Dec 9, 2012, Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin (51) defends against the Arizona Cardinals during the third quarter at CenturyLink Field. Seattle defeated Arizona, 58-0. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks Want To Use Bruce Irvin At Linebacker


Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin was suspended for the first 4 years of the 2013 season for PEDs, reportedly Adderall. When they brought Irvin in on passing downs he was extremely effective leading all rookies with sacks, 8, last year. And that was as a part time pass rusher.

So the Seahawks are finding more ways to get him on the field more often, including lining him up at outside linebacker.

“He’s extremely versatile, and that’s why we’ve loved him from the start,” Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said, via the Tacoma News Tribune. “He’s really fast. He’s 250 pounds, and he’s exactly fitting the right kind of body type to play outside backer in the 3-4 system.

“We’re a 4-3 personnel system that plays 3-4 looks. He’s extremely valuable for us.”

He’ll compete with Malcom Smith for the starting job in training camp. If he loses out on that battle, Carroll will most likely continue to used Irvin as a pass rusher on third down situations.

Irvin has handled his suspension situation well apologizing to fans and teammates for his mistakes.

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