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The Week That Was: Khalil Mack Cracks The "Top 100," Raiders Building Chemistry During Offseason


It was a busy week at 1220 Harbor Bay Parkway. From Khalil Mack cracking the NFL Network's "Top 100 Players of 2016," to the Raiders wrapping up their first annual Rookie Transition Program; it was an eventful week at the team's facility. 

Time to get you caught up on The Week That Was.

Khalil Mack Cracks The "Top 100"

Khalil Mack's trophy case is filling up quickly, and now the versatile edge rusher has another accolade to add to his ever-expanding résumé.

After a breakout sophomore campaign that saw him earn a trip to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl and also become the first player in league history to be named First-Team All-Pro at two positions in the same year, Wednesday evening Mack also made an appearance on the NFL Network’s “Top 100 Players of 2016," checking in at No.13.

Meet The Raiders' Renaissance Man

Giorgio Tavecchio is looking to secure to a spot on an NFL roster, but football does not define the Italian kicker.

With interests ranging from philosophy to linguistics, Tavecchio is not your average football player, but that's fine with him.

Get to know a little bit more about the Raiders’ Renaissance Man.

Chemistry, Camaraderie Evident With 2016 Oakland Raiders

From "dunking" on each other in practice, to good-natured ribbing on the practice field, the Oakland Raiders are having fun spending time with each other, and camaraderie – while not quantifiable – is a key cog for any team with high expectations.

Throughout the 2016 Offseason Workout Program it's been evident that the Silver and Black have been building something – and it's not just the timing on routes or understanding of defensive scheme. They’re building chemistry – and having fun doing it – and it's easy to see just from the players' interactions on the field and in the weight room.

Bruce Irvin Emerging As Versatile Complement To Khalil Mack

In 2015, defensive end Khalil Mack emerged as a premier pass rusher, finishing his sophomore campaign with 15 total sacks, a trip to the Pro Bowl, and the distinction of being the first player named First-Team All-Pro at two positions.

However, a true complement to him along the defensive line never really emerged, so the team went out and signed linebacker Bruce Irvin in March.

Irvin is a player who has long been lauded for his versatility, and the Raiders are hoping that his ability to move all along the defensive front will free up Mack to get after the quarterback even more in 2016.

Raiders Wrap Up Rookie Transition Program

Last week, the Raiders' rookie class – both drafted and undrafted players – wrapped up the inaugural Rookie Transition Program at the team's Alameda, Calif., facility.

Throughout the course of the five-day event the rookies were exposed to a wealth of information and education, ranging from how to dress as a professional, to responsible money management. While the seminar was largely meant to educate, there was some built-in bonding time for the group, which Winston believes is critical to building team chemistry.

The Rookie Transition Program takes place of the now-defunct Rookie Symposium.

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