Following the conclusion of Wednesday's on-field work in Napa, Calif., Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Dan Williams appeared on 95.7 The Game.
During his interview, Williams touched on a variety of topics including the challenges that training camp presents as well as his initial impressions of linebacker Khalil Mack and rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper.
Welcome to the Grind
Training camp is commonly referred to as a necessary evil in the NFL. While the days are long and the weather is hot, the work done during these few weeks builds the foundation of a team as they march towards the regular season.
"Training camp is the hardest part of the season, period. Starting off first with the run test, the conditioning test. It's definitely a time where only the strong survive."
Impressions of Linebacker Khalil Mack
Linebacker Khalil Mack enjoyed a successful rookie campaign in 2014, but the young linebacker hopes to improve this season, particularly when it comes to his sack numbers.
Williams actually saw Mack from the sidelines last year while he was a member of the Arizona Cardinals, and was impressed with he saw from the former first round pick.
"He has a high motor. The guy's strong. He can pretty much make any play. Last year they had him in coverage a lot when we watched film, but when he did rush, he had some great rushes. He had a lot of pressures when he did go. I don't know where they're going to put him now, but once he does have his hand in the ground, he's ready to go. He has great work ethic and I'm definitely excited to play with him."
The New Man in The Middle
During the offseason, General Manager Reggie McKenzie signed center Rodney Hudson to be the new man in the middle for the Raiders offensive line.
Williams is also familiar with Hudson, and believes that he's an underrated star in the NFL.
"Honestly, in my opinion, he's the best center in the league. I played against him last year when he was in Kansas City and they came to Arizona, and he probably gave me the most fits. The guy is strong, fast, he's quick and very smart. He makes all the right calls for the offensive line. He's definitely worth every penny the Raiders gave him. He's definitely an underrated guy, but a hell of a football player. I'm glad he's on my team. I don't have to go against him anymore."
Hangin' With Mr. Cooper**
As the team begins training camp, Williams has a unique perspective of rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper as the two sit next to each other in the locker room.
During their chats, Williams has gotten to know the former Biletnikoff Award winner, and has been pleased with the rookie's quiet disposition.
"The crazy thing about Amari is he's very humble. He definitely gains your respect, because he knows he's good but he has no need to brag. His locker is right next to mine. He's [number] 89 and I'm [number] 90. Just talking to him and getting to know him, he's just laidback, and ready to work and get better each and every day. He's taking everything in."