So, Bruce Irvin, what are you looking to get out of the first preseason game of your NFL career.
“Sacks,” the rookie defensive end answered with a chuckle. “Nah man, just have fun and play my game. Run around, have fun and make plays.”
That’s obviously what the Seahawks are hoping for out of Irvin, particularly once the season gets going for real next month. The Seahawks surprised a lot of folks by making the undersized but lightning-fast end a first-round pick in April, and starting Saturday Irvin hopes to show Seahawks fans that he was worth the No. 15 pick.
What’s odd is that, thanks to a three-way quarterback race, as well as this week’s addition of Terrell Owens, Irvin has been almost an afterthought in training camp. Now that isn’t the case if you’ve been actually watching him in practice, but the spotlight has for the most part avoided the man who could be one of Seattle’s most important additions.
“I don’t want to be talked about,” Irvin said. “I was talked about enough coming into the draft. When it’s my time to show what I can do, then I’m sure people will be talking about me. But being overlooked right now is fine with me. Give T.O. all the attention.”
If Irvin can play up to the potential he has shown, however, plenty of people will be talking about him soon enough, whether he likes it or not.
“Today I saw some stuff,” defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said. “We brought some pressure. We’ve been doing some different things where we’ve been looping him, and this time with our pressure, we’ve been bringing him off the edge, and I really felt him today. When they’ve got to worry about two linebackers coming inside, and he’s coming off the edge and the way he can run, you could really feel him in our blitz period today.”