New York Jets Sign CB Darrin Walls to Practice Squad
The Jets have worked relatively slow this week in addressing the absence of Darrelle Revis in their secondary but finally signed an additional defensive back to their squad.
After working out four defensive backs today, the Jets signed former Atlanta Falcons cornerback Darrin Walls. To make room for Walls, the Jets released 2012 draft pick Jordan White.
The Jets had also worked out Chris Carr, Dante Hughes and Aaron Berry according to ESPN New York's Rich Cimini.
Walls signed with the Falcons as an undrafted free agent out of Notre Dame last year and appeared in five games for the Falcons, mostly on special teams.
Walls had one interception last year, a game-ending pick against Josh Freeman in the Falcons' 45-24 win over the Buccaneers in Week 16.
What is your feeling on the signing of Darrin Walls?
Walls was released by the Falcons on August 25 this year as part of an injury settlement with the team. The extent of the injury Walls suffered was not disclosed, but it appears that he is fully recovered from whatever it was at this point.
While he didn't live up to those lofty rankings at Notre Dame, he did have a solid career, contributing to the team immediately as a freshman and in all three years he played there.
Coming into the draft, Walls was rated as a possible sixth-to-seventh round selection after running a 4.39 40-yard dash at Notre Dame's Pro Day. At 6'0", 185 lbs, Walls is a physical corner who excelled at press coverage while at Notre Dame.
Although he did have a solid career at Notre Dame and was seen as a draft prospect, he wasn't invited to the NFL Combine.
Walls' draft stock was believed to be hampered by the fact that he did not enroll at Notre Dame in 2008 for what would have been his junior year. He did return the following year, however, and started eight games.
For the time being, Walls finds himself on the Jets practice squad.
It's likely that the Jets will go into Sunday's game with Joe McKnight as the team's first option to add depth into the secondary. It could be that Walls is here as insurance in case McKnight doesn't take in the secondary.
One thing to consider, too, is that it is common knowledge that Rex Ryan likes to employ as many defensive backs as he could. The coaches will likely see what Walls has to offer in a full week of practice next week as the Jets could probably use extra defensive backs in their Week 5 matchup with the Houston Texans.
At the most, this move will cost the Jets Jordan White if he ends up signing with another team. However, White has already cleared waivers once this season and has been sitting on the Jets practice squad without any takers for a month now.
Walls seems like a good person to take a chance on as a physical corner with good speed who played his college and high school ball at a high level.
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