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Nate Irving | Linebacker

Team: Denver Broncos
Age / DOB:  (26) / 7/12/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 245
College: North Carolina State
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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. Sep 7 - 10:32 PM

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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
Jun 22 - 2:35 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
Mar 17 - 9:00 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

The Denver Post expects LB Nate Irving to get "every chance" to win the Broncos' middle linebacker job.

Reporter Mike Klis made a similar proclamation in January, but that was before the Broncos didn't sign or draft any serious competition. A 2011 third-round pick, Irving has mostly played on the outside and special teams to this point in his career. Joe Mays is expected to be released, leaving Stewart Bradley as the Broncos' only fallback option behind Irving.
Source: Denver Post
Tue, May 7, 2013 05:27:00 PM

The Denver Post says LB Nate Irving will get a shot to earn a starting spot on defense this offseason.

Middle linebacker is his only option with Von Miller and Wesley Woodyard entrenched on the outside. Irving, a 2011 third-rounder, played mainly in an outside reserve role in 2012. Keith Brooking, 38, is a free agent after starting 15 games, and D.J. Williams and Joe Mays could be cut due to lofty cap numbers.
Source: Denver Post
Mon, Jan 28, 2013 11:16:00 AM

Broncos LB Nate Irving was forced from Sunday's game against the Texans with a concussion.

Obviously, he will not return. Irving remained down for several minutes after banging his head, but was eventually able to walk off the field under his own power. A special teamer and reserve linebacker, Irving has three tackles through three games.
Sun, Sep 23, 2012 05:44:00 PM

The Broncos have moved 2011 third-round pick Nate Irving from middle to strong-side linebacker.

Many observers expected last year's 67th overall draft pick to start in the middle as a rookie, but Irving never beat out Joe Mays and is now listed directly behind Von Miller on the depth chart. Mays is entrenched inside, with undrafted rookie Steven Johnson behind him. Feel free to drop Irving in IDP leagues.
Wed, Aug 29, 2012 03:22:00 PM

The Denver Post suggests the Broncos aren't ready to turn middle linebacker over to 2011 third-rounder Nate Irvin after all.

An early offseason report said the Broncos were high on Irving's "presence and potential," but he never got beyond special teams action as a rookie. Denver is hosting free agent Jameel McClain, who would be an ideal fit in the middle of Jack Del Rio's defense as a two-down run-thumper.
Source: Denver Post
Fri, Mar 16, 2012 09:51:00 AM

Sporting News' Andrew Mason suggests that the Broncos may be ready to turn over their starting middle linebacker job to Nate Irving in 2012.

The 67th overall pick in last year's draft, the Broncos are smitten with Irving's "presence and potential," per Mason, and he may very well have started games in 2011 if not for the lockout-shortened offseason. Denver instead stuck with Joe Mays, a two-down thumper who lacks Irving's range, playmaking ability, and cover skills. Mays may be allowed to sign elsewhere this spring.
Sun, Feb 12, 2012 04:12:00 PM

Rookie LB Nate Irving missed time in training camp with an ankle injury.

According to beat writer Lee Rasizer, the missed time "stunted his progress," but he's "beginning to assimilate the playbook and the defensive checks necessary at his position." Behind Joe Mays and Mario Haggan on the depth chart, Irving will begin making the climb back up.
Tue, Aug 30, 2011 09:35:00 PM

Rookie Nate Irving is listed as the Broncos' third-team middle linebacker on their preliminary preseason depth chart.

He's behind both Joe Mays and Mario Haggan. It isn't because Irving is a rookie, either; SLB Von Miller and FS Rahim Moore are both listed as starters, and TE Julius Thomas is seeing extensive action with the first team. Irving has four preseason games to win the job. Until then, he's not on the IDP radar.
Source: Denver Post
Mon, Aug 8, 2011 10:10:00 PM

Broncos signed No. 67 overall pick Nate Irving to a four-year contract.

Working in Irving's favor is his athleticism and the weakness in the middle of the Broncos' defense. Working against him is John Fox's age-old refusal to start rookies. Fox did do it with Jon Beason in Carolina, which makes us think he may move Irving along quickly as well. The former North Carolina State star and Bill Parcells favorite will battle veteran Joe Mays.
Thu, Jul 28, 2011 11:22:00 AM

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