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Vance Walker conference call


On if other teams were interested in him and the process that brought him to Denver**

"I had a couple other teams that were interested, actually. I flew to Denver from Seattle. I really liked what [Head] Coach [Gary] Kubiak [is] doing, what he's building, and also [Defensive Coordinator] Coach [Wade] Phillips. He's got a great defense. I studied him a good bit when he was coaching with the Texans, so I know a good bit about his game and am really excited to play for him."

On where he fits on the defensive line

"I can play any position. Really whatever they need me to do, whether it's D-End or nose [tackle] or three-technique. It's a penetrating type of defense, so really wherever they feel that I fit. I spoke with the coaches and they're pretty impressed that I can play all positions. It's really wherever they believe I fit."

On how he felt he played last season in the 3-4 defense in Kansas City

"I thought I did pretty well. It's a different scheme from what Kansas City runs. I think I did pretty well given the fact that I had never run that defense before. I felt I did extremely well. I graded out pretty well as far as my coaches were concerned, so I think I did pretty well."

On his impressions of QB Peyton Manning after spending time in the AFC West

"He's definitely the greatest quarterback that I've seen play. I have a lot of faith in him, and not just him, but just the offense and the defense. I'm really excited looking forward to what we're going to do this year."

On Defensive Line Coach Bill Kollar

"He's very energetic. He knows his stuff though. He's very knowledgeable about a lot of things. He watched a good bit of film on me and gave me some feedback. We talked a lot about football for a couple hours. I was just really impressed with him. He seems like a great coach to have. I'm excited to work with him."

On if versatility is the key to the 3-4 defense

"It's more of a mental thing. Whatever position you're playing, you just have to know what kind of blocks they're going to give you on offense. They can only give you so many blocks at the three positions on the line. It's just a mental thing. You've just got to know what can possibly come at you—knowing down and distance and everything like that. So it's nothing too worrisome. It's just one of those things you pay extra attention to. [When] you line up as a nose, there are only really two or three blocks they'll give you. It's just something that you have to know before the snap count. It's not as hard as you think it is. Every position requires physicality. If you've got that, that's really the only thing you need."

On if he has contacted Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas, his former teammate at Georgia Tech

"No, not yet. I haven't texted him yet, but I'm definitely going to. It'll be just like college times. But this time he's a little bit bigger, so I can't pick on him like I used to (laughing)."

On if he is surprised at the success Thomas has had in Denver

"No, not at all. Just from seeing him, he came the year after me at Georgia Tech. He redshirted his first year and he was on the look team going against our defense. We knew that he had the potential to be great, and he definitely showed that. He's definitely worked hard and earned all of his accolades. It doesn't surprise me one bit what he's accomplished."

On if there is a player he molds his game after

"That's a tough question simply because I try not to mold. I try to be outside the box. There aren't other guys that can play all three positions on the defensive line in a 3-4. I want to be my best. Obviously I take Warren Sapp, Reggie White, a lot of the greats that played—I like to emulate what they do in pass rush. I wouldn't say that I try and mold myself. I try to be my own person and put it on film."

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