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Discussion: Will Bruce Irvin make a difference in the Detroit Lions’ pass rush?

It appears Bruce Irvin will make his Detroit Lions debut against the New Orleans Saints. How big of a different will he make, though?

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The Detroit Lions are in need of a defensive spark. They’ve been one of the worst teams on that side of the ball over the past six weeks, and the problems are multifaceted. The pass rush isn’t getting to the quarterback fast enough, and on the rare occasions that it is, the Lions coverage hasn’t been sticky enough—allowing quarterbacks to get rid of the ball before the danger comes.

The Lions have had 10 days to figure out any schematic or personnel changes they want to make. It remains to be seen if Detroit will make any noticeable changes on that front.

But one thing we do know, thanks to Saturday’s transactions, is that veteran pass rusher Bruce Irvin will almost certainly make his Lions debut against the New Orleans Saints this week. Irvin was elevated from the practice squad on Saturday but his role is a bit unknown at the moment.

So today’s Question of the Day is:

Will Bruce Irvin make a difference vs. the Saints?

My answer: Hanging your hopes on a 36-year-old igniting a dormant pass rush seems like setting yourself up for disappointment.

Don’t get me wrong, Irvin was a stud back in the day and was good enough to start 10 games for the Seattle Seahawks last year. He’s a diligent worker, and a Dan Campbell guy through and through. He was even able to tally two pressures in seven of 12 games played—including four in the Wild Card game against the 49ers.

But we’ve seen this kind of thing before. Detroit added 37-year-old Dwight Freeney toward the end of the 2017 season, and he failed to tally a sack in five games.

That’s not to say I oppose the Irvin addition. By all means, try anything and everything to give that defensive line a spark. You’re currently getting nothing in terms of pass rush from the likes of Romeo Okwara, Julian Okwara, Charles Harris, and company, so the Lions’ heart is in the right place. I’m just not expecting much.

What do you think about Irvin’s debut? Will he be noticeable against the Saints? Scroll down to the comment section and offer your thoughts.

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