCoy said. "But now it's a matter of going into a game and playing full speed and making the checks and understanding what certain calls mean on the run.

"The next time he gets out there it's going to be full speed. You're playing the game for the first time, so it's a matter of executing the way you do on the practice field but where it counts for real."

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers also has noticed Verrett's energy on the field.

"He's always around the ball," Rivers said. "When you're throwing it he always seems to make it close. Nothing jumps out of me that he has given up that has been easy, and that's what you want in a defensive back."
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- As the Denver Broncos mulled what to do following Danny Trevathan’s leg injury, they could have taken one of two routes.

They could have taken a mix-and-match approach. They could have used a guy here, a guy there to fill in for the do-it-all Trevathan, the team’s leading tackler last season who will miss six to eight weeks with a fracture at the top of his tibia.

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AP PhotoBrandon Marshall will be filling in for the injured Danny Trevathan, the Broncos' top tackler in 2013.
Or they could have put one guy in and see how it goes. That’s what the Broncos did this past week after Trevathan suffered his injury in practice, as Brandon Marshall moved into Trevathan’s weak-side linebacker spot in the base defense and worked in the team’s other packages as well.

Sunday’s 34-0 victory over the San Francisco 49ers was the first gameday test, and by all accounts, Marshall fared just fine. Marshall played 28 snaps on defense in the game, which eventually turned into just the eighth preseason shutout the Broncos have pitched in franchise history.

“I had a little pregame jitters," Marshall said following the game. “But after the first snap, I was ready to go.’’

Marshall made five solo tackles in those 28 snaps, so that is certainly efficient play at the position and also tied him for the team lead in the game.

“You know, he’s a young man that was with us a year ago, mostly practice squad, but was acting a little bit towards the end, you know a guy that’s, his teammates like him, the coaching staff likes him and then, you know the Danny Trevathan injury. We’re always talking about the next man up, and it is an opportunity for another young man," Broncos head coach John Fox said following Sunday’s win. “And Brandon I think got a chance to show what he’s capable of."

To play Trevathan’s spot in defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio’s scheme, a player needs enough backbone in his game to play along the line of scrimmage in the run game and enough athleticism to play in the open spaces in pass defense as well.

Trevathan is really the only linebacker who does that consistently in the team’s scheme since Von Miller, also an every-down player at the position, essentially moves to defensive end when the Broncos move into some of their pass-rush looks. But it is Miller who has taken a little walk down memory lane when describing why Marshall is the right player for the job.

“If you just think back to a couple years ago, when (former Broncos linebacker) D.J. Williams was going through what he was going through, Wesley Woodyard came in and had a great season," Miller said. “When Wesley had a little bit of an injury, Danny came in and had a great season. So we’re expecting Brandon Marshall to come in and do great things for us until Danny gets back."

A review of the game video shows Marshall played with good instincts to the ball, with aggressiveness and moved with the kind of agility the Broncos want at the position. The Broncos also got to see the 238-pounder plenty in the base defense as the 49ers stayed in their traditional heavy looks on offense much of the time the starters were on the field for both teams.

The Broncos were in their heavier looks on defense for 13 of the first 16 snaps in Sunday’s game, including some 3-4 looks with Lerentee McCray in as a fourth linebacker when the 49ers still had Colin Kaepernick at quarterback.

“I thought we excelled in the trenches," Marshall said. “They popped a couple of runs, but that’s not us being physical. It was just some assignments that need a little cleaning up. Other than that, I thought we did an outstanding job."

After the game, Marshall added he would have to take the team’s defensive linemen “out for shrimp or steaks or whatever" for their part in keeping the 49ers blockers off him.

The Broncos will get some additional looks at Marshall this week in some situations that will be a little more intense than the usual practices. The Broncos will work against the Houston Texans for three days this week leading up to the two teams’ preseason game Saturday night at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

“I just think here you’re in the best situation to get ready to play defense in a game," Marshall said. “We go against our offense every day in practice, and that’s probably the biggest challenge anywhere to go against Peyton (Manning) and all of the guys we have on offense. If you can hold your own there and make the right calls, you’re going to be ready to do that in a game, and I think that’s the case for me if I just keep working."
Oakland Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack admitted this weekend that he needs to turn up his game in Week 3 of the preseason. Perhaps being on the same field as a player he has been often compared to will help.

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Mack, the Raiders' No. 5 overall draft pick in May, has been frequently compared to Green Bay Packers star outside linebacker Clay Matthews. The comparisons make sense. Both are superior athletes with high motors who fight to the end of the whistle to get to the quarterback. Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie, who selected Mack, was in Green Bay with Matthews, so he clearly recognized some of the similarities.

McKenzie and the Raiders' brass are hoping Mack can make an impact Friday night against Matthews' Packers in the pivotal third preseason game. Mack, who played extensively against Detroit in Week 2, hasn't made much of a lasting impression yet.

I wouldn't take that as a sign of worry as the rookie is still making major adjustments from small-school Buffalo. I'd expect Mack to make an impact very early in his NFL career.

The Raiders would love Mack to have a similar rookie season, much like the one Matthews had. He had 51 tackles and 10 sacks for Green Bay in 2009. ESPN analyst Matt Williamson sees the similarities and thinks Mack could excel early.

"I love Mack," Williamson said. "Clay is a good comparison. Extreme athlete who plays very hard and is a great prospect versus the run and rushing the passer as well as some already strong coverage skills.”

It will be fun to see the comparison unfold at Lambeau Field on Friday night (8 ET).

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