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Experience helps McClain play faster for Raiders

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NAPA, Calif. — Now that Rolando McClain no longer has to spend his time thinking about being in the right place and worrying about getting his teammates into the correct defense, the Oakland Raiders hope he'll be able to make even more big plays.

With a year of experience as an NFL middle linebacker under his belt, McClain hopes to be able to get to the ball faster, disrupt offenses more often and become the big-play linebacker the Raiders hoped they added when they drafted him seventh overall in 2010.

McClain said there were only a couple of games as a rookie where he felt truly comfortable with his knowledge of the defense and could attack the opposition instead of just react. It's a different case already this summer.