Raiders' James Cowser heeding Khalil Mack's advice

From ESPN - August 12, 2017

NAPA, Calif. -- Khalil Mack, the reigning NFL defensive player of the year, took all three days of practice off this past week. So no, it does not look like the Oakland Raiders All-Pro edge-rusher will be suiting up for his team's preseason opener Saturday night at the Arizona Cardinals.

Instead, expect a healthy dose of James Cowser, who received Mack's first-team reps in practice, and a load of advice from Mack himself.

"He knows the game so well," Cowser said this week, recalling the different lessons Mack imparted.

From advising to not show his arm at the point of attack too early, to sitting a little lower in his rush, to shooting the gap, unless he picks something up from the offensive lineman's footwork that would suggest the play is going to go wide.

"And then it worked for me on the field," Cowser said.

"That's some savvy vet stuff right there. Khalil's the man. Bruce [Irvin] does it, too. All the vets on the team are very good about helping the young guys. It's a cutthroat game, but it's also, this is the team and they are trying to build up the defense."

Cowser, who did not make the initial 53-man roster last season as an undrafted rookie out of Southern Utah but stuck later and played in six games, has already drawn praise from his coaches this time around.

Jack Del Rio said Cowser was making the most of the time with Mack out.


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