Khalil Mack: “Derek Carr is one of the best, if not the best.”

I’ve always loved Khalil Mack. I’ll never forget when he came into Ohio Stadium his senior year in college with University of Buffalo and stood out as the best player on the field. He dominated the Buckeyes that day in a losing effort; but to me I said ‘wow’.

He’s become a Lawrence Taylor type dominator on defense, a guy who I always thought Aldon Smith would be. I guess Taylor was a mix of the two; the wild horse qualities of Aldon Smith but the player skills of Mack. He will be an all-time great. And he’s got great things to say about his fellow cornerstone Derek Carr:

Getting better at everything,” Mack said, when asked what he has left to improve upon. “That’s why I’m out here at OTAs. Working with [Raiders offensive tackle] Donald Penn, working with all these great players out here, working against Derek — one of the best quarterbacks in the league, if not the best.”

I cannot wait to see these two suit up on opening weekend in September against the Titans to continue their quest towards a Super Bowl.

The 2017 Canton Hall of Fame Class

The 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame class goes as follows:

  • Kurt Warner
  • Jerry Jones
  • Jason Taylor
  • LaDanian Tomlinson
  • Terrell Davis
  • Kenny Easley (R.I.P.)
  • Morten Andersen (Greatest Kicker Ever)

I’ve always really thought this ceremony was a special event. I’ve attended the Hall of Fame Ceremony once, in 2014 when my wife was pregnant with our first child. She wanted to see Michael Strahan get inducted to the Hall of Fame and we stayed until the end when he went on stage.

I saw Ray Guy that day.

I visited it another time; which wasn’t Hall of Fame weekend. I’ve always loved that weekend also because it’s the official kickoff to football season. It’s right up the road in little Canton, Ohio and it’s a Hell of a party. I’m looking forward to this class from Jerry to Davis to Kenny Easley. It should be a great night on Saturday, August 5th when they do the ceremony live on NFL Network.

Jack Del Rio will use the No-Huddle with Derek Carr

Jack Del Rio recently revealed to Raiders season ticket holders that the Raiders plan to use a lot more no-huddle offense with their franchise Quarterback in 2017:

“In terms of what we do with Derek [Carr], we think he is really good at operating out of a no huddle, being able to see what the defense wants to do, about giving him more and more leeway at the line, and more opportunity to get us out of bad plays, and into good plays. [We] just feel like with a quarterback with his talents, that we have to take advantage of that, and so absolutely, we’re going to look to do more of that as we go.”

I didn’t get to watch a ton of the Raiders, but in scenarios when Carr had the ball and was just asked to move the chains quickly, he succeeded. Like this week when he threw for over 500 yards in Tampa.