The New Orleans Saints have a gem in defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker, but you know that if you watched him in action in Week 1 of the preseason against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Walker was a disruptive force, generating pressure on quarterbacks despite playing a position in a 3-4 defense that is not generally asked to do so.
Walker is now playing in his second new defensive scheme in as many years in the NFL as he attempts to learn Rob Ryan’s 3-4 defense and make the final roster. The good news is Walker’s efforts are getting noticed by Ryan himself according to Larry Holder of NOLA.com:
“He’s a try-hard guy who’s an outstanding athlete,” Ryan said. “He’s not the prettiest guy in the world, but he’s one hell of a football player.
“He’s getting better every day.”
Walker went on to talk with the media about his new role with the team and goals for this year:
The scheme thing isn’t too much of a big deal for me,” Walker said. “It’s the same techniques and much of the same things you always do from a D-line standpoint. All it was really about was getting down and learning the plays, how to convert the blitzes and do all of those things that we do.
“It’s a little more exotic, but at the end of the day, it’s almost the same thing.”
“All I can do is stay humble and work hard, listen to my coaches and listen to the veterans to take in the best advice each day,” Walker said.
We have seen this from Walker before and we know his great play will get rewarded. Walker has some bodies to fight through on the depth chart before he can make the final roster, but with the way he is picking up the new scheme paired with the fact he is versatile enough to play more than one spot means he should make the final roster.
Walker has what it takes to not only make the final, roster, but to play an important rotational role should the defense want to go that route.
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