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TE Delanie Walker - Tennessee Titans

6-2, 240Born: 8-12-1984College: Central Missouri StateDrafted: Round 6

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General News (Mon Jan 29): was named Offensive MVP of the Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 28, finishing with four catches for 29 yards and two touchdowns.

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Recent Stats and Projections

17 vs JAX 34 3 19 0 0 1.9
18 at KC 57 6 74 0 0 7.4
19 at NE 52 3 49 0 0 4.9

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 19 vs NE (6 / 3 / 49 / 0 rec)

Delanie Walker finished with only three receptions on six targets for the Titans, with 36 of his 49 yards all coming on his first reception of the game to start off the Titans' second drive. From the five-yard line, Walker ran a simple route up the seam and turned around 20-yards downfield to haul in the well-thrown pass from Mariota. Walker would then power his way another 16 yards with three Patriots defenders clinging onto him but struggling to take him down. Walker ended up being double-teamed for most of this play as the Patriots did what they do so well by taking one of the Titans' best offensive weapons out of the game.

2017 Week 18 vs KC (8 / 6 / 74 / 0 rec)

Delanie Walker finished as the top receiver for the Titans, leading the team in targets, receptions, and yards by a very wide margin. Walker made some big-time plays early in this game as he hauled in four of his six receptions for 51 of his 74 yards before halftime. His longest play of the game on a simple slant route down the middle that Walker took for 22 yards midway through the second quarter. Walker may have only had two receptions in the second half, but both were extremely important plays with each catch coming on a third down. The first was a hook route for 14 yards on third-and-10 to keep the Titans' second touchdown drive alive. His next and what would be his final reception of the game was on third-and-three where Walker simply ran to the first down marker and turned around, easily nabbing a well-thrown ball from Mariota before falling forward for what would be a nine-yard gain.

2017 Week 17 vs JAX (5 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)

Delanie Walker's 19 receiving yards was the most of any non-running back position player for the Titans. The Jaguars absolutely shut down the passing attack as Marcus Mariota had just 134 passing yards. Walker's longest play of the game came on a short pass late in the third quarter that he ran out of bounds for nine yards. Walker would haul in one more short pass later in the game, but outside of those plays, he really couldn't find much room to work either as the Jaguars did an excellent job in coverage.

2017 Week 16 vs LAR (5 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)

Delanie Walker had a quiet day as he managed only three receptions for 33 yards. All of Walker's receptions came on short routes, two of which he managed to add on some yards after the catch to turn them into longer gains. Walker did see a red zone target in the first quarter, but the play was called back due to a penalty. This ended up being one of Walker's least productive games of the season as he had not finished with fewer than 35 receiving yards since Week 6.

2017 Week 15 vs SF (10 / 5 / 37 / 1 rec)

Delanie Walker led the Titans in targets while scoring his third touchdown in the last four games, but he finished with his lowest yardage total since Week 6 as he had a rough day overall. If not for his four-yard touchdown reception late in the first half, Walker would have had a very forgettable half of football as he hauled in just one of four targets leading up to that play. Walker's one reception before the touchdown in the first half resulted in a fumble as he was stripped trying to push forward towards the first down. Walker made a great play with his hands to haul in a contested touchdown to close out the first half though, which saved his day from a fantasy perspective.

2017 Week 14 vs ARI (9 / 5 / 42 / 0 rec)

Delanie Walker led the Titans in targets and receptions, hauling in five of nine targets for 42 yards. Most of Walker's receptions were short passes near the line of scrimmage. Marcus Mariota tried to find him deep on a few occasions, but he simply was not accurate enough for Walker to make a play. Walker dropped what was a nicely thrown ball on a wheel route on the Titans' final drive of the game. One play later, Walker had another quality target but had the ball dislodged after taking a huge hit that took a few moments for Walker to recover from. Walker would not return to the game after that hit.

2017 Week 13 vs HOU (5 / 5 / 63 / 1 rec)

Delanie Walker finished as the Titans' top receiver for the second straight week, as his stat line looked nearly identical this week as it did last week. Walker started slowly with just one 11-yard reception and a busted screen in the first half. However, Walker had a big drive late in the third quarter, starting with an 18-yard deep ball on a nice route on the right side. Walker later had a close play that would have been a big first down called back to give the Titans a fourth-and-one that they would convert. The play after converting that fourth down, Mariota found Walker across the middle of the field for a 24-yard touchdown pass. Mariota threw a strike to hit Walker in full stride as Walker ran a great route across the middle of the field and easily sprinted into the end zone.

2017 Week 12 vs IND (5 / 4 / 63 / 1 rec)

Delanie Walker finally broke the ice as he caught his first touchdown of the season. Walker was a huge part of the Titans offense early as he started with three receptions for 61 yards in the first quarter. His first catch was a big one for 14-yards, but Walker looked to have injured his leg on that play. He sat out for a couple snaps but was right back in the game before the end of the drives as he contributed with his second catch for 10 yards. On the first play of the Titans' next drive, Walker ran a hard route to haul in a 37-yard bomb amidst three defenders. Walker showed great concentration on that play to catch that ball running at full speed with three defenders right on top of him and another charging in. Walker's first touchdown reception of the season came late in the third quarter as he ran a breakaway route to the left corner of the end zone, executed perfectly as Walker was wide open for the score. Walker was targeted just twice after halftime as that touchdown reception was his only reception of the half.

2017 Week 11 vs PIT (9 / 6 / 92 / 0 rec)

Delanie Walker had a solid fantasy day with six receptions for 92 yards-his fourth straight game with at least 60 receiving yards. Walker had some big plays here, including a 42-yard pass down the middle of the field early in the third quarter. A couple plays later on that drive, Walker was wide open for what should have been an easy touchdown, but he simply dropped it with no defenders near him. This was a really bad drop for Walker, as it would have been his first passing touchdown of the season. Walker hauled in another long one down the middle of the field late in the fourth quarter for 17 yards, racking up a total of 28 yards in garbage time on that last drive.

2017 Week 10 vs CIN (9 / 6 / 63 / 0 rec)

Walker put in another consistent performance as he led the Titans with six receptions and 63 receiving yards, his fifth game of the year with at least 60 receiving yards. Walker was consistently involved throughout the game as he was very much a safety blanket option for Marcus Mariota. He hauled in a couple receptions on the Titans two-minute drill before halftime to help set up move along a field goal drive. Walker was called for a false start on the Titans' first drive of the second half, but he followed up the penalty by nearly making up for it with a 16-yard reception on third down, falling just one yard short of the first down. Walker made a huge 20-yard reception on a deep crossing route to jolt the Titans into Bengals territory on their game-winning drive. Walker was targeted three times on this drive as he was a big part of the offense then the game mattered most.

2017 Week 9 vs BAL (5 / 5 / 71 / 0 rec)

Delanie Walker was the top receiver for the Titans last week with a team-leading five receptions for 71 yards - his highest yardage total since Week 1 of the season. Walker had a great game here considering the fact that he was a game-time decision with only one limited practice this week. Walker was quite during the first half as his only catch was actually called back due to as Titans penalty. Walker got going quickly in the second half though as he caught Mariota's first pass of the half, a short dump over the middle that went for 15 yards. All but one of Walker's receptions came on short passes and screens here as the Titans kept him pretty close to the offensive line. Walker's one big play was an impressive one though, a 25-yard grab over his head while falling backwards between two defenders. Walker was in full stride when he had to turn and reach up for this ball, hauling it in at full speed while tumbling down between both Ravens defenders. This was a big play for the Titans as it helped set up their go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter.

2017 Week 7 vs CLE (10 / 7 / 63 / 0 rec)

Delanie Walker had a great matchup this past week, and it certainly showed as he was the Titans' most targeted receiving option on the day. Despite his 10 targets though, Walker only managed seven receptions for 63 yards and no touchdowns. Walker could have had a huge day as he missed a couple of big opportunities. Marcus Mariota underthrew what should have been an easy touchdown pass to Walker early in this game. Walker had another end zone target that was just barely broken up in the second half. The big news for Walker here is the ankle injury he sustained on his first catch of overtime. Walker was seen on crutches after the game, so his status will be worth monitoring going into a well-timed bye week.

2017 Week 6 vs IND (8 / 4 / 17 / 0 rec, 1 / -3 / 0 rush)

Delanie Walker was involved heavily on the Titans first drive with four of his eight targets and 15 of his 17 yards coming on that possession. The Titans tried another jet sweep with Walker midway through the third quarter, but he could not find the end zone from the two-yard line, losing three yards on the play. That very next play, Mariota tried to find Walker in the back of the end zone but air-mailed it over everyone's head as he completely missed the throw. It was nice to see the Titans trying to get Walker his first passing touchdown of the season, as Walker's production has been a massive disappointment through these first six games.

2017 Week 5 vs MIA (5 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)

Delanie Walker hauled in what would have been a very impressive 59-yard touchdown pass late in the first quarter, but the play was called back due to a pass interference penalty on the other tight end Jonnu Smith. Walker ended up finishing with only three receptions on five targets for a disappointing total of 25 yards. Nearly half of Walker's yards came on the last play of the game as he caught a 12-yard pass across the middle. Everyone had a tough day for the Titans here as the Titans are anxiously awaiting the return of Marcus Mariota.

2017 Week 4 vs HOU (7 / 3 / 51 / 0 rec)

Delanie Walker led the Titans in receiving yards 51 from three receptions. Walker had a couple of big receptions, the first coming from a nice route over the middle early in the second quarter for a 21-yard gain - his longest of the day. Walker's next solid catch was on a short pass that Walker took for 20 yards on the very next drive. Both of Walker's big catches set up Titans touchdowns. Outside of those two plays though, Walker had a tough time getting the ball as quarterback play was very lacking in this game, especially with Marcus Mariota leaving early due to injury.

2017 Week 3 vs SEA (6 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)

Delanie Walker turned in another consistent performance this week by hauling in four of six targets for 31 yards. The yardage total was small, but his usage was steady as Walker has hauled in at least four passes in each game this year while averaging right around six targets per game. Walker nearly hauled in a touchdown near the end of the third quarter, but he was interfered with via a holding penalty on Seattle defender Jeremy Lane. This would have significantly helped an otherwise disappointing statistical game.

2017 Week 2 vs JAX (4 / 4 / 61 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 1 rush)

Delanie Walker led the Titans in receiving for the second week in a row, completing the catch on all four of his targets for 61 yards. Walker came up big in key situations here, including a 19-yard catch on a long third down early in the second half. Mariota also hauled in another long catch for 17 yards on the next drive to set up the Titans' first touchdown of the day. Walker looked very good running routes here and has a clearly-established connection with Mariota. Walker also had a career highlight during this gameóthat being his first ever rushing touchdown. It is rare to see a tight end involved in rushing the ball near the goal line, but the Titans used Walker on a misdirection play with Walker coming in motion from the left on a clear goal-line package, grabbing the quick handoff from Mariota, and sprinting to the right corner to walk it in for an easy one-yard touchdown.

2017 Week 1 vs OAK (9 / 7 / 76 / 0 rec)

After being nearly non-existent in the first half with only two targets with one reception for 10 yards, Delanie Walker finished with a team-leading seven receptions and 76 receiving yards. Starting with Mariota's first pass of the second half, Walker reminded everyone of the chemistry he can develop with Marcus Mariota. Walker proceeded to catch six of his seven balls in the second half, including a 23-yard diving reception on the final drive of the third quarter, ending in a field goal for the Titans. Walker had two more long receptions on subsequent drives, for 17 and 13 yards respectively. He finished as the most efficient target amongst primary Titans receivers here, only missing out on two of his nine targets.


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