That’s right. I am proud to bring you a Bolt Beat EXCLUSIVE interview with WR Bryan Walters! This week Walters took the time to sit down with me and answer a few questions to let the Bolt Nation know just a little bit more about our newest offensive weapon! So without further adieu, here it is!
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1. Coming out of Cornell you were picked up by the Chargers to fight for a roster spot in 2010. An injury held you back from achieving that goal until 2011. Did that deter you from your goal at all? Or was it more motivation for you fight just that much harder in 2011?
-At first it was a little frustrating, but once the initial shock wore off it was definitely motivation. When i got back home I was able to rehab quickly and get back out on the field and start training again.
2. Throughout your collegiate career at Cornell you were used in many different roles including WR, KR/PR, and even QB. Do you feel that your versatile background helped you get to where you are now?
-I think the versatility just helps you understand different aspects of the game that someone who has played one position their entire life might not get. I grew up playing QB, and learning to see defenses and make reads as a QB has helped me become a much better receiver.
3. Coming into the season with the lockout shedding off serious camp time, you had to prepare outside of the facilities. What were your workouts consisting of?
-I stayed on the same workouts that we used in the off-season of the previous season. I was fortunate enough to workout at the University of Washington with some of the Seahawks players which definitely helped me keep my edge.
4. Vincent Jackson got franchise tagged. Malcom Floyd was resigned. Seyi Ajirotutu had a strong 2010 appearance. Vincent Brown was drafted. Patrick Crayton shined in 2010. Laurent Robinson, Kelley Washington, and Richard Goodman were fighting for roster spots as well as Undrafted Free Agents. What was your goal coming into camp?
-My goal has never changed, it has always been to become a player that can help this team win a championship. As long as you go out on the field every day and do what you are capable of, anything can happen.
5. What felt better: Returning the kick 103 yards for a TD or catching the game-winning TD vs Arizona this preseason?
-TD vs. Arizona for sure. We won the game!
6. Some analysts are calling you the “Chargers version of Wes Welker”. How do you feel about that correlation?
-Anytime someone compares you to a pro bowl caliber receiver, I don’t think you can complain. Therefore, I take it as a definite compliment.
7. If you could label 3 of your best traits that you bring to the team, what would they be?
-Versatility, dependability, and good hands.
8. What do you think separates the Chargers pass game and makes it so elite and effective?
-Having a quarterback such as Rivers helps that a lot. But also, the amount of time and preparation put into getting the receivers and quarterbacks on the same page has a lot to do with it.
9. What is your favorite route to run?
-Any kind of double move. When you see the defensive back break on the first move and you burst free…Nothing better
10. Philip Rivers called you one of the “team favorites” in the locker room and Norv Turner expressed his fondness of you in interview. Who on the team has helped you the most as a player?
-The guys I spend the entire day with, Vincent, Malcolm, and Patrick. Those guys have been around the league for a while and watching them go about their jobs everyday is the best help I could ask for. They are so good at what they do.
11. About the team, who do you think is ________.
The biggest jokester? Tolbert
The strongest locker room presence? Rivers
Pound for pound strongest? Rivers
Hardest hitter? Sanders
Most underrated? Windt
12. When you got the word from the Chargers that you were going to be on the official 53 man roster this year, what is the first thought that goes through your head?
-Honestly, I couldn’t wait to get out and play the Vikings. The experience of playing on opening day was like nothing I’ve ever experienced.
13. What can we expect from Bryan Walters in 2011?
-Ill be a guy the team can count on. Everyday I will work hard to make the player next to me better and give us the best chance to win on Sunday (or Monday or Thursday)
Personally, I cannot wait to see what he brings to the table. He seems to be sure handed, smart, high character, and a team player who’s ultimate goal is to win championships however possible! He is a complete special teams and offensive threat and I think the San Diego Chargers make a great move by putting him on roster for the 2011-2012 season!