Khalil Mack says the people he disliked in the Las Vegas Raiders organization are gone and he is not really looking at their upcoming reunion as "a revenge game." In 2018, Mack was traded from the Raiders to the Chicago Bears after he and the Raiders failed to agree on a new deal.
After four seasons in Chicago, Mack was traded to the Los Angeles Chargers this offseason. In Week 1, the Chargers host the Raiders. "I mean the people that I didn't like probably aren't there anymore. I'll always have respect for the organization.
It has calmed down (from the first two meetings). It's still the same. You'll see," Mack said, per Joe Reedy.
I'll always have respect for the organization. It has calmed down (from the first two meetings). It's still the same. You'll see." — Joe Reedy (@joereedy) September 9, 2022
Mack on Derek Carr
Mack and Carr are from the same generation as the Raiders drafted both in the 2014 NFL draft.
Eight years later, both Mack and Carr are still in the NFL but the difference is that Carr is still with the organization that drafted him. When asked how he feels about Carr, Mack said he has always had nothing but respect and appreciation for his former teammate.
“That’s my brother,” Mack said of Carr. “I like to talk trash here and there. I feel like that’s a bond that can’t be broken when it comes to that, but come Sunday it’s on and poppin.'
He’s an ultimate competitor. One of the best in the game. Somebody that I highly respect when it comes to the leadership aspect, as well as the quarterback position”. Mack has a great level of respect for Carr, but they won't be friends when they meet this Sunday.
Mack is still considered as one of the premiere pass rushers in the NFL and he will be aiming to get to Carr as many times as possible in Week 1. It remains to be seen if Mack can help the Chargers beat the Raiders in his first game in Los Angeles