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Selected by Green Bay Packers in the seventh round (230th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft, April 24, 2010…Signed by Oakland Raiders as an unrestricted free agent, March 28, 2014.
AT A GLANCE
CAREER: Veteran defensive lineman enters his first season with the Raiders, having joined the team in the offseason…Served as a key part of the team’s defensive line rotation with the Packers…Had his most productive season in 2012, appearing in 11 games with a career-high seven starts and setting new career bests with 37 tackles (18 solo) and 2.5 sacks…Played in 31 of 32 possible games in his first two NFL seasons…Played in all 16 games in 2011, making two starts and tallying 35 tackles (21 solo)…Appeared in 15 games with two starts his rookie year, recording 21 tackles (12 solo) and one sack. Played in all four playoff contests as well, getting the starting nod in Super Bowl XLV…Career totals include 50 games played with 11 starts, 103 tackles (55 solo), 3.5 sacks and one pass defensed.
2013 (with GB): Appeared in eight games and recorded 11 tackles (five solo)...Suffered an ankle injury in the team’s Week 12 contest vs. Minnesota and was sidelined in Weeks 13-14…(10/13) at Bal.: Returned to the gameday lineup and tallied three tackles (two solo)…(11/17) at NYG: Posted one assisted tackle…(11/24) vs. Min.: Registered three tackles (two)…Suffered an ankle injury late in the fourth quarter and did not return to the game…(12/22) vs. Pit.: Made one solo tackle.
2012 (with GB): Emerged as a member of the starting lineup, seeing time at DE…Suffered a knee injury in the first half of the Week 12 game at the N.Y. Giants that sidelined him for the next four contests…For the season, appeared in 11 games and set career highs in starts (seven), tackles (37) and sacks (2.5), also adding one pass defensed…Started both postseason games and finished with 11 tackles (seven solo), most among the team’s defensive linemen…(9/9) vs. SF: Started at RDE and posted four tackles (three solo) before departing with a groin injury...(9/30) vs. NO: Recorded three tackles (one solo) and his second career sack…Fought his way past through the line and dropped Drew Brees for a 7-yard loss, his first since 2010…(10/14) at Hou.: Started and helped key a run defense that held Arian Foster to a career-low 1.7-yard rushing average (min. 15 att.) on 17 carries for 29 yards…Made three tackles (two solo), one sack and his first career pass defensed…Saw his career-high second sack of the season come on the game’s opening play when he dropped Matt Schaub for a 2-yard loss…(12/30) at Min.: Posted five tackles (four)…Postseason: (1/5/13) vs. Min.: Led the defensive line with six tackles (five solo) with five coming against the run.
2011 (with GB): Continued to contribute as a significant rotational player in his second season, appearing in all 16 games and making two starts, posting 35 tackles (21 solo)…(10/9) at Atl.: Finished with four tackles (two solo) as part of a defensive front that helped limit powerful Michael Turner to just 56 yards on 16 carries (3.5 avg.)…(11/4) vs. Min.: Credited with a season-high six tackles (three)…(12/11) vs. Oak.: Finished with two tackles (one)…(12/18) at KC: Started his first game of the season due to injury, appearing on a season-high 52 plays and finishing with three tackles (one)…Slid through the line to help create the pile that stacked Jackie Battle for no gain at the Packers’ 3-yard line on a fourth-down goal-line stand, resulting in a turnover on downs…(12/15) vs. Chi.: Started at LDE and matched his season high with six tackles (five).
2010 (with GB): Appeared in 15 games with two starts and finished the season with 21 tackles (12 solo), six QB hits and a sack…Played in all four postseason contests with one start, recording six tackles (five solo) and a sack…(9/19) vs. Buf.: Made NFL debut…(11/17) vs. Mia.: Started the first game of his career at LDE, registering four tackles (two solo)…(10/23) vs. Min.: Recorded career highs in tackles (nine) and solo stops (five)…(10/31) at NYJ: Started at LDE and posted three tackles (two )…(11/7) vs. Dal.: Posted his first career sack when he brought Jon Kitna down for a 1-yard loss as time expired. Finished with three tackles (two)…Postseason: (1/15/11) at Atl.: Registered four tackles (three) and one sack, dropping Matt Ryan for an 8-yard sack on the Falcons’ final possession of the game…(1/6/11) vs. Pit.: Started the game with the defense employing a fourth lineman as part of its “Hippo” package.
COLLEGE: Four-year starter at East Carolina…Finished career with 192 tackles, including 45.5 for loss, and 27 sacks…Named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year as a junior and senior by Sporting News…Played in all 54 games during his time at ECU, starting 37 straight contests to close out his career…Earned second-team All-C-USA honors from the league’s coaches as a sophomore and was named to the conference’s All-Freshman team by the media…Went on to be named to the ECU Athletic Director’s Honor Roll three times…Earned his degree in communications in May 2009…Started all 14 games as a senior…Named C-USA Defensive Player of the Year by Sporting News for the second straight season…Also earned first-team all-conference honors from the league’s coaches for the second straight campaign…Earned selection to the Ted Hendricks, 40th Annual Rotary Lombardi and Bronko Nagurski award watch lists…Finished the season with 57 tackles (23 solo) and 5.5 sacks…Ranked second in the conference with 10.5 sacks as a junior on his way to earning first-team All-C-USA honors from the league’s coaches…Also earned CUSA Defensive MVP and C-USA Player of the Year honors from Sporting News and ESPN.com, respectively…Led the defensive line with career-high 70 tackles (35 solo)…Earned second-team All-C-USA honors from the league’s coaches as a sophomore…Ranked sixth in the conference with seven sacks…Finished with 36 tackles (17 solo), one forced fumble and a team-leading 12 QB pressures...Made an immediate impact as a true freshman, starting seven of 13 games…Selected to C-USA All-Freshman team by media…Posted 29 tackles (17 solo), including six for a loss, and four sacks.
PERSONAL: Attended North Side High School in Belhaven, N.C. …Two-time Washington Daily News all-area selection…Also earned all-conference honors in his final season, one that saw his team advance to the Eastern Championship…Played LB, CB, S, RB, T and FB during his career, and was a team captain as a senior…Lettered every year in basketball and track….Brother, Amos, played LB at New Mexico, where he was a teammate of former Bears LB Brian Urlacher…Cousin, LB Keith Rivers, was a first-round selection by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2008…Brother-in-law, Willie Smith, was an offensive lineman with the Raiders in 2012 and is currently with the San Diego Chargers.