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1 month ago

Broncos LB Nate Irving suffered an MCL sprain in Sunday's loss to the Patriots. The injury regularly forces players out for at least several games. Irving's recent playing time has made him basically a non-factor in IDP leagues. His absence, though, figures to either move OLB Brandon Marshall to the middle in base packages or create an opportunity for rookie Lamin Barrow. We'll see what the plan is going forward. Don't plan to use anyone beyond Marshall and Von Miller in fantasy.

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The Denver Post reports that Broncos LB Nate Irving has won the MLB job.  That might be a win by default, considering the competition has been Jamar Chaney, Steven Johnson and rookie Lamin Barrow.  Chaney once looked like a promising young player with the Eagles but quickly washed out in Philly after that and has turned into a special-teamer and backup.  Irving disappointed through his 1st 3 seasons, failing to win a starting job after the Broncos drafted him in Round 3.  But it could be telling that they let Wesley Woodyard walk in free agency and elected not to pursue any stronger MLB competition or insurance.  Irving might settle into a 2-down role, though he showed some 3rd-down potential in college.  He defensed 15 passes over his final 2 seasons at N.C. State and grabbed 4 INTs as a sophomore 1st-time starter in 2008.  We'll see how the Broncos define his role this summer before settling on his final spot in the 2014 IDP rankings. For now, Irving looks like an end-of-draft flier or waiver-watch type in the average IDP format.

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LB Nate Irving tops the Broncos' initial depth chart at MLB, as expected.  Beat writer Mike Klis reports, however, that if LB Von Miller's suspension holds up, Irving could begin the season at Miller's strong-side OLB spot.  That would hurt Irving's IDP value a bit early in the season, though he'd likely still remain on the field for passing situations.  Irving looks like a nice late-round sleeper to stash as an LB4 or LB5 on your IDP fantasy football team.  Stewart Bradley would start in the middle if Irving stepped outside.

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1 year ago

Mike Klis of The Denver Post says the Broncos' MLB job is "there for the taking" for Nate Irving.  The 3rd-year man out of N.C. State has developed slowly so far.  His rookie year coincided with the lockout, which obviously meant a lot less prep time.  Then came a holdout over his contract and an injury in that first training camp.  Irving still saw minimal playing time in 2012 but tied for the lead in special teams tackles.  Now Denver has let D.J. Williams and Keith Brooking walk via free agency.  The Broncos did sign LB Stewart Bradley, but his $1.1 million 1-year deal makes him look like an insurance policy.  They'd like Irving to beat Bradley and Steven Johnson for the job.  If he does, he'll carry significant IDP upside and be worth at least an LB4 slot.

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3 years ago

Rookie MLB Nate Irving worked with the 2nd-team in Saturday's exhibition game, with veteran Mario Haggan shifted to SLB. Haggan had been ahead of Irving at MLB but moved this week to his 3rd position of camp. Joe Mays remains the MLB starter, a job he has yet to hold through a full NFL season. Irving is the highest-upside play in the group and could be worth a late-round flier in deeper redraft leagues. For most IDP owners, he's a waiver-wire guy to watch.

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