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TE Delanie Walker - Tennessee Titans

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

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2015 Week 17 vs IND (14 / 9 / 94 / 0 rec, 1 / 36 / 0 rush)

No matter who plays quarterback for the Titans, Delanie Walker is the team's most reliable receiver. It's not surprising because of how impressive a player he is. Walker was constantly open over the middle of the field against the Colts' slower linebackers. He couldn't take advantage of a couple of opportunities in this game, at times his quarterback's service stood out as problematic, but still managed two big plays. The first came on a rare rushing attempt when he took a disguised end around downfield for a 36-yard gain. The second came when he adjusted impressively to a backshoulder throw down the right sideline for a 29-yard gain. Walker had a very impressive season...again.

2015 Week 16 vs HOU (15 / 9 / 59 / 0 rec)

It doesn't matter who is throwing the ball, Delanie Walker is the focal point of the Titans' passing game. Mettenberger regularly locked onto Walker and looked to force the ball in his direction, but his wild accuracy prevented him from consistently giving the tight end opportunities to make plays down the field. Too many of his passes led him to defenders underneath so he didn't even have opportunities to create yards after the catch. Walker's longest reception of the game, a 20 yarder, came on a deep curl route when Mettenberger hit him in the chest and he turned downfield while dragging defenders with him.

2015 Week 15 vs NE (5 / 2 / 64 / 2 rec)

Delanie Walker's first target of the game didn't come until the second quarter, when he ran down the seam. Walker was tightly covered by two defenders, but Mariota gave him a chance to try and make a contested catch as he entered the endzone. The linebacker covering him was able to just punch the ball away. Walker's second target came from Zach Mettenberger. He was wide open down the left sideline for a big play, but Mettenberger's pass sailed just out of reach. The Titans eventually found Walker and he was able to score their first touchdown of the game by catching a short pass over the middle of the field. Walker added a second touchdown in the fourth quarter. It was a hugely impressive play as he caught a short curl route before breaking multiple tackles to sprint down the right sideline and into the endzone.

2015 Week 14 vs NYJ (13 / 7 / 71 / 0 rec)

After a quiet start last week against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Titans looked to Walker immediately against the Jets. Unfortunately, he dropped the ball after running a corner route when he was open. Walker was targeted on every snap of the Titans' first drive, but he didn't catch a pass. The second throw was knocked down and the third was uncatchable over his head. Walker would catch just two passes in the first half, both going for modest gains. The tight end's most impressive play of the day came in the third quarter, when he slid to the ground in order to pull the ball in from behind while on the ground. In garbage time, Walker stockpiled receptions to boost his statistical output.

2015 Week 13 vs JAX (12 / 8 / 92 / 1 rec)

Delanie Walker continues to be the Titans best receiving option and one of their best players. He opened the game with a rare quiet quarter and actually added another quiet quarter in the third, but made up for it during the second and fourth quarters. Walker caught a short curl route for eight yards early in the second quarter before breaking off a big gain on an out route from the slot to set the offense up in the redzone. He then capped the drive off with a touchdown on third down, when Mariota found him down the seam. Walker almost caught his second touchdown of the game before the end of the first half, but his big play was stopped just short of the pylon after he caught two passes in the Titans' successful two-minute drill. When Mariota needed a play late in the fourth quarter on Third-and-11, he looked to his tight end. Walker made a good catch despite an arriving defender over the middle of the field for what proved to be a crucial first down.

2015 Week 12 vs OAK (8 / 6 / 91 / 0 rec)

As he has done so often this season, Delanie Walker found himself wide open on a deep crossing route after play action early in this game. It was Walker's first target and his first reception and it resulted in 36 yards. After his big play downfield, Walker set about working the middle of the field with curl routes. He gained more modest yardage, nine yards, two plays after his first catch on a route between two defenders. On the following drive, Walker caught a shorter curl route and fought for the ball against tight coverage as defenders attempted to strip it away. It was an impressive play even though it only gained short yardage. The tight end added a third curl route reception before the end of the first half, this one going for seven yards over the middle of the field. He added two more early in the third quarter, but one was negated for offensive pass interference. With the Titans needing a play late in the fourth quarter, Mariota looked to Walker down the seam for a 27-yard gain. It was an impressive throw and catch from both players to move the offense near midfield.

2015 Week 11 vs JAX (10 / 8 / 109 / 0 rec)

Unsurprisingly, Delanie Walker was the focal point of the Titans' passing game. Walker and Marcus Mariota have a great relationship working the middle of the field. That was highlighted against the Carolina Panthers last week and early on against the Jaguars this week. Walker's first reception went for a first down as he ran down the seam before catching the ball and absorbing contact. Walker got his second reception soon after, on the second drive of the game, but it was a short screen play that never developed. To open the third drive of the game, Walker caught a deep crossing route for a big gain. He ran to space after play action and Mariota led him perfectly with his pass. Walker almost followed that big gain up with another big play early in the second quarter, but Mariota put the ball just out of his reach. He did catch a downfield pass before the end of the half, but it wasn't a pass that was intended for him. Walker was in the perfect position to catch a ball that was deflected into the air by a Jaguars defender. He added another reception before the half, but it was a 15-yard gain when time had ran out so the Titans didn't benefit from it. Walker had a scary moment in the third quarter. He slid into the wall behind the endzone at speed after attempting to catch a pass from Mariota. He stayed down for a moment, but returned to the game. Almost to highlight his health, Walker made a hard block for Mariota early on the following drive before catching a pass on Third-and-7 over the middle for six yards later in the fourth quarter. On the final drive of the game, Walker added two more eight yard receptions over the middle of the field.

2015 Week 10 vs CAR (4 / 3 / 52 / 0 rec)

Delanie Walker entered this game after his huge display against the New Orleans Saints last week. The Saints defense is one of the worst in the league, while the Panthers have one of the best, especially against tight ends. He was targeted on the first drive of the game, but Marcus Mariota's pass was uncatchable as he rushed to get rid of it. Mariota went back to Walker early on the following drive for his first reception. The tight end lined up as a receiver out wide before running a skinny post route for a first down. Early in the second quarter, the Titans went back to Walker on a deep crossing route after play action for another first down. Walker was the primary option for Mariota during the first half. The tight end caught a curl route up the seam for another first down.

2015 Week 9 vs NO (8 / 7 / 95 / 2 rec)

Delanie Walker was the Titans leading receiver on Sunday and also walked away with two scores - one of them with a little help from the Saints. Marcus Mariota heaved a pass towards the sideline at the end of the first quarter that bounced off of two Saints defenders and into the waiting arms of Walker, who raced up the sideline for a 61-yard score. Walker's second score came in the second quarter off of a 2-yard pass from Mariota. He will remain entrenched as one of the top targets in the Titans offense and somewhat of a go-to receiver for the rookie signal caller.

2015 Week 8 vs HOU (6 / 6 / 62 / 0 rec)

When Delanie Walker plays with Marcus Mariota, he is a great possession receiver with the ability to create yardage downfield with his athleticism. When he plays with Zach Mettenberger, he is still a great possession receiver but without the downfield threat. This game was much of the same as last week's, as Walker continually caught the ball underneath with little room to work in after the catch.

2015 Week 7 vs ATL (9 / 7 / 55 / 0 rec)

Delanie Walker's production was severely handicapped by the change at quarterback. Walker was targeted early on the first drive with a downfield throw, but the ball wasn't catchable. After missing him down the seam, Mettenberger only targeted Walker on shorter routes. Walker repeatedly caught short crossing routes or similar routes underneath for smaller gains.

2015 Week 6 vs MIA (10 / 8 / 97 / 0 rec)

Delanie Walker had a quiet game against the Bills but caught two passes for two first downs in the first quarter of this game. Both came off of play action, the first on a slant route and the second when he worked down the seam. He was forced to wait for his third reception, but once again his catch resulted in a first down. This time Mariota didn't work off of play action, but found Walker open down the seam against zone coverage. Although Walker had been gaining first downs on his receptions, he didn't make his first downfield reception until the third quarter, when he came open on a deep out route for a big play. Walker added a couple more underneath receptions during the fourth quarter, but had a relatively quiet game overall.

2015 Week 5 vs BUF (6 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)

Delanie Walker had a quiet day. He suffered an injury late on to compound his lack of production. Even though he wasn't involved much, Walker did have two redzone receptions. His first came on a quick in route where the defense read the play perfectly to prevent him from getting close to the endzone. The second was a deeper out route when he caught the ball at the one-yard line but was falling to the ground as he did so couldn't reach in to score.

2015 Week 3 vs IND (10 / 7 / 68 / 0 rec)

Delanie Walker returned to the field after missing last week's game through injury. The tight end's most notable plays during the first half were negative ones. Once he was missed by Marcus Mariota on a deep crossing route when he was open. That play wasn't his fault, but he quickly followed it up by causing an interception when he couldn't control an accurate pass against contact over the middle of the field. Walker and Mariota eventually connected downfield for a big play on 3rd-and-long to set up a red zone opportunity late in the second quarter. Although he wasn't making big plays repeatedly, Walker proved to be reliable outside of his mistake that led to the interception.

2015 Week 1 vs TB (3 / 3 / 43 / 1 rec)

Delanie Walker left this game with a hand injury and was wearing a cast in the locker room afterwards. Both he and Ken Whisenhunt said the hand wasn't broken, but it was enough of an injury to take him off the field and result in the cast. While healthy on the field, Walker had two big plays. He caught a deep crossing route from Mariota when he broke outside the pocket and a short touchdown pass on a quick curl route. His longest reception of the game was his first though, as he made a contested catch over the middle of the field on 3rd-and-10 before continuing downfield for a 22-yard gain.


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