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Bears’ Khalil Mack feeling great in first training camp with Chicago

Khalil Mack

Khalil Mack may have played the entire 2018 campaign with the Chicago Bears, but he did not spend training camp with the club.

Mack was dealt to the Bears from the Oakland Raiders shortly before last season began, so this summer actually marks his first offseason in Chicago.

Not only that, but Mack didn’t even participate in training camp with the Raiders last summer due to a contract dispute with the club, but this time around, Mack is able to practice with his teammates, and he is loving it:

“It seems so long ago now,” Mack said, according to Larry Mayer of the Bears’ official team website. “You could say I was antsy because I love the game. That is the hardest part, to be away from the game. My agent didn’t want me to say that at the time—you know what I mean—but I love the game and it was real hard to stay away from it for so long. This year, back in the grind, it feels great.”

The 28-year-old is coming off of a season in which he played 14 games and registered 47 tackles, 12.5 sacks, an interception, six forced fumbles, a couple of fumble recoveries and a defensive touchdown en route to a Pro Bowl appearance and a First-Team All-Pro selection.

“[The practices] have been very beneficial,” he said. “Just conditioning-wise, mentally. Just getting back into the game, getting back into the grind and putting the pads on and hitting guys. It’s always beneficial and it’s going to go a long way throughout the season as well.”

The Bears won 12 games and captured the NFC North division title this past year.