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Demarcus Walker is bulking back up for the upcoming season

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Demarcus Walker is putting on weight, and that’s a good thing for both him as a player and the Denver Broncos interior defensive line.

Usually you don’t want to hear any reports about players during this time of year, but Denver Broncos fans got some good news yesterday when DeMarcus Walker tweeted out that he was nearly back to his original playing weight, of 280lbs.

Walker spent most of the season well below his normal playing weight, checking in around 240lbs. Some of the change was due to being moved to outside linebacker, and some of it was apparently related to illness as well.

The experiment with Walker outside is a well documented failure at this point, so I won’t belabor the point, but it seems that Denver is committed to properly utilizing him this year.

“We want him to come back bigger and stronger,” Joseph said at the NFL scouting combine. “Last year, he lost some weight to play outside linebacker. Now, we’re going to make him a defensive end and have a clear role for him so he can be at his best. He came on last year and made some plays for us at the end of the season, but we have to find one spot where he can help this football team and leave him there.”

The goal for Walker this off season was to regain his strength and size, so he can be utilized in his proper position as an interior rusher on the defensive line. It’s great to hear that he is well on his way to being back to full strength. That will make defensive line coach Bill Kollar extremely happy.

I had a chance to speak with Kollar about Walker at the Senior Bowl and he confirmed that he hadn’t seen Walker crack 250lbs on the scale last year, and emphasized the need for Demarcus to really focus on bulking back up in both weight and strength.

It’s good to hear things are trending up for him. If he is able to continue to progress as an inside pass rusher, with the arsenal Denver is building on the edge, look out!