New Raiders pass rusher Khalil Mack will be exciting to watch in his rookie year. Unless you’re an opposing quarterback anyway.
Mack’s got his eye on a few specific ones too: he filled in for Peter King at TheMMQB.com on Monday and wrote he’s added Peyton Manning and Tom Brady to the list of quarterbacks (along with Blake Bortles of the Jaguars) he wants to sack.
“I think I have a couple guys on my sack list: AFC West resident Peyton Manning, fellow Class of 2014 member Blake Bortles, and I’ve got to put Tom Brady on there,” Mack writes. “Brady is going to pass the ball more than 36 times a game, so that’s a lot of opportunities for me.”
Naming those two guys (and Bortles!) is probably a sign of respect more than anything from Mack. He clearly wants to get after the two biggest names in quarterbacking over the past decade plus.
But it’s also kind of bold for a rookie to target a pair of legends like Manning and Brady. You have to think they’ll appreciate the nod while also kind of wondering why a rookie pass rusher’s coming after them. Such is life at the top of the mountain.