Saints second-year defensive end Tyrunn Walker made an early impression on Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan, for both his appearance and his play.
"He's a try hard guy who's an outstanding athlete," said Ryan. "He's not the prettiest guy in the world but he's one hell of a football player."
Fortunately good looks aren't a pre-requisite for playing time and on Friday against Kansas City, Walker got a lot work. He first got in the game on the first drive with the first team in the first quarter and didn't come off until late in the fourth. And all night #75 seemed to wreak havoc on the Chiefs offensive line.
"He played pretty well the other. He is a young player that's going to get a lot of snaps. I was encouraged," said head coach Sean Payton.
And the product of Westgate High product isn't just making plays for the Saints, he's making plays for the team he grew up idolizing.
"I've been knowing the Saints since Sammy Knight was playing a long time ago. All those guys: Aaron Brooks, Jeff Blake. I remember going to Nicholls and watching training camp at Nicholls. It was kind of like a dream come true when they called so I'm taking advantage of my opportunity," said Walker, who played his college ball at Tulsa.
And if his positive play continues, his career in his home state could just be getting started.
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