Setting the edge.
When Chuck Pagano talks about the keys to stopping an opponent’s rushing attack those three words are quickly mentioned.
The ability to hold the point of attack and send traffic back inside is the goal of whoever is setting that edge.
Erik Walden considers this a strength of his.
“It’s just about heart,” Walden said on Wednesday.
“Setting up a wall for the defense and allow the inside backers, along with the rest of the pursuit and the other defensive players to be able to make a play on the ball.”
Walden’s ability to set the edge is one of the major reasons the Colts coveted the 250-pound outside linebacker during free agency.
“When we saw (Walden) coming out of Green Bay and when we picked him up as a free agent, he was a great player in the sense of setting the edge,” Colts defensive coordinator Greg Manusky said.
“We always talk about setting the edge on either side. That’s what he did with the Packers and we expect him to do it here.”
In his last two seasons with the Packers, Walden played in 31 games and compiled 106 tackles and six sacks.
He is expected to line up opposite Robert Mathis this season and is a key cog at one of the Colts deepest positions.
When the pads were strapped on for the first time on Tuesday afternoon, Walden reminded Dwayne Allen who he was going up against.
“I played against (Walden) last year and he destroys tight ends,” Allen said. “He understands pad leverage and hand placement and is a very, very talented guy.”
Walden and Freeney both have a Super Bowl ring on their resume but the Colts new No. 93 was quick to point out that this is a new chapter in his life, one he hopes finishes with a storybook ending.
“Every year is an opportunity, and what you’ve done really don’t mean nothing ‘til this point.”
“I mean anytime you got a great organization with a great quarterback and a winning franchise, that’s half of it right there. I prayed about it and I just felt that this was the best fit for me.”
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