HOUSTON – DeMarcus Walker has come a long way from treating pneumonia to a possible spot on Texan’s list.
The veteran defensive lineman makes a strong offer to form the team after missing the start of training camp due to COVID-19.
“Since I was six days behind with all of the COVID and all of the pneumonia that I had, I had to get started right away to learn the details and the technique,” said Walker. “So Green Bay, the Cowboys, the Bucs, I had to make the most of my options.
“To be honest, I was able to take my fitness test in five days. That was really shocking to me because I lost about seven pounds from pneumonia. Of course, all the work in the offseason shows that everything that’s for me was for me. “
The 6-foot-4,280-pounder, a former Denver Broncos second-round draft pick from the state of Florida, had 4 1/2 sacks and a forced fumble in 13 games and four starts last season for the Broncos. In 36 career games, he has 10 1/2 career sacks, 51 tackles, and 17 quarterback hits.
With six tackles, including a sack and a forced fumble, Walker was extremely difficult to block against reigning Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He also marked Buccaneers quarterback Blaine Gabbert in the end zone for a safety.
Now Walker is waiting for a message as to whether he has earned one of the last Texans’ roster spots.
“I mean, it’s a business,” said Walker. “Every year when you play in the league you feel numb, but when you start asking you can see that it gets on your nerves every year. So it’s a business.
“I don’t even know if I made it into the team. You just have to control what you can control. I would say it’s just time consuming. You just watch the clock, you wait. I do not know.”
Walker said one of the reasons he’s glad he chose the Texans after speaking with general manager Nick Caserio and coach David Culley is how the players are treated. Your voice will be picked up by the organization.
“I feel like everyone as a club has their own way of doing things,” said Walker. “Personally, I like the way you can get more voice and communicate. And personally, they let me be myself. I feel like getting to know someone on my own before you try to judge them. I felt like everyone in this organization, from ‘Ro’ (head coach Roland Ramirez) to Nick to coach Lovie (Smith) and coach (Bobby) King, everyone got to know me and has their own story about me.
“Obviously you appreciate that because it’s no longer strap and play time. That era is over. I have the feeling that not only in life, but also in this job, people have a voice, you have a platform, everyone has a platform in their hands. Everyone has the freedom to say what they want. So I feel like I’m in a work area, if it’s right for everyone, you should hear your voice. “
Walker is part of one of the lowest positions on the team including Charles Omenihu, Whitney Mercilus, Maliek Collins, Vincent Taylor, Jacob Martin, Jordan Jenkins, Roy Lopez, Jaleel Johnson and Jon Greenard.
“Yeah, man, pretty deep,” said Walker. “Lots of good quality guys, good talented guys together. I feel like you get the best out of everyone when you have it that way. If you have so many great guys, whoever invests this time, is not afraid of the competition and believes in yourself in the end, it should be a good year. “
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