A four-year player at San Jose State University, it’d be more than fair to call Isaiah Irving a hard worker, a player who grinds, and someone you can count on: a role player.
Irving, in playing for a non-powerhouse football school such as San Jose State, never wholly impressed as a highly-touted dominant edge rusher. Aside from a 2016 senior season where he was an honorable mention on the All-Mountain West team (7 sacks, 11 tackles for loss), he never consistently stuffed the stat sheet or even took over a game either. Instead, he just did his job, which in the grand scheme of things may have meant the most to him and his team at the probable apex of his football career.
Now, the inexperienced Irving will have to make the transition to the NFL with the Chicago Bears. A slow build to eventual production at the professional level like he did in college isn’t out of the question. It’s whether he’ll even have the consistent opportunity to attempt to get better over time in the same fashion.
Weight: 255 pounds
As an undrafted free agent attempting to carve out his place with the Bears, Irving is currently working on a contract with no guaranteed money. According to Over The Cap, he signed a three-year deal with the Bears worth $1,665,000 in total. Should he make Chicago’s roster, he will earn $465,000 in 2017. Irving has no signing bonuses.
Simply put, it can only get better for Irving once the Bears hit Bourbonnais. A non-polished prospect such as him has all the room in the world to improve and make his mark. As an outside linebacker with some pass-rushing…
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