No, a Bruce Springsteen concert did not break out on the Seahawks’ practice field Tuesday. It just sounded that way, because coach Pete Carroll was singing the praises of first-round draft choice Bruce Irvin after the fourth practice in the team’s Bing training camp.
But the play that had Carroll excited was one that showed once again that Irvin was born to run.
“Bruce probably had the best play of the day, chasing down a reverse and then flying up beside (wide receiver Deon Butler) and knocking the ball loose that was recovered for a fumble,” Carroll said.
It was an oh-yes ending to an oh-no play for Irvin, the pass-rushing end from West Virginia who was drafted to help turn up the heat on opposing quarterbacks this season.
“(He) got beat on the reverse then came back and took the football out of the guy’s hands because he is so fast,” Carroll said. “That factor is just obvious.”
In addition to drafting Irvin, the Seahawks also signed pass-rushing tackle Jason Jones in free agency to help a pass rush that produced 33 sacks last season – 11 from “Leo” end Chris Clemons and just 10 from the other linemen. Jones sat out Monday and Tuesday to rest a sore knee, but he is scheduled to be back on Thursday when the players return from their first off day of camp.
“I am really excited about what’s going on,” Carroll said. “It’s fast – these guys are fast now. Bruce has made an impression already. He has a million miles to go to learn how to take advantage of all that.”
But if Irvin has shown anything in the first four practices of camp, it’s that he’ll cover that million-mile journey very quickly.