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Nate Irving | Linebacker

Team: Indianapolis Colts
Age / DOB:  (26) / 7/12/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 245
College: North Carolina State
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Colts signed ILB Nate Irving, formerly of the Broncos, to a three-year, $9.25 million contract.
A torn ACL cut Irving's 2014 season in half, but he was having a fine year before the injury. He finished 22nd out of 60 qualifiers in Pro Football Focus' inside linebacker rankings. Teams ran all over the Colts last season and Irving can help in that area. D'Qwell Jackson and Jerrell Freeman will hold down the fort at linebacker until Irving is healthy enough to contribute. Mar 20 - 11:39 AM

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Free agent ILB Nate Irving is visiting the Colts on Monday.

Irving visited the Cardinals last week. Irving was having a nice 2014 for the Broncos before tearing his ACL in November. He'd be a depth signing for the Colts who could contribute down the stretch.
Mar 16 - 2:24 PM

Free agent ILB Nate Irving is scheduled to visit the Cardinals.

The Cardinals aren't done at inside linebacker despite already agreeing to terms with Sean Weatherspoon. Irving won't be expensive as he comes off a November ACL tear. He brings run-stuffing ability to the table.
Mar 10 - 10:51 AM

ESPN's Bill Williamson suggests the Raiders could reunite free agent ILB Nate Irving with head coach Jack Del Rio.

Del Rio served as Irving's defensive coordinator in Denver. With Nick Roach's (concussion) future up in the air, the Raiders have incentive to sign a linebacker. We have Irving ranked eighth among free agent inside linebackers.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 24 - 11:18 AM

According to ESPN's Josina Anderson, free agent MLB Nate Irving is generating interest despite suffering an ACL injury in November.

A return to the Broncos seems unlikely given their other priorities this offseason, but there's always a market for elite run-stoppers. Irving was really hitting his stride before the injury, collecting a career-best 46 tackles in eight games. At age 26, the former NC State linebacker should have plenty left in the tank.
Feb 22 - 11:33 AM

Broncos placed MLB Nate Irving on injured reserve with a knee injury, ending his season.

LB Todd Davis has been claimed off waivers from the Saints in a corresponding roster move. The Broncos never revealed the full extent of Irving's Week 9 injury, but ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that the "initial diagnosis" was a sprained MCL. It's apparently more serious than that. Steven Johnson has seen the biggest increase in snaps in Irving's absence. Going on 26, Irving is headed to the open market. He's an able run stuffer.
Thu, Nov 13, 2014 05:07:00 PM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the "initial diagnosis" for Broncos MLB Nate Irving is a sprained MCL.

If further testing confirms, it will be a bullet dodged for the Broncos, as Irving looked like a player who was done for the season when he went down against the Patriots. Either way, Irving will be sidelined at least 2-4 weeks. Rookie Corey Nelson took Irving's place in Sunday's loss to New England.
Mon, Nov 3, 2014 01:47:00 PM

The Broncos fear MLB Nate Irving sustained a serious knee ligament injury in Sunday's loss at New England.

Irving got rolled up on by a teammate and was in severe pain. The Broncos will need fifth-round rookie Lamin Barrow or third-year man Steven Johnson to step up. Irving had been operating as an elite base-package run stuffer.
Source: Denver Post
Mon, Nov 3, 2014 08:07:00 AM

Broncos MLB Nate Irving was forced from Denver's Week 9 game against the Patriots with a right knee injury.

Irving got rolled up by a teammate in the fourth quarter, and was carted to the locker room. It had the looks of a serious injury. That would be very bad news for the Broncos' run defense.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 07:35:00 PM

Broncos MLB Nate Irving was forced from Sunday night's opener against the Colts with a lower leg injury, but later returned.

Irving only ended up missing one series after going down in the third quarter. The injury should be a non-issue moving forward.
Sun, Sep 7, 2014 10:32:00 PM

The Denver Post says fourth-year LB Nate Irving has earned the Broncos' starting middle linebacker job.

He'll be a two-down player with Von Miller and Danny Trevathan staying on the field in sub-packages, but it's still an accomplishment for 26-year-old Irving, who's been an NFL disappointment to this point in his career. This is also Irving's contract year. He finished last season with 41 tackles and one sack.
Source: Denver Post
Sun, Jun 22, 2014 02:35:00 PM

Nate Irving currently tops the Broncos depth chart at middle linebacker.

The Broncos have spent wildly to upgrade their defense, but they didn't get in on three-down middle linebackers like D'Qwell Jackson, Karlos Dansby, Jon Beason or Daryl Smith. So they're left with Irving, who has performed better as a strong-side linebacker than a "Mike" in his career. For now, he only has to beat out Steven Johnson and likely a draft pick to win the gig.
Source: Denver Post
Mon, Mar 17, 2014 09:00:00 AM

The Broncos will use a combination of Nate Irving, Robert Ayers and Jeremy Mincey to replace Von Miller (ACL tear).

Yes, it will take three men to fill the shoes of Miller. Irving will play strong-side linebacker on run downs, Ayers will be a pass-rusher and newly signed defensive end Mincey will see significant snaps as well. The Broncos' defense, already 22nd in both yardage and points allowed, are in a band-aid situation heading to the playoffs.
Source: Denver Post
Wed, Dec 25, 2013 09:12:00 AM

Nate Irving will open training camp as the Broncos' starting middle linebacker.

The Broncos released Joe Mays on Tuesday, so Irving enters training camp as the clear-cut starter. A third-round pick in 2011, Irving has been slow to develop but could be asked to take on an expanded role as a three-down linebacker with Von Miller facing a possible suspension.
Tue, Jul 23, 2013 09:27:00 PM

Broncos DC Jack Del Rio confirms Nate Irving will get the "first crack" at middle-linebacker duties.

It's just a matter of time before Joe Mays is released. "He's a bright guy, naturally a strong-handed guy," Del Rio said of Irving. "A thick guy." Stewart Bradley is the Broncos' only fallback option behind Irving after they decided not to address the position in last month's draft.
Tue, May 21, 2013 02:02:00 PM

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