Q&A with new Chiefs defensive lineman Vance Walker
03/17/2014 5:54 PM
03/17/2014 6:00 PM
New Chiefs defensive lineman Vance Walker conducted his first conference call with the Kansas City media on Monday. You can check out more of what he had to say in a story I wrote for Tuesday’s Star, but here’s the rest of what the 26-year-old ex-Raider had to say.
What did they tell you about your role here?
“Well nothing too specific. If anything, I’ve played pretty much every position on the d-line. I’ve been in the league for five years, so I have a good bit of experience at the nose or three technique end, defensive end, so really whatever it is to help the team win I’m sure I’ll be moving between all of those positions. I play them all equally well, whether it’s stopping the run or rushing the passer.”
Did you play on passing downs last year?
“A good bit. We went to a three down look. We just went d-tackle with the Raiders on third down. I want to say, I can’t give you an actual statistic, but I was in there on third downs, probably I would say 80 percent of the third downs I was in there. I got a lot of rushing from either the nose or three technique. I had a lot of good rushes from that position.”
Do you feel like you’re going to be used for that here?
“I would hope so. It’s also on me to prove to those guys what I’m capable of doing and once I do that I’m sure John Dorsey will do exactly what he feels is necessary to help the team. I know I’m capable of doing both of those things, stopping the run and rushing the passer, easily.”
What are you expecting from the Kansas City fans?
“I’ve gotten a very warm welcome since I’ve been there and signed. The fans have definitely live up to their doing. Just being an opponent last year and playing in the Chiefs stadium at Arrowhead, it was tough. I believe it may have been the game they broke the record for the loudest stadium. Just to have those fans being so energetic really adds to the game, especially on defense, as a defensive guy. I think they do a great job. It’s a football city and I’m really excited to play.”
Did they sell you on the idea of playing nose when Dontari Poe needs a rest or taking Tyson Jackson’s spot? What did they say your role would be?
WALKER: “Mostly three technique and five technique because (Dontari) Poe is obviously a major player. Even if he needs a breather or whatever be the case I can do all of those positions. I’ve been with the Falcons and the Raiders. Really I don’t know, we didn’t get into that too much, but I would say three and five more specifically.”
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