ALAMEDA, Calif. — Let Bruce Irvin explain what he felt a few weeks ago, when it became official that Marshawn Lynch would come out of retirement to join the Oakland Raiders.
“I was stoked,” Irvin, a linebacker headed into his second season with the Raiders, told USA TODAY Sports this week following a mini-camp practice.
Irvin and Lynch won Super Bowl XLVIII as teammates with the Seattle Seahawks, who swapped late-round picks in 2018 with the Raiders to facilitate Beast Mode’s opportunity to play in his hometown.
“I would’ve been stoked either way, whether he was back in Seattle or here,” Irvin added. “I’m just glad he’s back in the game.”
Lynch, 31, has looked quick and sharp during the non-contact drills of minicamp. But beyond that, it is so evident in watching him interact during practices that he is meshing well with new teammates.
That’s hardly a shock.
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