Monday December 22nd, 2014

Count Oakland Raiders free safety Charles Woodson among those praising rookie linebacker Khalil Mack.

"That guy's going to be special," Woodson said Monday morning, a day after Mack enjoyed arguably the best game of his first season against the Buffalo Bills. Mack had five tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss and three quarterback hits as the Raiders defeated the Bills 26-24.

Mack's four sacks this season are tied for fifth among rookies, while his 73 tackles are 10th.

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Woodson echoed Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck's comments about Mack following Sunday's game.

"That's my guy," Tuck said, according to the San Jose Mercury News. "I can remember being the youngster and guys like (Hall of Famer Michael) Strahan looking at me the same way. ... Watching some of the things he's able to do, it's exciting. Because I know what kind of player he can turn into."

The Raiders drafted Mack fifth overall out of Buffalo in this year's draft.

Oakland (3-12) will end the season on Sunday with a trip to the Denver Broncos.

Mike Fiammetta

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