Bruce Irvin
Bruce Irvin
31-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Carolina Panthers
2019 Fantasy Outlook
In 16 games split between the Raiders and Falcons last season, Irvin totaled 6.5 sacks, slightly elevating his seven-year career average. However, Irvin's overall production plummeted, as he racked up only 19 tackles, paling in comparison to his personal best of 58 the year prior. To get back on track, Irvin signed a one-year deal with the Panthers this offseason. Although Mario Addison, the team's sack leader over the last three seasons, and rookie first-rounder Brian Burns also feature at outside linebacker, Irvin should still get enough snaps to bring his tackling numbers up significantly while getting to the quarterback at his usual rate. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Panthers in March of 2019.
Headed to Carolina
LBCarolina Panthers
March 19, 2019
Irvin is signing a one-year contract with the Panthers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
Irvin split his 2018 campaign between Oakland and Atlanta, compiling 19 tackles and 6.5 sacks while playing all 16 games for a third straight year. He's landed between 5.5 and 8.0 sacks in six of his seven NFL seasons -- consistently useful but never quite dominant. The 31-year-old will provide some pass-rushing juice for a Carolina defense that managed just 35 sacks last season and then lost Julius Peppers (five sacks) to retirement.
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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Measurables Review
How do Bruce Irvin's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
6' 3"
 
Weight
250 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.50 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.03 sec
 
Cone Drill
6.70 sec
 
Vertical Jump
33.5 in
 
Broad Jump
123 in
 
Bench Press
23 reps
 
Hand Length
9.63 in
 
Arm Length
33.38 in
 
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33 days ago
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126 days ago
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IDP Analysis: Preseason Watch List – Outside Linebackers
July 19, 2018
Jim Coventry examines players who are in line to outproduce their expectations, this week focusing on outside linebackers including Steeler T.J. Watt.
Week 16: Gameday Injuries
Week 16: Gameday Injuries
December 24, 2017
December 24, 2017
With a host of notable absences at key positions and one very important return from suspension, Week 16 offers no shortage of important fantasy headlines. Juan Carlos Blanco guides you through the injury landscape heading into a crucial Week 16.
NFL Game Previews: Breaking Down the Christmas Games
December 21, 2017
Erik Siegrist previews the Christmas doubleheader as Nick Foles leads the Eagles in the nightcap against the visiting Raiders with an eye on home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Irvin's production has been consistent in his two years with the Raiders thus far, averaging 57.5 tackles, 7.5 sacks and five forced fumbles per season since 2016. Thanks to the offseason addition of fellow linebacker Tahir Whitehead, Irvin may be asked to drop back in coverage less as incoming defensive coordinator Paul Guenther hopes to have a more impactful pass-rushing presence alongside Khalil Mack in 2018.
Irvin, who spent the first four years of his career in Seattle where he won a Super Bowl, notched a career-high 57 tackles during his debut campaign with the Raiders in 2016. He also tied for the league-lead in forced fumbles with six, while racking up seven sacks in the process, as offensive lines were forced to focus more heavily on Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack at defensive end. With three years left on his contract, Irvin is slated to once again start at outside linebacker in 2017 for one of the league's top passing-rushing defenses on the exterior.
Irvin joins the Raiders after spending his first four seasons in the league with the Seahawks. The 28-year-old plays with a ballhawking mentality, boasting 22 sacks, four forced fumbles, three interceptions, two defensive touchdowns, and two fumble recoveries in 58 career games to date. He'll team up with Malcolm Smith and Khalil Mack to form one of the nastiest pass-rushing defenses in the league, making him late-round option in deep IDP leagues.
This is likely Irvin's last year in Seattle. The Seahawks declined to pick up his $7.8 million fifth-year option, which sent Irvin to Twitter to profanely express his disappointment. While he is probably the best pure athlete on a team blessed with great speed and quickness, he hasn't come close to living up to his status as the 15th overall draft pick in 2012. He's best as a situational pass rusher rather than an every-down strongside linebacker, where he totaled only 38 tackles last year (he added 6.5 sacks and two interceptions). But, Irvin's contract status is not just about performance -- he's also a victim of the salary cap. After investing in Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright, the Seahawks simply don't have cap room for another high-priced linebacker. Because of his freak athletic ability, he'll likely get paid next year in free agency, but by a team other than the Seahawks.
A 2012 first-round pick, Irvin appears to be a man without a position. He's at his best rushing the quarterback, but he's too small to play the run, which limits his snaps. The Seahawks moved him to OLB last season to keep him on the field more, but he was a bit overmatched, only keeping up thanks to his elite speed and athleticism. He's expected to need most of training camp to recover from hip surgery and could start the year on the PUP list. This is could be his last year in Seattle if the Seahawks need his (albeit relatively small) cap space next season.
Irvin set a Seahawks rookie record with eight sacks last season and
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Adds to sack total
LBAtlanta Falcons
December 24, 2018
Irvin had two solo tackles and a sack in Sunday's 24-10 win over the Panthers.
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Productive in 29 snaps
LBAtlanta Falcons
December 18, 2018
Irvin accounted for three tackles (one solo) and 1.5 sacks during Sunday's win over the Cardinals.
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Records first sack as a Falcon
LBAtlanta Falcons
December 10, 2018
Irvin recorded one tackle, a sack, in Sunday's loss to Green Bay.
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Will get on the field Sunday
LBAtlanta Falcons
November 9, 2018
Head coach Dan Quinn didn't provide an exact snap count, but he said that Irvin will play Sunday against Cleveland after being signed to the Falcons active roster earlier in the week, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.
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Reunites with Quinn in Atlanta
LBAtlanta Falcons
November 7, 2018
Irvin signed a one-year deal with the Falcons on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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