Up in ’22: Walker “feels more comfortable…”

JACKSONVILLE – Things are different now for Travon Walker. It is very different.

The No. 1 pick by the Jaguars in the 2022 NFL Draft, Walker is richer than he was two weeks ago — much richer. And he’s officially a professional for the first time. But what he’s doing professionally is what matters most to Walker and his new team.

He is working at the same place. Full time. And he really likes that.

“I was always joking around and playing outside,” Walker said during the Jaguars’ recent minicamp at TIAA Bank Field.

Now, instead of playing or playing, Walker worked as an outside linebacker full time – working hard and only with outside linebackers coach Bill Shuey during minicamp practice Friday and Saturday.

According to the plan Head Coach Doug Pederson and General Manager Trent Baalke discussed late last month, when the Jaguars selected Walker No. 1.

“Just working on the outside linebacker stuff in practice I feel like I’m getting really comfortable with the position,” Walker said. “There is room for improvement. Coming from Georgia, there are many roads we have passed but also coming here [a lot].

“At Georgia we ran a lot of techniques, but once I got here, [I had to] break down a lot of the techniques I learned at Georgia, and focus on something else.”

Walker during minicamp not only worked on pass rush and techniques with Shuey, but he also worked on dropping into coverage – which he will be asked to do at outside linebacker.

“It felt good,” Walker said. “I did it at Georgia, so I’m used to it. But now, I’m working on it more going into seven-on-seven, so I’ll get more comfortable with falling instead of falling. just falling here and there.”

Both Baalke and Walker said the initial plan is for Walker to focus on outside linebacker before working other positions. Pederson last weekend also said he expects Walker to handle any pressure that accompanies the No. 1 pick.

“It’s my job to protect him a little bit from other external factors that can affect him and then let him focus on his work,” said Pederson. “But I think Travon is a mature guy. He’s still young, but he’s going to be well-rounded and it’s our job to do that.”

And while the Jaguars’ first plan is for Walker to focus on outside linebackers, versatility is expected to be a strength at the NFL level — something Walker said over the weekend in an interview.

“So far, I’m out of line with Coach Shuey, but who knows the future?” she said. “The more comfortable I am with the defense, you never know.”


Pederson during minicamp also discussed last week’s release, focusing on the team’s Week 9 bye week after the team’s Oct. 30 home game against the Denver Broncos at Wembley Stadium in London. Teams playing in London can have the following week off if they choose, but Pederson said the Jaguars chose to rest. The Jaguars play the Las Vegas Raiders at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville in Week 9. “Week 8 in London and actually the travel is not too bad because we are on the East Coast going to London,” he said. Read also : Why are Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders so popular?. “Going back is not bad so we can adapt and go into the home game after that and then play a few games before we leave. … . The sooner you can do that bye the better.” Pederson added, “The turnaround time is not too bad from a recovery standpoint. It’s just how you prepare when you come back here, so it’s not an issue for the team when we come back.”

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