Written by Matthew Cannata | Twitter: @PhinManiacs
When Walt Aikens was drafted as a cornerback out of Liberty, many thought he would get lost in the shuffle. Shortly into training camp though, the coaching staff moved him to safety and he has been thriving there ever since - so much so that he is consistently getting second team snaps over players such as Don Jones and Jordan Kovaks.
“I am loving the transition,” he said. “The fact I can cover as a corner and transition into safety makes it a little bit easier. I am covering tight ends that are not as fast as No. 1 receivers. It’s great. I can read the whole offense now and see it from a different perspective. [Defensive coordinator Kevin] Coyle stays on me. He’s correcting the mental errors I have.”
While Aikens won't be leap-frogging Louis Delmas or Jimmy Wilson any time soon, he provides valuable depth at a position where injuries often occur and his development will allow him to step right in and play at a high level.
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