1) Introduction: One of the pleasant surprises of the 2010 season, Walden had a career day in the last regular season game against the Chicago Bears where he terrorized Jay Cutler with 2 sacks and the rest of the team with an astonishing 11 tackles. Many fans hoped that in 2011, Walden would emerge as the James Harrison (only as a player, not as a crazy d*****bag), who had also been cut multiple times in his career before becoming a dominating player.
Weight: 250 lbs.
3) Expectations coming into the season for that player: High; while forced out of the Super Bowl due to injuries, Walden was a good starter during the playoffs and was considered the front runner for the starting outside linebacker position opposite Clay Matthews III along with Frank Zombo. When Zombo exited the competition due to injury, the position was essentially given to Walden by default who became the starter for the majority of the season.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Walden’s 2011 highlight game was where he recovered a fumble by Marcel Reece and turned it into a defensive touchdown in week 14 against the Oakland Raiders. Undoubtedly Walden’s lowlight was having to spend all Thanksgiving weekend in jail due to domestic violence allegations brought froth by Walden’s girlfriend and mother of his child (which was then subsequently dropped).
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Moderate; while Walden wasn’t a huge liability, Walden’s lack of big play ability often meant that teams were able to solely focus on Clay Matthews III on the other side by double or triple teaming him. Walden also wasn’t very stout against the run and teams often took advantage of this by running the ball directly at him, which is probably the reason why Walden was benched in favor of Brad Jones during the playoffs.
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Next to nothing; Walden was benched for the playoff game against the Giants and only saw time on special teams where he posted one tackle
Season Report Card:
(B) Level of expectations met during the season
(C) Contributions to team’s overall success
(D-) Player’s contributions in the playoffs
Overall Grade for the year: C——————
Thomas Hobbes is a staff writer for Jersey Al’s AllGreenBayPackers.com.