WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. — Whether he intended it or not, Tyrunn Walker piled more pressure on himself than he was already facing when he decided to ball up his fist and swing it at teammate Zach Strief on Aug. 1.
Walker had not accomplished much in the NFL since making the Saints as an undrafted rookie in 2012, after which he didn’t play a snap as a rookie and then appeared in only seven regular-season games his second season.
Yet there he was that day getting in the face of, shoving, and trying to punch Strief, the tackle in his ninth year with the Saints and the NFL.
“It’s D-line play — it’s a fight on the line every down,” Walker said of the scuffle after practice Sunday. “That’s just how it goes — it comes with the territory.”
Still, Walker had better have been ready to back up the tough act he was putting on for observers of his team’s training camp at The Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia.