Joe Walker (American football)

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Joe Walker
No. 59 – Arizona Cardinals
Personal information
Born: (1992-12-11) December 11, 1992 (age 26)
Palos Verdes, California
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:236 lb (107 kg)
Career information
High school:Palos Verdes
(Palos Verdes Estates, California)
NFL Draft:2016 / Round: 7 / Pick: 251
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 11, 2019
Total tackles:47
Forced fumbles:0
Fumble recoveries:0
Player stats at

Joe Walker (born December 11, 1992) is an American football linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Oregon.

College career[edit]

Walker led the Ducks in tackles in 2015, having started all but five games since the 2013 Alamo Bowl. He collected 203 career tackles in three seasons at Oregon, and 102 more during one season at junior college. He had many dynamic plays on the Ducks' fast-paced defense, including two fumbles recovered for touchdowns, one of which was the notorious drop at the 1-yard line by Utah wide receiver Kaelin Clay in the Utah-Oregon game on November 8, 2014, which Walker returned 100 yards for an Oregon touchdown.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Walker wasn't one of the 39 collegiate linebackers invited to the NFL Scouting Combine. On March 24, 2016, Walker attended Oregon's pro day, along with Vernon Adams, DeForest Buckner, Byron Marshall, Alex Balducci, Bralon Addison, Tyler Johnstone, and five other prospects. He completed all of the combine drills and also performed positional drills for scouts and team representatives from 24 NFL teams.[2] Walker was a projected to be a seventh-round pick or priority undrafted free agent by NFL draft experts and scouts. He was ranked the 19th best inside linebacker prospect in the draft by[3]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 2 in
(1.88 m)
236 lb
(107 kg)
4.60 s 1.63 s 2.65 s 4.39 s 6.86 s 37 in
(0.94 m)
10 ft 4 in
(3.15 m)
23 reps
All values from Oregon's Pro Day[4]

Philadelphia Eagles[edit]

The Philadelphia Eagles selected Walker in the seventh round (251st overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. He was the 36th and last linebacker selected in 2016. The pick used to select him was a conditional pick that was traded from the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for Matt Barkley.[5]


On May 4, 2016, the Philadelphia Eagles signed Walker to a four-year, $2.40 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $60,137.[6]

Throughout training camp, he competed against Najee Goode for a roster spot. On August 18, 2016, Walker tore his ACL in a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, effectively ending his rookie season.[7] On August 28, 2016, Walker was placed on injured reserve.[8]


In training camp, Walker competed against Nathan Gerry for the backup middle linebacker job. Head coach Doug Pederson named Walker the backup middle linebacker to Jordan Hicks to start the regular season.[9]

He made his professional regular season debut in the Philadelphia Eagles' season-opening 30-17 win at the Washington Redskins. On September 24, 2017, Walker assisted on one tackle during the Eagles' 27-24 victory against the New York Giants. His first career tackle was with Jalen Mills as they teamed up to tackle Giants' wide receiver Sterling Shepard after he made a 10-yard reception in the first quarter.[10] On October 29, 2017, Walker earned his first career start and made a season-high three combined tackles in a 33-10 win over the San Francisco 49ers. He was named the starting middle linebacker after Jordan Hicks suffered a torn Achilles and was placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the season. During a Week 12 matchup against the Chicago Bears, Walker suffered a neck injury and was placed on injured reserve on December 29, 2017.[11] He finished the season with ten combined tackles (six solo) and a pass deflection in 12 games and three starts.[12] The Eagles won Super Bowl LII against the New England Patriots by a score of 41-33.[13]


On September 2, 2018, Walker was waived by the Eagles and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[14]

Arizona Cardinals[edit]

On September 19, 2018, Walker was signed by the Arizona Cardinals off the Eagles practice squad.[15]


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  2. ^ "Healthy Byron Marshall shows versatility at pro day". Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  3. ^ "Joe Walker, DS #19 ILB, Oregon". Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  4. ^ "Joe Walker, DS #19 ILB, Oregon". Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  5. ^ "NFL Draft 2016: Oregon Ducks' Joe Walker selected by Philadelphia Eagles in 7th round". May 1, 2016.
  6. ^ " Joe Walker contract". Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  7. ^ "Philadelphia Eagles LB and ex-Duck Joe Walker tears ACL, done for season". August 22, 2016.
  8. ^ McPherson, Chris (August 28, 2016). "Eagles Get To 75-Player Roster Limit".
  9. ^ " Philadelphia Eagles' depth chart: 10/01/2017". Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  10. ^ "NFL Game Center: Week 3-2017: New York Giants @ Philadelphia Eagles". Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  11. ^ Gantt, Darin (December 29, 2017). "Eagles put Joe Walker on IR, opening a roster spot for Sidney Jones".
  12. ^ "NFL Game Center: Joe Walker (2017)". Retrieved January 15, 2018.
  13. ^ "Eagles dethrone Tom Brady, Patriots for first Super Bowl title in stunner". USA TODAY. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
  14. ^ McPherson, Chris (September 2, 2018). "Eagles Claim LB D.J. Alexander Off Waivers".
  15. ^ Urban, Darren (September 19, 2018). "Cardinals Add Linebacker Joe Walker".

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