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Khalil Mack to Raiders teammates: Don't lose your lottery ticket

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The message Khalil Mack had for his Oakland Raiders teammates as they adjourned for six weeks with the conclusion of minicamp on Thursday?

"I mean, when you think about it, you have a lottery ticket in your hand," Mack said.

"You can't trick it off on doing something stupid in the town, messing with this and that. It's all about being focused and remembering that lottery ticket that you got in your hand is that opportunity that you have to play and do great things and represent your last name."

Mack, the NFL's reigning defensive player of the year, has a point. Because for the past nine weeks, the Raiders have been involved in different phases of the team's offseason workout program, and distractions were limited.

But now, with no team activities until the Raiders report to Napa for training camp on July 28, temptations will rear their head, and Mack was essentially echoing the thoughts of Raiders coach Jack Del Rio.

"Make sure that you're taking care of your bodies so you arrive in camp ready to work," Del Rio said he told the team.

"So don't let all the good things we just did go away ... recharge your batteries a little bit."

And No. 2?

"Stay out of trouble," Del Rio added. "Be safe; make good decisions. That's what we expect of our guys all the time, but just a reminder. This time of year, more occurrences than ever happen this time of year. Just don't take any liberties. Don't take any chances. Don't take anything for granted. Appreciate where we are and the opportunity that we have and remember that it's all about the team."