K'Von Wallace understands the big picture and from his perspective one player's departure means more opportunity for another player. In this case, the Eagles waived veteran safety Will Parks earlier in the week, clearing the way for more playing time for Wallace, a fourth-round draft pick who has seen the majority of his playing time through 11 games on special teams.
That could change as soon as Sunday in Green Bay.
"Will Parks being gone was kind of obvious for me that an increase in my playing time would also increase," Wallace said. "Nobody really had to say anything. It was nothing that was really, really told to me. Whenever my number is called, I'm going to be ready."
Wallace has played in 53 defensive snaps in the 10 games he has been in uniform, and after a storied career at Clemson, the part-time role has been an adjustment, for sure. Wallace is a key member of the specials, so he's used to the tempo and physicality of the NFL, but playing on defense is what he craves.
"It hasn't been difficult at all. With patience, God is going to bless you," Wallace said. "I know that every step of the way, I will be consistent with who I am, bringing that energy, bringing that swagger, that championship pedigree coming from my high school and Clemson. Being who I am, I feel like my time is going to come and it's going to be a storm coming in."
The release of Parks opens up game reps for Wallace, Marcus Epps, and Grayland Arnold, three young players in a secondary that will be tested against Aaron Rodgers – "A-Rod is a legend," Wallace said – and Green Bay's potent passing attack. Wallace won a National Championship at Clemson, earned All-ACC honors, and was a team captain.
In the NFL, like everyone else, Wallace started over.
"You have to be consistent every single day," Wallace said. "I know that my time will come. I know that I will dominate every single time I'm on the field. I know I'm going to dominate every special teams rep. Whatever you need me to do, I'm going to go out there and do it because I am a confident, believer of God."