Bruce Irvin
Bruce Irvin
30-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Oakland Raiders
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Agreed to a four-year, $37 million contract with the Raiders in March of 2016.
Returns to team following personal matter
LBOakland Raiders
August 27, 2018
Irvin (personal) returned to the team Monday following an excused absence, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
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Irvin's absence is not at all related to any injury concerns. Oakland's versatile pass rusher figures to be fine for the season opener with the personal matter no longer a cause for absence.
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Snap Counts
  • 2018 Defensive Snaps:
    80
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    13
 
Def Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
927
76
2017
880
16
2018
80
13
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other LBs)

Height:   6' 3"
BELOW AVERAGE
Weight:   250 lbs
BELOW AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.50 sec
ELITE
Shuttle Time:   4.03 sec
ELITE
Cone Drill:   6.70 sec
ELITE
Arm Length:   33.38 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Hand Length:   9.63 in
BELOW AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   34 in
ELITE
Broad Jump:   123 in
ELITE
Bench Press:   23 reps
WEAK
Oakland Raiders Team Injury Report
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Absent from Friday's game
LBOakland Raiders
Personal
August 24, 2018
Irvin won't play in Friday's preseason game against the Packers. The Raiders relayed it's an "excused absence," Matt Schneidman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
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Freed to rush passer
LBOakland Raiders
March 17, 2018
Irvin sent out a tweet Saturday suggesting that he won't be asked to drop into coverage under new Raiders defensive coordinator Paul Guenther.
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Logs eight sacks in 2017
LBOakland Raiders
January 9, 2018
Irvin finished his 2017 campaign with 58 tackles, eight sacks, three passes defensed and four forced fumbles in 16 games.
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Three tackles in Week 16
LBOakland Raiders
December 27, 2017
Irvin logged three tackles (two solo) -- including two for a loss -- and broke up a pass in Monday's 19-10 loss to the Eagles.
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Active Monday
LBOakland Raiders
December 25, 2017
Irvin (concussion) is active for Monday's game at Philadelphia.
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