ALAMEDA,CA (AP) - Rolando McClain is working on making himself more of a vocal presence around the Oakland Raiders defense. What the Raiders really need is for their former first-round pick to be a more physical presence on the field in his third season in the NFL.
McClain has yet to play up to the lofty billing he received as the eighth overall pick out of Alabama in the 2010 draft.
Instead of transforming a struggling defense, McClain has been part of the problems that have held the Raiders back the past two years.
With a new defensive scheme that better suits McClain's style and a focus on being more vocal, the Raiders are hoping for a breakthrough from McClain this season.