Raiders linebacker Khalil Mack, who is entering his second season in the league, is prepared to take on a leadership role on the defense this season, per

Mack stood out last year during his rookie campaign, as he recorded 75 tackles, four sacks and a forced fumble. He wants to continue to produce this season and help bring his teammates up along with him.

"I was just talking to [Justin] Tuck about that; the fact (he wasn't practicing Friday) and I had to step into that position, especially being with the guys that we had, and step up, talk and bring that leadership role to the table," Mack said. "They really do listen, and I'm seeing that more and more every day. That's something that I have to learn as well."

Mack knows he will have to continue to work for the larger leadership role, but that won't stop him from striving to be a better teammate as well.

"It's something you have to adjust to, but the thing about being a leader is you have to be a teammate first," Mack said. "I'm just trying to be a good teammate and slowly, slowly go into that role."

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