Editor's Note: The above video is from a media session with Khalil Mack on Friday, September 11, 2015.
ALAMEDA – Significant attention will be paid to whether new Raiders edge rusher Aldon Smith plays on Sunday against Cincinnati. Odds are he will, and he’ll have to be accounted for at all times.
Khalil Mack’s second-year debut has taken a back seat to all this Smith hullabaloo swirling through the fan base, but trust that the Bengals will keep a wary eye on No. 52.
Mack had an excellent preseason many call a precursor to a true breakout year. He can be vicious in the pass rush and stingy against the run. Bengals offensive coordinator knows Mack can cause havoc on his own.
"He's fast, he's sudden, he's strong, he's got spin moves, he's got karate moves," Bengals offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said, via ESPN. "The guy is a rolling ball of butcher knives. He can play."
The colorful description proves one real point. Mack is incredibly dangerous, with a combination of speed, power and technique that makes him tough to block.
Mack can cover some too, but the Raiders have his focus forward this season as a defensive end or a standup edge rusher. Mack had four sacks, 50 other quarterback pressure and 16 total tackles for losses. He also ranks among the NFL’s best edge-setting run stoppers.
“He’s a guy that he has everything, now it’s just a matter of doing it,” Raiders defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. said. “The mindset is where it needs to be, his effort level is where it needs to be. His work ethics are where it needs to be. So we’re really excited to sit back, let him play and get him to do something he does best. He rushes the passer really well. He plays really hard. He’s a mismatch on the field. He’s a type of guy you just have to turn him loose, and we’re turning him loose.”