Bruce Irvin has been a big part of Seattle's defense in each of the past two games after being elevated from the practice squad, including a start in last week's win over the Giants.
So it hardly comes as a surprise that Irvin has been signed to the 53-man roster ahead of Seattle's Week 9 game in Arizona.
Irvin, who was Seattle's first-round pick in 2012, is in his third stint with the team, having also spent 2020 with the Seahawks before having that season cut short by a knee injury.
Irvin signed to Seattle's practice squad last month, then was elevated for the past two games. In last week's win over the Giants, Irvin started at outside linebacker and played 72 percent of the snaps. He recorded two tackles, one for a loss, but his impact in that game was much bigger, as he was a nuisance in the backfield, just missing on multiple sacks, and also helped set the edge in run defense to support a team effort that limited Saquon Barkley to just 53 yards on 20 carries.
"It is a statement about his preparation and just his ability and athleticism to be able to hold on," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said of Irvin contributing so much so soon after signing. "He looked great. He really could have had an enormous game, it was right within his hands. He could have had a couple of sacks and the big play that he made in the backfield, it was a great showing."
Irvin's experience has also been beneficial in the locker room.
"He just jumped right in," Carroll said. "He has a way about him, his toughness, his mentality, his expectations for himself and how he wants to practice, perform, learn, and all of that really affected guys. We've seen this, we have had a couple of really good examples of guys coming in, older guys that bring a presence that affects other guys. Guys can feed off it, learn, watch, and they show immediate respect which is really the right way to do it. He has been helpful so far."
The Seahawks had an open spot on the 53-man roster, having waived cornerback Sidney Jones IV earlier in the week, so no corresponding move was needed.
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