Walker continues to build himself up and is now 272 pounds, Walker said on Twitter.
Walker weighed in at 280 pounds at the NFL Combine last year, but had to slim down to move to outside linebacker when the Broncos grew thin at the position. With Shane Ray healthy and Bradley Chubb now in the rotation, Walker should move back inside, where he tied for the NCAA lead with 16 sacks in 2016. Walker was a fish out of water outside last season, totaling just seven tackles and a sack in reserve duty.
Head coach Vance Joseph said Walker will move back to defensive end in 2018, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Walker, a second-round pick in the 2017 draft, has spent most of his playing career with his hand in the dirt but was forced into more of a stand-up, outside linebacker role during his rookie season in Denver. His effectiveness took a hit as a result and the Florida State product accrued just seven tackles and one sack over 10 games. Moving back to his natural defensive end position should allow Walker to be much more of an IDP asset in 2018 and beyond.
Walker (illness) is active for Sunday's game against the Dolphins.
A late addition to the Broncos' injury report this week due to the flu-like bug that has hit the Denver locker room, Walker was able to demonstrate enough progress over the weekend for the team to clear him to play. He'll presumably serve in a reserve role at linebacker, with the bulk of his snaps likely to come on special teams.
The flu bug has been making its way around the Broncos' locker room throughout the week and Walker looks to be the latest victim. He'll likely be quarantined Saturday before the Broncos revisit his health in the hours leading up to Sunday's 1 p.m. EDT kickoff.
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|14||12/9/18||@ SF||4:05 pm|
|16||12/24/18||@ OAK||8:15 pm|
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