Former Raiders starting pass rusher re-joins Khalil Mack with the Bears.
The Raiders had Bruce Irvin and Khalil Mack before they had Maxx Crosby and Yannick Ngakoue as their pass-rushing duo.
They combined for 36.5 sacks between 2016 and 2017, forming a formidable duo.
The pairing was unfortunately short-lived for the team, as Mack was traded before the 2018 season and Irvin was released during the season.
After three and a half years apart, the two have reunited.
The Chicago Bears are expected to sign Irvin, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Bruce Irvin, a veteran pass rusher, has signed with the (hashtag)Bears, according to a source.
Some extra help on the edge with Khalil Mack hurt.
November 18, 2021 — Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet)
Mack is currently injured, but the two are back on the same team and could return to the field soon.
After only playing two games for the Seattle Seahawks in 2020, Irvin has been out of the league this season.
He had zero sacks last season, but 8.5 with the Carolina Panthers in only 13 games this season.
As a pass rusher, he should still be effective.
He had his best years playing with Mack, and he hoped the two could rekindle their friendship.
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Crosby Is The NFL’s Best Pass Rusher
The Raiders’ pass rush was completely decimated when Mack and then Irvin were released.
During the previous three seasons, the defense was unable to get after the quarterback.
Crosby, on the other hand, has been playing like he’s been possessed this season.
He has the best pass-rush grade in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus.
This season’s best pass-rushing grades pic.twitter.comWkT7qtIEQF
16 November 2021 — PFF (@PFF)
Ngakoue has also been a force to be reckoned with, ranking as the NFL’s 21st best pass rusher.
Crosby and Ngakoue have both outperformed Mack as pass rushers this season.
It took a while, but the Raiders appear to have figured out their pass-rushing problems.
The fact that Crosby is only 24 and Ngakoue is 26 adds to the excitement.
For years to come, the two should be a formidable duo.
It could be an even more potent combination than Irvin and…
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