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    During his time at Florida State, defensive end DeMarcus Walker played at 280 pounds. As a senior, he recorded 16 sacks at that weight on the defensive line. When he arrived in Denver, the second-r…


    By: Jon Heath | 24 hours ago

    During his time at Florida State, defensive end DeMarcus Walker played at 280 pounds. As a senior, he recorded 16 sacks at that weight on the defensive line.

    When he arrived in Denver, the second-round pick was asked to trim down and transition to outside linebacker after Shane Ray and Shaq Barrett went down with injuries last offseason. The transition did not go well.

    Walker struggled with the Broncos as a linebacker, recording just four tackles and no sacks through the first 16 games of the season. When the Broncos finally moved him back to defensive end for their season finale, Walker looked more comfortable, recording three tackles and a sack.

    Now, entering his second season in the NFL, Walker will gain weight and stay at defensive end. He’s up to 272 pounds and is likely aiming to get back to 280 pounds.


    DeMarcus Walker

    @livinglegend_44
    Ya boy weighed in at 272 today, almost back to my normal weight��

    2:35 PM - May 10, 2018
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    Walker played at 250 pounds last season, defensive line coach Bill Kollar told Mile High Report’s Jeffrey Essary at the Senior Bowl in January. That means Walker has already gained 22 pounds this offseason.

    Derek Wolfe, Denver’s best defensive end, plays at 285 pounds.
    I think while a lot of people understood the move I know I did not like it.

    Glad he is moving back to DE
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    He probably should have gained weight from 280 to play DE last season. Where on earth did this staff get the idea that making a rookie lose 30lbs to play out of position was smart?

    If he can play well and pass rush like he did in college, oh man. Our Dline will be stacked.
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    • #3
      I am not sure what I disliked more...
      Walker's switch to OLB or his (rookies in general) lack of playing time?

      Most likely both, but then again I'm not a coach so what do I know. Sigh.

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      • #4
        Weight isn't the issue. The issue is moving a player from one position where he was successful to another position, finally discovering your mistake, and then moving that player, again. Now we are hearing that Von Miller has been moved from working with the linebackers to working with Bill Kollar and the Defensive linemen WHILE Chubb is being asked to work with the linebackers. It's like these people are just making things up as they go along.

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        • #5
          Are people ignoring the injuries that prompted the switch just so they have an excuse to piss and moan about the coaches?

          They needed an OLB and tried him. Get over it.

          Now we’ll get to see what he can do at the position he was drafted to play.

          If injuries happen again at OLB, hopefully they will find a different solution.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by broncolee View Post
            Are people ignoring the injuries that prompted the switch just so they have an excuse to piss and moan about the coaches?

            They needed an OLB and tried him. Get over it.

            Now we’ll get to see what he can do at the position he was drafted to play.

            If injuries happen again at OLB, hopefully they will find a different solution.
            Why use a rookie for that reason, though?

            And do we have no depth at DE now and that's why Von is practicing with Kollar? I'm generally supportive of the coaching staff but you havw to admit they've done some odd things lately.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by broncolee View Post
              Are people ignoring the injuries that prompted the switch just so they have an excuse to piss and moan about the coaches?
              It was a dumb decision. I think that's probably why the fans and media moan about that. I hope they don't feed him a bunch of lasagna and move him to nose tackle if Domata Peko gets injured.
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              • #8
                Originally posted by Houshmazode View Post
                Why use a rookie for that reason, though?

                And do we have no depth at DE now and that's why Von is practicing with Kollar? I'm generally supportive of the coaching staff but you havw to admit they've done some odd things lately.
                Who else was there?

                It’s better to switch someone early rather than wait until they are entrenched in another position.

                285 is light for a 3-4 defensive lineman. It’s not too light but it’s still light. It wasn’t unreasonable for the coaches to see if he could be an OLB since they needed one. They will likely not try to switch him again since they now know he’s not good enough to play whatever position they ask of him.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by broncolee View Post
                  Who else was there?
                  Dwight Freeney.

                  He only signed with the Seahawks in October and had 3 sacks in 4 games, while Shaq Barrett had 4 sacks in 16 games.

                  The Denver Channel's Troy Renck "wouldn't be surprised" if the Broncos check in on free agent Dwight Freeney.

                  The Broncos are looking for an edge rusher with Shane Ray (wrist) and Shaq Barrett (hip, active/NFI) sidelined. There haven't been any updates on Freeney since early June, but he's made it clear he's open to playing this season. 37-year-old Freeney was productive as a situational pass rusher in Atlanta last season, posting three sacks and four TFLs on 416 snaps. Free agents Mario Williams, Trent Cole, and Paul Kruger are also veteran options.

                  Fri, Jul 28, 2017

                  Source: Troy Renck on Twitter
                  It would have been way better than wasting Walker's season at OLB and asking him to lose weight.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by -Rod- View Post
                    Dwight Freeney.

                    He only signed with the Seahawks in October and had 3 sacks in 4 games, while Shaq Barrett had 4 sacks in 16 games.



                    It would have been way better than wasting Walker's season at OLB and asking him to lose weight.
                    Why would Freeney or any of the other vets named have signed with Denver?

                    Why wouldn’t they have waited for a contender?

                    Freeney probably preferred a 4-3 just like Mario Williams would have.

                    Do we know that the Broncos didn’t inquire about Freeney? Maybe they did and realized he wasn’t an option for them because they weren’t an option for him.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by broncolee View Post
                      Why would Freeney or any of the other vets named have signed with Denver?

                      Why wouldn’t they have waited for a contender?
                      Money? Play for the Super Bowl 50 champs, opposite Von Miller?

                      Freeney was rotting on the couch and only got signed in October. Back in February, he told Tom Pelissero he decided to play one more season and was just waiting for an opportunity. The Broncos were not considered a bad team back in July, before the regular season started. We won Super Bowl 50 and then finished 9-7 in 2016. There was no reason to avoid the Broncos, especially when you are a pass rusher with a chance to play with Von Miller.

                      After the Seahawks waived him, he was claimed by the Lions, who were a pretty average team last season, finishing 9-7, and he had no issues with it, saying he was excited to have an opportunity to continue playing.

                      And Freeney was just one example among many names that could have played OLB instead of Walker. We signed Kasim Edebali in the offseason. He could have been the #4 OLB. There were many options which would have made more sense. There are no arguments to defend that mistake.
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                      • #12
                        I hope Gotsis is innocent.

                        With Von and Chubb and Wolve and Gotsis, Walker could become an impact player.
                        The beatings will continue until morale improves....

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                        • #13
                          Hopefully the Broncos set this kid up for success after almost ruining him last season.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by -Rod- View Post
                            Money? Play for the Super Bowl 50 champs, opposite Von Miller?

                            Freeney was rotting on the couch and only got signed in October. Back in February, he told Tom Pelissero he decided to play one more season and was just waiting for an opportunity. The Broncos were not considered a bad team back in July, before the regular season started. We won Super Bowl 50 and then finished 9-7 in 2016. There was no reason to avoid the Broncos, especially when you are a pass rusher with a chance to play with Von Miller.

                            After the Seahawks waived him, he was claimed by the Lions, who were a pretty average team last season, finishing 9-7, and he had no issues with it, saying he was excited to have an opportunity to continue playing.

                            And Freeney was just one example among many names that could have played OLB instead of Walker. We signed Kasim Edebali in the offseason. He could have been the #4 OLB. There were many options which would have made more sense. There are no arguments to defend that mistake.
                            Yup. I have to agree.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by -Rod- View Post
                              And Freeney was just one example among many names that could have played OLB instead of Walker. We signed Kasim Edebali in the offseason. He could have been the #4 OLB. There were many options which would have made more sense. There are no arguments to defend that mistake.
                              Kasim Edebali was signed 13 March 2017. Shane Ray got hurt sometime during the Summer. They weren't able to put him on IR until 4 September 2017. Just prior to that, Denver signed Deiontrez Mount on 29 August 2017. Mount wasn't active until mid-November, so there were four Outside Backers on game day the first six games: Miller, Barrett, Edebali and Walker.

                              Ray came off IR 30 October 2017 and Edebali was released 14 November 2017 after having played only STs week 10. Until Ray returned, Miller and Barrett had most of the OLB snaps with Edebali and Walker playing about the same number of snaps in backup roles. I think Walker was inactive after Ray returned for about five games. After being released by Denver, Edebali was claimed by the Lions, Rams and Saints before the end of the year.

                              After Edebali was released, Mount played STs for three games before taking defensive snaps as an OLB. Around that time, Walker was active again. After Ray was placed on IR again on 19 December, Mount and Walker got more game snaps on D especially in the season finale on New Year's Eve.

                              Deiontrez Mount is currently on the roster as an OLB. He came into the league as a 6th round pick of the Titans (#177) in 2015. The list of transactions for the Denver Broncos from July/August 2017 until the end of the year is quite long. It tells a story.
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