Falcons bolster pass rush by adding veteran Bruce Irvin | AP sports

Lynette Rowe
November 11, 2018

Irvin recorded 18 sacks in two-plus seasons with the Raiders. One of the areas that Atlanta has struggled tremendously this season is getting to the quarterback now being 27th with 17 sacks on the season while opposing quarterbacks hold a 102.5 passer rating. "I've been around, I've had success and I know what it takes to be successful".

Bruce Irvin is going to back to where he started. He signed a one-year deal with the Falcons on Wednesday, and while financial terms were not released, he is still owed $3.8 million from Oakland for the remainder of the season.

Irvin, who has 40 sacks and 15 forced fumbles in his career, has reunited with former Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.

The Falcons have talent along the defensive line, and it will be interesting to see how they plug Irvin into the mix.

While defensive end isn't a major need, the Patriots are always looking to improve and Irvin certainly would have helped. After the game, first-year coach Jon Gruden explained his decision to keep Irvin on the sidelines for most of the game. Irvin, who is an outside linebacker is also an effective pass rusher.

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The question for Atlanta will be are they capable of continuing to string together wins?

Irvin played just nine snaps in the Raiders' 34-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday night and was believed to be on the block prior to the trade deadline.

And his home is Atlanta, not Seattle.

And other National Football League teams knew it.

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