TE Delanie Walker - Tennessee Titans
|6-2, 240||Born: 8-12-1984||College: Central Missouri State||Drafted: Round 6|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): Walker had a late catch and then a lot of yards on a lateral-laden desperation play at the end of the game, but you'll take it. Against the Jags defense that Owen Daniels and Crockett Gillmore found room against, you'll also put Walker in your lineup this week.
General News (Wed Dec 17): partially participated in Wednesday's practice and is questionable to play this week.
General News (Tue Dec 16): finished the Week 15 game against the New York Jets with 93 yards, setting the a team record for receiving yards in a season by a tight end with 793 yards. Walker surpassed Frank Wychek, who had 768 yards back in 1998.
General News (Tue Dec 16): partially participated in Tuesday's practice.
Week 16: at Jacksonville Jaguars
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Charlie Whitehurst is in for Jake Locker and Zach Mettenberger - he managed 10/24 for 203 yards passing, zero TDs and zero interceptions thrown against the Jets' horrid secondary last week, and has posted 69/122 for 967 yards passing, five TDs thrown and two interceptions tossed over five games in which he attempted passes for the Titans. There are worst replacement starters going here in Week 16 folks, but if you can't throw a TD against the Jets this season, who can you score on? Seriously, though, Nate Washington (10 targets for 6/102/0 receiving against the Jets) and Delanie Walker (five for 4/93/0) seem to be Whitehurst's favorite targets among the remaining receivers Tennessee can field at this date. Whitehurst was under center back in Week Six for the Titans against the Jaguars, and he threw 17/28 for 233 yards, zero TDs and zero interceptions in that game, too. The Jaguars' pass D averages 243.0 net passing yards allowed per game (21st in the NFL), with 21 passing scores given out vs. five interceptions generated to date (tied for next-to-last in the NFL). They've generated 34 sacks this year (tied for 13th in the NFL), but are not good at covering receivers in the secondary. Joe Flacco was not sacked or intercepted last week (20/30 for 221 net passing yards allowed, with one TD given up), while Ryan Fitzpatrick was sacked once for zero yards lost two weeks ago (13/19 for 135 net yards passing, with zero TDs or interceptions thrown). This looks like a neutral matchup between teams that are playing out the string.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 13 vs HOU (3 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
After his huge game last week, Walker dropped his first target of this game. Significantly, that target didn't come until the second quarter as he wasn't featured in the game plan early on. Walker was notoriously absent from the passing game, with his next target coming late in the third quarter on a short curl route. Getting Walker involved should be a focal point of the Titans' approach in the passing game.
2014 Week 14 vs NYG (10 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)
With Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter sidelined, Walker was expected to be a focal point of the passing game. Walker caught his first pass early on the second drive of the game. It was just a screen pass that he turned into a one yard gain after being confronted behind the line of scrimmage. Early in the second quarter, Walker was wide open down the field for a potential big play. However, Mettenberger threw the ball too far behind him for the pass to be catchable. Mettenberger went straight back to his tight end for a short gain on a curl route. Late in the first half, Walker couldn't bring in a short out route on Fourth-and-13. On Second-and-15 in the third quarter, Walker caught a 11 yard curl route over the middle of the field. Walker caught a pass in the flat and turned it into 12 yards late in the fourth quarter.
2014 Week 15 vs NYJ (5 / 4 / 93 / 0 rec)
Walker caught his first pass in the second quarter, as he ran a shallow out route against off coverage. His second reception came immediately after when he was targeted in the flat. Walker wasn't open, so he couldn't create any yardage after the catch. Most of Walker's yards came late in the fourth quarter, when he caught two deep passes before the two minute warning to try and set the offense up for a leading score. The Titans were unable to capitalize on Walker's initial plays, so they eventually had to try and run the ball into the end zone with different laterals on the final play. Walker was the player who finished with the football on that play, but he couldn't get past the last defender after finding his way into the opposition's red zone.
Latest NewsTitans | Delanie Walker questionable (Wed Dec 17, 05:46 PM) - Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker (knee) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 17, and is questionable for Week 16 against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Titans | Delanie Walker limited (Tue Dec 16, 03:13 PM) - Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker (knee) was limited in practice Tuesday, Dec. 16. Our View: Watch Walker's practice status this week. He should be able to fully participate in practice on Wednesday in preparation for Thursday's game against the Jaguars.
link to story Titans | Delanie Walker limited (Mon Dec 15, 07:50 PM) - Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker (knee) was limited in practice Monday, Dec. 15. The Titans didn't actually practice Monday, so Walker's status is an estimation. Titans | Delanie Walkers sets team record (Mon Dec 15, 12:41 PM) - Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker finished the Week 15 game against the New York Jets with 93 yards, setting the a team record for receiving yards in a season by a tight end with 793 yards. Walker surpassed former TE Frank Wychek, who had 768 yards back in 1998. link to story
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