Khalil Mack

Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Bruce Irvin (51) stops the ball during a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on September 18, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Defenseless Raiders prove change comes slowly

This is a warning to the Raiders. If you want to draw…

Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Bruce Irvin (51) stops the ball during a game against the Atlanta Falcons at Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on September 18, 2016. (Stan Olszewski/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Jack Del Rio, right, greets punter Marquette King during practice at the team’s training camp on Friday. (Eric Risberg/AP)

Oakland’s Del Rio acknowledges ‘buzz’

NAPA — Coach Jack Del Rio walked off the field after the…

Jack Del Rio, right, greets punter Marquette King during practice at the team’s training camp on Friday. (Eric Risberg/AP)
Former Oakland Raider Aldon Smith (Ben Margot/2015 AP)

Aldon Smith poised to return to the Raiders … after his suspension ends

I’M WITH DONALD Watching golf hasn’t been the same since Tiger Woods…

Former Oakland Raider Aldon Smith (Ben Margot/2015 AP)
Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker Bruce Irvin (51) pressures Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer during an NFL game in 2015. (Stephen Brashear/AP)

Just destroy, baby

New Raider Bruce Irvin accounted for 22 sacks over four seasons with…

Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker Bruce Irvin (51) pressures Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer during an NFL game in 2015. (Stephen Brashear/AP)
Former Seattle Seahawk Bruce Irvin will be joining the Raiders on a multiyear contract. (Stephen Brashear/AP)

Raiders continue spending spree with pass rusher

The Oakland Raiders have filled another hole in free agency by agreeing…

Former Seattle Seahawk Bruce Irvin will be joining the Raiders on a multiyear contract. (Stephen Brashear/AP)
Mark Davis is rumored to be committed to Las Vegas as long as they build a stadium. (Ben Margot/AP)

Desperate and doomed, Raiders owner Mark Davis should try Levi’s

So the seats are red. And the logos have gold. And the…

Mark Davis is rumored to be committed to Las Vegas as long as they build a stadium. (Ben Margot/AP)
In this Dec. 13, 2015, file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) is sacked by Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack (52) during the second half of an NFL football game, in Denver. (Joe Mahoney/AP)

Mack an AP All-Pro at 2 positions; Peterson, Watt unanimous

NEW YORK — Khalil Mack has made All-Pro history. Mack's versatility and…

In this Dec. 13, 2015, file photo, Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) is sacked by Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack (52) during the second half of an NFL football game, in Denver. (Joe Mahoney/AP)
Linebacker Khalil Mack’s recent flurry of sacks has coincided with new hope that the Raiders remain in Oakland at the end of the season. (Tony Avelar/AP)

Mack Truck hauls new Raiders era

It may be sweet coincidence, right? We’ve seen new political momentum that…

Linebacker Khalil Mack’s recent flurry of sacks has coincided with new hope that the Raiders remain in Oakland at the end of the season. (Tony Avelar/AP)
Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) is sacked by Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack (52) during the second half Sunday in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)

Mack daddy wild in Raiders’ win

DENVER — One sack, two sacks, three sacks ... Khalil Mack was…

Denver Broncos quarterback Brock Osweiler (17) is sacked by Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack (52) during the second half Sunday in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney)
Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie says he’s not the least bit surprised by the breakout season quarterback Derek Carr is having. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

McKenzie’s process finally bears fruit

After enduring three years of losing as he tore down and then…

Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie says he’s not the least bit surprised by the breakout season quarterback Derek Carr is having. (Elaine Thompson/AP)
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper (89) runs against the St. Louis Rams during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Oakland. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Now or never for new-era Raiders

Look around the room. Do you see anyone worthy of your enmity…

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper (89) runs against the St. Louis Rams during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Oakland. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack leads a young core that expects to take the next step under head coach Jack Del Rio this season. (Tony Avelar/AP)

Raiders are team on the move

The Raiders may have one foot out of Oakland and the other…

Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack leads a young core that expects to take the next step under head coach Jack Del Rio this season. (Tony Avelar/AP)
In only his second year, Raiders’ linebacker Khalil Mack has been a dominant force in the preseason. (Tony Avelar/ap)

Bowman, Mack are cause for hope

Balls interrupts the dog-breath offenses on both sides of the Bay to…

In only his second year, Raiders’ linebacker Khalil Mack has been a dominant force in the preseason. (Tony Avelar/ap)
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton (5) passes as Oakland Raiders defensive end Benson Mayowa, left, applies pressure during the second half of an NFL preseason football game in Oaklandon Sunday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

No miracle: Raiders’ D comes to play

At one point Sunday, Balls almost expected NBC’s Al Michaels to scream…

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Drew Stanton (5) passes as Oakland Raiders defensive end Benson Mayowa, left, applies pressure during the second half of an NFL preseason football game in Oaklandon Sunday. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack practices at training camp in Napa on Monday. (Eric Risberg/AP)

Raiders’ Mack primed for big encore season

NAPA — Despite being a top five draft pick, a heralded rookie…

Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack practices at training camp in Napa on Monday. (Eric Risberg/AP)
Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie listens to questions at a news conference announcing wide receiver Amari Cooper, the team's first round draft pick. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Raiders’ McKenzie confident worst is over at last

NAPA — Reggie McKenzie knew it would take some time to build…

Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie listens to questions at a news conference announcing wide receiver Amari Cooper, the team's first round draft pick. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)
Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP PhotoLinebacker Khalil Mack was a fifth overall pick out of Buffalo and has been an impact player from the beginning.

Mack makes big impact as rookie with Raiders

ALAMEDA -- Fifteen years of wasted or traded away first-round draft picks…

Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP PhotoLinebacker Khalil Mack was a fifth overall pick out of Buffalo and has been an impact player from the beginning.
AP Photo/Ben MargotArizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington (38) runs against Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Khalil Mack during the second half of an NFL football game in Oakland

Khalil Mack making impact for Raiders even without sacks

Khalil Mack has done just about everything the Oakland Raiders have asked…

AP Photo/Ben MargotArizona Cardinals running back Andre Ellington (38) runs against Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Khalil Mack during the second half of an NFL football game in Oakland
Rich Pedroncelli/APAfter a rough 2013 with the Houston Texans

Raiders’ ink first-round pick Mack to $18.7 million deal

The Raiders have signed top draft pick Khalil Mack to an $18.7…

Rich Pedroncelli/APAfter a rough 2013 with the Houston Texans
Rich Pedroncelli/APAfter a rough 2013 with the Houston Texans

Raiders take Khalil Mack with No. 5 pick in draft

ALAMEDA -- Raiders coach Dennis Allen knows firsthand how much impact a…

Rich Pedroncelli/APAfter a rough 2013 with the Houston Texans