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DT Seymour a catalyst for improved Raiders

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By Dan Parr

DT Richard Seymour had some reservations about joining the Raiders when he was dealt from the Patriots prior to last season, but he has fully embraced a leadership role and observers say he's one of the players most responsible for the team's improvement in 2010. Seymour, who already has more sacks than he did last season, has been a disruptive force on the defensive line, and he has had a significant impact on fellow starting DT Tommy Kelly. Kelly had long been considered an underachiever, but Seymour's business-like approach has rubbed off on Kelly, who has a career-high five sacks this season and is playing much closer to the potential Oakland saw in him when it signed him to a deal that made him the highest-paid D-tackle in the league in early 2008. Offensive lines are focusing on keeping Kelly and Seymour from penetrating into the backfield, and Oakland's defensive ends are getting frequent favorable matchups off the edge because of it.

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