The Associated Press' defensive player of the year for 2016, Mack had sacks in eight straight games during one stretch last season and finished with 11 — the All-Pro edge rusher's presence such that opponents sent multiple blockers his way but still didn't stop one of the NFL's elite defenders. He was part of 73 tackles, had his first career interception and touchdown, and forced five fumbles while recovering three.
And he did it all for a defense ranked 26th overall.
The 26-year-old Mack won last year's AP award for top defender by beating out 2016 Super Bowl MVP
The Raiders, whose move to Las Vegas was approved by owners last month, returned to the playoffs for the first time in 14 years and hope to build on a 12-4 season under coach
The team also announced Thursday that it will announce its third-day draft picks from the "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign next week, according to Raiders president Marc Badain.
Badain made the announcement during a gathering of the public entity overseeing the proposed 65,000-seat stadium the team wants to occupy in Las Vegas. NFL league owners approved the Raiders relocation last month. Badain says the team has received thousands of $100 deposits for personal seat licenses.
Guests of hotels and other lodging facilities in the Las Vegas area covering $750 million of the $1.9 billion project through a room tax increase. The Raiders won't pay any rent at the new stadium, according to the most recent draft of a lease agreement.
New York Giants defensive end
Speaking at a team availability Thursday, Pierre-Paul said surgeons fixed two spots in his abdomen and two in his groin in December.
The 28-year-old, who was signed to a four-year, $68-million contract in the offseason, said he is running and taking part in every activity at the team's OTAs, which started Tuesday. He isn't sure whether he will be ready for minicamp and training camp.
Pierre-Paul had his right hand mangled in a fireworks accident in July 2015. He missed half that season, but returned last year and had seven sacks in 12 games, prompting the team to designate him a franchise player.