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Khalil Mack named All-Pro at two positions

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Khalil Mack was named first-team All-Pro at defensive end and outside linebacker. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

Khalil Mack was named first-team All-Pro at defensive end and outside linebacker. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

The Raiders steadfastly declined to define a position for stud pass rusher Khalil Mack.

Turns out, it’s because he’s among the best in the league at two. Mack became the first player to be named first-team Associated Press All-Pro Team at two positions. The second-year star was voted in at both defensive end and outside linebacker.

“I do whatever I can to help the team win. I’m a team guy,” Mack told the Associated Press. “Whether it’s dropping in coverage or rushing the passer. I can do either. I think they (voters) saw that.”

Retiring safety Charles Woodson, whose final NFL action will come in next month’s Pro Bowl, was a second-team All-Pro pick at age 39.

Mack is the first Raider to make first-team All-Pro since cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and punter Shane Lechler in 2010. He received 24 votes at defensive end and 17 at linebacker from the 50-member voting pool. Marcel Reece also received two votes at fullback and Marquette King earned one vote at punter.

Mack was second in the NFL with 15 sacks, behind only J.J. Watt’s 17.5. He nearly split his snaps between defensive end and outside linebacker, spending just a hair more time on the line (467 snaps to 439).

Mack’s game rose significantly after the year-long suspension was handed down to Aldon Smith. He had only five sacks through nine games at the time, but had 10 more over the next six games. That includes his epic five-sack performance in a 15-12 win over the AFC West-champion Denver Broncos on Dec. 13.

He was the NFL’s sack leader entering the final game before Watt overtook him with a three-sack outing. Mack finished the year with 77 tackles and two forced fumbles in addition to his 15 sacks, the third most in team history.

 

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Jimmy Durkin

Sports writer for the Bay Area News Group, covering the Raiders.

  • SilverandBlack666

    Right!?

    St Louis has a nice proposal in place and I think San Diego’s public funding is up for vote in June.

    Meanwhile in Oakland Mayor Libby wants to win by losing and claim political victory while we play in the old stadium

  • Raider 8

    i hear if raiders don’t get LA mark is prepared to accelerate talks with san antonio and prepared to move the team to play in the alamo dome in 2016. my sources say mark will NOT sign another lease in oakland without a solid stadium proposal there.

  • veni,vidi,vici

    How about long life Die-Hard Raiderfan wins 700 million Powerball and allocates his total winnings to his Raiders staying in Oakland? How’s that for our media? to get a grip with.

  • SilverandBlack666

    My sources say that aliens with space cash are coming to save us because Larry Ellison owes them money from another dimension….Mark will move the team to far away galaxy where Star Wars is real.

  • Gdog

    Friday night proof that Bo was the greatest RB of all time!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PBvOxicz-0

  • DJ Johnny

    That rumor is actually gaining steam. The LA Times’ resident alien just wrote a scathing article about “scumbag alien Raider fans from Saturn.”

  • veni,vidi,vici

    Actually, I heard Mark’s hairdresser has heard all the gossip and that’s she’s putting all the money on The Raiders staying in Oakland, with a new stadium being provided as compensation by the commish.

  • Gdog

    Ok.. i am in…

  • DJ Johnny

    Brilliant move by her. Oakland wins by doing nothing…make no proposal so she can still hold that carrot out that she has some ‘secret’ in her back pocket. Make no commitment or have any plan that can be criticized or turned down like in SD and StL.

  • DJ Johnny

    http://www.bizjournals.com/sanantonio/news/2015/11/25/exclusive-mccombs-says-san-antonio-in-best.html

    As late as November 25th, Red McCombs still thinks Raiders are coming to San Antonio.

  • DJ Johnny

    The one thing about San Antonio is it’s the one place that wants the Raiders and has the ability and wherewithal to give Mark Davis everything he wants. Mark seems to be getting shunned in the entire state of California.

  • Raiderkoolaid

    Could be plan B for Mark. If he gets the relocation fee waived or substantially reduced via his LA efforts, then I would have to say it was a coupe by him.

  • Raiderkoolaid

    I’d at least have to keep a couple million so I could afford to go to the games.

  • “space cash”….nyce

  • Raiderfusion

    LMAO, that was the greatest. But now I’m so exhausted from watching him I have to go to bed.

  • timetojam

    Cool that King got a mention. He had a great season

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    I don’t want anything to happen that lets Deano go back to SD, leaving a tenant possibility or a buy-in (with investor money) for the Raiders. I think the NFL has been trying to block that possibility–they REALLY don’t want the Raiders there and don’t want to leave some loophole open for Mark.

    I also hope that, if by chance, Spanos does go back to SD, the NFL hold to their “we don’t want 3 teams in SoCal.”

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    REally? Then, what happened to prevent it?

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