Skip to main content

Is Tracy Walker the Best Safety in NFL?

Head coach Dan Campbell addresses if safety Tracy Walker has earned even more playing time.

Safety Tracy Walker raised some eyebrows when he told reporters earlier this year that he and teammate Will Harris could evolve into one of the best safety duos in the National Football League. 

“I personally see us being one of the best safety duos in the NFL," Walker said. "I feel like Will (Harris) has definitely stepped up, definitely has gotten a whole lot better, along with myself. I’ve definitely improved a lot, and we definitely built a great team. Like I say, we’re a group of leaders back there, and we’ve taken control.”

Through five games, Walker is the No. 2 graded safety, according to Pro Football Focus. On Sunday, the 26-year-old was also Detroit's highest-graded player.

Against the Vikings, Walker recorded nine tackles, a tackle for loss and factored in on Alex Anzalone's interception. 

With his recent play, Walker is now forcing the coaching staff to determine if the rotation at safety should continue. 

In recent weeks, Walker, Harris and veteran Dean Marlowe have split reps in the secondary, based on the matchup.

Recommended Lions Articles


Look: Heated Halftime Exchange Occurred Between Wolverines and Buckeyes

The rivalry remains heated between the Wolverines and Buckeyes.


Wolverines Headed to Indianapolis, Defeat Buckeyes, 42-27

The drought is over! Michigan has defeated Ohio State.


Is Sam Howell Lions’ QB of Future?

Read more on whether the Detroit Lions should target North Carolina quarterback Sam Howell in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Lions head coach Dan Campbell was asked at his Monday media session if Walker has earned the opportunity to be an every-down safety. 


"Well, he certainly made a case yesterday," Campbell said. "That’s the Tracy that we know and have been waiting to come out of his shell. I’ll tell you what, he played confident, he played physical and he communicated well. It was great to see because he did. He played like a top-notch safety yesterday. He was a factor. You felt his presence. I would say just overall, I think he -- I think you could feel Will Harris' presence, but Trey Flowers, Alex Anzalone, and (Jalen Reeves-Maybin) JRM, you really felt those guys. They really showed up. But yeah, I would agree, Tracy played well.”

Join the AllLions Community

Become a premium AllLions member, which grants you access to all of our premium content and gets you a FREE subscription to Sports Illustrated! Click on the link below for more