Putting Walls Up
Florham Park – There’s a good chance Darrelle Revis is missing his days on the Jets right now as part of the struggling/embarrassing Buccaneers…and the Jets are feeling his absence, especially with Dee Milliner out with a hamstring injury. Now, Darrin Walls, who calls himself the best-dressed Jet, is filling in opposite Antonio Cromartie. The 25-year-old cornerback didn’t have the most impressive performance against the Titans, but he’ll have a chance to redeem himself when he starts again Monday night against his former team, the Atlanta Falcons.
“It’s exciting to go up against those guys because I know them pretty well,” Walls said. “But at the same time it’s a game you want to win.”
So is he giving the secondary any insider tips on how to stop one of the league’s most powerful offenses?
“Oh yeah. We want to win the game. So anything I can do to help, I do it,” he said, pauses and adds…”Legally.”
The Falcons won’t be easy to beat, but that’s okay with Walls.
“It’s a great challenge,” said Walls. “As a secondary, you always want to go up against the best competition to see where you rank. And the Falcons, with Julio [Jones], Roddy [White], and especially Tony Gonzales…It gives us a benchmark of where we stand when we go up against such a strong offense.”
Like pretty much everyone else that’s played with the future hall of famer, Walls only has great things to say about his former teammate, Tony Gonzales. “I think that’s one of the most influential people I’ve ever met playing football,” Walls said. “He’s done a great job in the locker room being a leader and that veteran that shows the younger guys how it’s done and how the game should be played.”
In the Jets locker room it’s Kyle Wilson and Jaiquawn Jarrett who Walls looks up to. They’re the guys motivating him going into the next game. Despite the fact that he’s starting, he says his mentality this week hasn’t changed.
“It’s just a normal day,” Walls said. “I don’t think about it too much. I just go out there and try to do what I can the best I can.”
Walls spent half of last season on the Jets practice squad until he was elevated to the active roster in November. He admittedly doesn’t usually have to deal with reporter questions, but I ask him what he thinks the silliest common question is and this is what he said:
“They always ask, ‘Are you ready for what you’re going up against?’ and I’m like, I have no choice but to be ready.”