Some people, us included, had visions of Bruce Irvin crushing Peyton Manning in the Preseason Week 2 matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos. We thought this could be Irvin’s coming out party. It was in some ways. In others, it wasn’t.
Irvin did get a hit in on Manning (as you can see here if you go to the 1:45 mark). It was really more of a graze on Manning than an all out hit. While Irvin didn’t ultimately end up with a sack in the game, one thing we can see from the play is that he is learning new ways to get past offensive linemen. The play was the first time Irvin made it to the quarterback in his professional career.
Manning bounced up after the play showing no effects of the injury that kept him out of football for one season.
Before the hit, Irvin used a vicious club move, as opposed to his spin move, to knock the OL down. Through two Preseason games, has had trouble disengaging from offensive linemen when he gets locked up. He came to Seattle with an almost patented spin move he developed at WVU.
Opposing offensive linemen in the NFL know about the move and how to stop it. If Irvin develops a repertoire of moves, he could be a force to reckon with.
He recorded no tackles, but did have a few QB hurries in the game. The Seahawks won 30-10 to stay undefeated in the Preseason.