Oct 20, 2013; Jacksonville, FL, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Justin Forsett (21) tries to run past San Diego Chargers inside linebacker Reggie Walker (52) during the second half of the game at EverBank Field. Mandatory Credit: Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports
One of the players that have stepped up for the San Diego Chargers defense is middle linebacker Reggie Walker. Walker was signed onto the roster in the offseason from the Arizona Cardinals and was mainly known as a special teams player. He has gotten the opportunity to see a lot of action on the defensive side of the football and he has made the most of his opportunity.
Walker has filled in for Manti Te’o while he has been sidelined and with Donald Butler out, he has seen some extra time. Andrew Gachkar has been the starter for the last couple of games for Butler, but Walker sees a lot of time during passing situations. He has a lot of speed in the middle of the defense and leads the huddle on 3rd downs. He comes in for Manti Te’o in different packages. He gets in the game in passing situations.
When we face off against the Denver Broncos, I wonder who will get most of the playing time in the middle. They pass a ton and the Broncos will use the no-huddle offense in order to keep the defensive personnel that they want on the field.
In Walker’s first season with the Chargers, he already has set career high in tackles with 22 and he has his first 2 sacks of his career with the Chargers. He is getting a lot of opportunities to play and has been good in situations. He definitely has been a nice find for the depth on this defense.