The NFL officially kicks off the 2015 regular season.
Selected by Oakland Raiders in the fifth round (158th overall) of 2012 NFL Draft, April 28, 2012.
AT A GLANCE
CAREER: Young defensive lineman who is also a productive special teams contributor…Was originally a Raiders draft pick in 2012…Has played in 19 games, producing 17 tackles (14 solo)…Contributed three special teams tackles in 2013.
2013: Played both inside and outside in second year on the Raiders’ defensive line...Played in 15 games and totaled 12 tackles (11 solo)...(9/8) at Ind.: Recorded one solo tackle in reserve duty...Saw action at both defensive end and defensive tackle...(9/29) vs. Was.: Saw significant action on defensive line, establishing a career high with four solo tackles...(10/6) vs. SD: Posted two tackles (one solo)...(11/3) vs. Phi.: Dropped QB Nick Foles for a 4-yard loss in the fourth quarter...Play was originally ruled a sack then reclassified as a tackle on a designed run...(11/10) at NYG: Credited with a solo tackle on punt coverage, wrapping up WR Reuben Randle on a first-quarter punt...(11/17) at Hou.: Posted a special teams tackle for the second straight game, recording a stop on punt coverage...Credited with one solo tackle...(11/24) vs. Ten.: Assisted on a stop of RB Chris Johnson for a 2-yard loss in the first quarter...(12/8) at NYJ: Credited with two solo tackles on defense.
2012: Played in four games and dressed but did not play in one contest…Inactive for the others…Posted five tackles (three solo)…(9/23) vs. Pit.: Made his NFL debut, as a reserve on the line…Posted two stops (one solo)…(11/18) vs. NO: Saw fourth-quarter snaps on the defensive line…(12/23) at Car.: Saw action at defensive end.
COLLEGE: Played four years at Penn State…As a senior, played and started all 13 games and totaled 42 stops with 7.5 tackles for loss…Added 6.5 sacks, six passes defensed and two fumble recoveries…Had six tackles and two sacks against Ohio State…Recorded a season-high seven tackles at Northwestern…Played in 10 games with seven starts as a junior, when he compiled 14 stops, with 4.5 tackles for loss and two sacks…Had two stops at No. 1 Alabama…After missing three games with a foot injury, returned for a comeback win over Northwestern…Recorded a sack at Ohio State and returned to the starting lineup against Indiana…Played on 70 snaps against Florida in the 2011 Outback Bowl…As a sophomore, started every game at defensive end and was among the Big Ten leaders in minus-yardage plays as a sophomore…Ranked ninth in the Big Ten in tackles for loss (14.5) and 10th with 5.5 sacks…Earned honorable-mention all-conference honors…Totaled 31 tackles, and tied for the team lead with two fumble recoveries, along with one forced fumble and three pass breakups…Made first career start, against Akron, recording two tackles for loss and one sack…Had a tackle for loss in Capital One Bowl win over LSU…During his true freshman season, 2008, saw action at defensive tackle and tight end…Totaled four tackles with two pass breakups.
PERSONAL: Attended St. Augustine High School in Longport, N.J. ...Rated No. 15 defensive end in the nation by Scout.com…Also played tight end…Earned all-area and All-Parochial honors…Had 12 touchdown receptions as a senior…Also played basketball and soccer…Born in London, England…Moved to the United States while in high school before 2005 junior season, his first year of football.
Jeanette Thompson hosts from the Superdome in New Orleans; Head Coach Dennis Allen, QB Matt Flynn and DE Jack Crawford talk about the loss to the Saints.