The Oakland Raiders are a trendy playoff pick for the 2016 season, largely on the strength of their holdover offensive talent and their offseason defensive overhaul. A key component of said overhaul was the acquisition of Bruce Irvin, who will play across from star pass-rusher Khalil Mack on the defensive line.
It didn’t take long for Irvin to make his presence known as a Raider. On New Orleans’ third play from scrimmage, Irvin came up from behind Drew Brees and gave the Raiders their first red-zone opportunity of the season.
Yeah, that’s a little bit of a coverage sack, as it took Irvin four seconds before he got to Brees and knocked the ball out of his hands, but it counts all the same. The Raiders certainly hope to see a whole lot of that throughout this season as they try to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2002.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / WATCH: Bruce Irvin announces his Raiders arrival with sack, strip