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Nate Irving | Linebacker | #56

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (28) / 7/12/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 253
College: North Carolina State
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 3 (67) / DEN
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Colts released ILB Nate Irving.
This comes as a surprise as Irving was expected to start at inside linebacker opposite D'Qwell Jackson. Now it appears that role will be filled by Sio Moore, assuming he can shake off a nagging hamstring injury. Despite injury red flags, the 28-year-old should resurface quickly. Sep 3 - 2:25 PM

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ESPN Colts reporter Mike Wells said ILB Nate Irving saw the majority of the first-team snaps during the offseason program.

Irving struggled to stay in shape last year coming off a 2014 ACL tear, but he reportedly lost nearly 30 pounds over the offseason. Now in shape and healthy, Irving looks like the favorite for the starting job opposite D'Qwell Jackson. Sio Moore is also in the mix.
Jul 21 - 11:53 AM

Colts ILB Nate Irving has lost nearly 30 pounds this offseason.

Coming off a 2014 ACL tear, Irving struggled to stay in shape last season, weighing in at around 260 pounds. "My weight ballooned up and that has affects on your knee and your muscles around it," Irving said. "[My knee] feels way better. I’m not as sluggish. I feel great." Now close to full health, Irving will battle Sio Moore for the starting job opposite D'Qwell Jackson.
Source: colts.com
May 30 - 12:23 PM

Nate Irving and Sio Moore will compete for a starting spot at inside linebacker.

D'Qwell Jackson is locked in as one of the starters, leaving the other inside linebacker job up for grabs. Irving specializes in stopping the run while Moore is more athletic and can pressure the quarterback. Irving wasn't himself last year after suffering a torn ACL in 2014, but coach Chuck Pagano said he's looked much healthier at OTAs.
Source: colts.com
May 17 - 8:46 PM

The Indy Star's Stephen Holder believes ILB Nate Irving is the "guy to watch" as the Colts look to replace Jerrell Freeman.

Freeman signed a three-year deal with Chicago in free agency. Irving played just 106 snaps last season coming off a torn ACL in 2014, but he should be back to full health this season. A solid all-around linebacker with the Broncos, Irving coming back healthy could help fill one of the biggest holes on the roster.
Mar 22 - 10:57 AM

Nate Irving and Sio Moore top the Colts' list of in-house replacements for Jerrell Freeman.

Freeman landed a three-year deal with Chicago on Saturday, leaving big shoes to fill at inside linebacker. The Colts signed Irving as an insurance policy for D'Qwell Jackson last offseason but knee and wrist injuries limited him to 106 snaps. The Colts could address their need in free agency by signing someone like James Laurinaitis or Stephen Tulloch.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 13 - 9:01 AM

Colts ILB Nate Irving (knee) believes he will be ready Week 1.

Irving has been participating in team drills in camp and could see action in the team's fourth preseason game. D'Qwell Jackson and Jerrell Freeman should open the year as the starters inside, but Irving should see plenty of snaps in a situational role. Irving tore his ACL last November.
Source: colts.com
Sat, Aug 29, 2015 09:35:00 AM

The Colts plan to use ILB Nate Irving (knee) in a situational role.

"I think he’ll find a way on the field," LB coach Jeff FitzGerald said. "He fits perfectly. He’ll work in some specific packages and he’ll be the starter in those packages." D’Qwell Jackson and Jerrell Freeman project to get the majority of snaps inside, with Irving playing on run downs. Irving is in the final stages of his ACL recovery. The Colts expect Irving to be cleared for individual drills next week.
Sat, Aug 8, 2015 05:40:00 PM

Colts ILB Nate Irving (ACL) could be ready for the start of training camp.

Coach Chuck Pagano said Irving is "ahead of schedule." Signed to a three-year deal in March, Irving should provide an early-down run stopper to complement D'Qwell Jackson and Jerrell Freeman when healthy.
Source: colts.com
Sat, Jun 27, 2015 08:59:00 PM

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.
Fri, Mar 20, 2015 11:39:00 AM

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.
Mon, Mar 16, 2015 02:24:00 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.
Tue, Mar 10, 2015 10:51:00 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
Tue, Feb 24, 2015 11:18:00 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.
Sun, Feb 22, 2015 11:33:00 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

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