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Bruce Irvin claims he couldn't reach his potential in Seattle

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He may have won a super Bowl and been part of one of the greatest defensive units in recent memory, but Seattle just wasn't the right place for Bruce Irvin.

The now Oakland Raiders star caused quite the stir when he made the move further down the west coast to Oakland, and many wondered why?

Time to see the real Irvin

Irvin became a sensation in Seattle as a linebacker on a defense that was the highest scoring in the league two years running on their way to consecutive Super Bowls.


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However speaking after his move to Oakland, Irvin has revealed that his place in Seattle wasn't where he wanted to be.

Irvin was a great linebacker but he now has his sights set on a new role in Oakland and believes that under new head coach Jack Del Rio, he can reach his full potential.

Aiming now to become one of the premier pass rushers in the league, Irvin is happy to be in a new system with new opportunities.

"I just want to be utilized more and get put in positions more to make plays. I really think Jack Del Rio and Ken Norton, Jr., are going to do a great job of really allowing me to do that." - Irvin on why he chose the Raiders

The former first-round pick hasn't exactly given opposing quarterbacks an easy time, with 11.5 sacks over the past two seasons.

But spending 19% of his career snaps in pass coverage is clearly too much for Irvin who embraces a new challenge.

Black and silver rising up

Irvin now moves to a franchise that has been widely dubbed as one on the rise following the acquisition of some great talent in recent years.

With quarterback Derek Carr and wide receiver Amari Cooper making headlines on offense, Irvin looks set to be one of their stars on defense.

Even more encouragingly for the Raiders, they look to be in a better position in an AFC West where the Denver Broncos have become significantly weaker since winning Super Bowl 50.

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