The Raiders have moved on from yet another pass rusher.
Oakland announced Saturday it has cut defensive end Bruce Irvin after he played just nine snaps for the Raiders in their Thursday loss to the 49ers.
“We would like to thank Bruce Irvin for his years of service to the Oakland Raiders and we wish him the best,” general manager Reggie McKenzie said, via The Athletic.
Raiders make it official. “We would like to thank Bruce Irvin for his years of service to the Oakland Raiders and we wish him the best,” General Manager Reggie McKenzie said.
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Irvin, 31, played just 23 snaps the week before and has slowly been taken out of the defensive plan under new head coach Jon Gruden. He’s recorded just three sacks in eight games on the season after a combined 15 over the last two years.
In Irvin’s previous two seasons with the Raiders, Oakland played a 3-4 defense under head coach Jack Del Rio with Irvin as an outside linebacker in that scheme. In Gruden’s regime, the Raiders have been running a 4-3 which puts Irvin in as a defensive end, which Gruden was not a fan of as he likes Irvin in on pass-rushing downs as part of the team’s nickel package.
“Well, last night we weren’t in our nickel defense very much,” Gruden said Friday, via NBC Sports. “Remember we’re a 4-3 team, we’re not a 3-4. So in the base defense, sometimes he doesn’t fit the role that we need done. No disrespect to Bruce. He’s an edge rusher. We haven’t had a lead. We haven’t had the opposition behind in the chains a lot. So his role has been reduced.”
Irvin was a first-round pick by the Seahawks in 2012 where he spent four seasons.