The Denver Broncos haven’t gotten much out of Demarcus Walker yet, but the new coaching staff is giving him plenty of opportunities.
Since being drafted in 2017, DeMarcus Walker has not generated a ton of production for the Denver Broncos. He has recorded just 11 tackles and two sacks in 13 career games.
Now, the Denver Broncos are allowing him to show what he’s got. As with many positions on the team, the Broncos are putting different guys in with the first and second-team offense and defense, including Walker at defensive end.
A year ago, before the 2018 NFL season, Walker bulked up in hopes of rebounding from a poor rookie season. He added weight to better fit his transition to the defensive line.
As a linebacker, you would want to have a combination of added muscle but not so much that you are extremely high on the weight scale. Linebackers need that flexibility to move around easier.
As a defensive lineman, the added weight and muscle is beneficial. You need that strength to push through opposing offensive linemen to get to the quarterback.
Walker could fit in nicely in Vic Fangio’s defense. It requires players to move around and try to confuse offenses.
Walker will be a backup to Derek Wolfe and Adam Gotsis, with rookie Dre’Mont Jones also in the mix. Jones is able to play any position across the defensive line.
Something else to note is the attention Walker has drawn. Former Denver Broncos safety Steve Atwater said that Walker has impressed him so far during training camp.
When it’s all said and done, all players need is an opportunity in the right situation. Walker’s first couple of seasons as a Bronco were not the ideal situation for him nor the team. Hopefully, he will be able to thrive under the new coaching staff headlined by Vic Fangio and Ed Donatell.