Bowman provides calming influence on Raiders defense

Lakana - 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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