Whereas the 2015 defense was extraordinarily stingy allowing yards on the ground, the 2016 edition was far more generous to opposing running backs, dropping from third overall in run defense to 28th.
http://www.scout.com/nfl/broncos/story/1681565-5-reasons-you-should-go-p... It's fair to point to the season-ending injury of Walker, who tore his ACL in Training Camp, as the moment when they lost complete dominance on the ground. Of course, Walker going down was certainly significant, but he was never expected to match the production of Malik Jackson, and it didn't help that Danny Trevathan had left as well.
But Walker is an upgrade over Jared Crick and Adam Gotsis (our publisher Chad Jensen likes what he sees out of newly-acquired defensive end Zach Kerr). Still an unrestricted free agent recovering from injury, the Broncos are keen on re-signing Walker, according to Troy Renck.
Renck was responding to a video Walker had posted on Instagram showing off his agile footwork just about seven months since his injury.
John Elway's comments at his last press conference on March 13 align with Renck's report.
“We’ve talked to Dekoda [Watson] as well as Vance Walker. We’ll see if we can get something done. We have interest in both those players still," Elway said.
Hopefully, negotiations with Walker go better than they did with Watson, who joined the San Francisco 49ers last weekend.
Although I'm not sure Walker will be the savior that Broncos fans have made him out to be in his absence, his presence along the defensive line would be a big shot in the arm for not only the Broncos run defense, but their ability to rush the passer and collapse the pocket opposite Derek Wolfe.
In 2015, Walker posted two sacks and 33 combined tackles as a rotational player.
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