Bowman provides calming influence on Raiders defense

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) When Oakland played Kansas City for the first time this season, NaVorro Bowman still didn’t know all his Raiders teammates’ names, much less a brand new playbook.

After stepping right into the full-time middle linebacker spot that week just three days after signing with the Raiders, Bowman has expanded his role each week and is making a big impact on the defense that has showed signs of improvement of late.

“He’s had a calming influence,” coach Jack Del Rio said. “He loves to play. You feel him on game day. He’s very much in control. I think he’s been a calming influence for some of our younger players.”

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