Derek Carr talks Khalil Mack, looks ahead to 2018 season

With Mack on board, the Bears now have starter Leonard Floyd, veteran Sam Acho, up-and-comers Isaiah Irving and Kylie Fitts and Lynch in the outside linebackers room.

If the Raiders are to have success this season, they need a big year from Joseph, especially if the coaching staff is going to give him another run as a starter. I don't blame Gurley, or any running back, for not wanting to absorb a tackle from the University of Buffalo great.

Coach Matt Nagy said before the preseason finale there was "a good chance" that Roquan Smith would play in the season opener against Green Bay. Alongside Mack will be former Georgia stars Roquan Smith and Leonard Floyd, also Kentucky Wildcat Danny Trevathan. While the Jets knew that Oakland's pass-rusher would immediately address their own weaknesses, they had the future of the franchise in mind.

Perhaps we should have all seen the Khalil Mack trade - or at least the possibility of it - coming when Jon Gruden pointed out how lousy the Raiders defense was with Mack.

"But it is what it is - it's part of the business", Carr added. "He understood that a lot of us were close with him". You can call Mack a transcendent player worth building around all you want, but history shows that sort of player does not exist on the defensive side of the ball. It helps make our (defensive) guys better. "It's one of those sucky things that happen".

"It isn't what anybody wanted - I think that's clear", Carr said (via ESPN).

"We don't have to like or agree with everything", Carr said. LaFell spent the past two seasons in Cincinnati and had 52 catches for 548 yards and three touchdowns in 2017. It just shows that even a great defensive player has a limited impact on his team's success. That's the only thing we won't cross off the list. "I wish him the best, besides when he plays us".

The Bears already have a stacked defense, and in a division that was thought to belong to the Vikings and Packers, it could make the Bears contenders.

Pace was asked about the timeline and how he went about acquiring Mack. We got a job to do.' I think that's the mark of Mr. [Reggie] McKenzie and Coach [Jon] Gruden bringing in the right kind of people.

And before that preparation began in earnest, Carr made sure to speak with his teammates in the aftermath the aftermath trade. "He's got a ways to go, so we'll keep working on that".


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