TE Delanie Walker - Tennessee Titans
|6-2, 240||Born: 8-12-1984||College: Central Missouri State||Drafted: Round 6, pick 2006|
2019 Week 1 vs CLE (6 / 5 / 55 / 2 rec)
Delanie Walker received the first pass of the season for the Titans, which he did haul in for 11 yards before the play was negated by a penalty. Two possessions later, he dropped his next target. This was likely for the best as he would have been tackled for a loss. Walker had no problem with his next target though, making a 16-yard reception streaking over the middle of the field. Walker's third catch of the game came during a two-minute drill to close out the second half as he hauled in a first-down pass for 11 yards. The second half was much more efficient for Walker, as both of his targets resulted in touchdowns. The first touchdown, near the start of the fourth quarter, came from 11 yards out as Walker did a great job getting off coverage at the line of scrimmage and hauling in a relatively high throw with a defender on his heels. Walker would find the end zone for the second time on the next drive from seven yards out as he simply leaked to the right side of the field from a pick play to be wide open and easily stride into the end zone. This was Walker's first multi-touchdown game since the 2015 season.
2019 Week 2 vs IND (6 / 4 / 39 / 0 rec)
Delanie Walker was the top target again in this game as he got started early as the recipient of the Titans' first two targets. He couldn't turn his body in time to make the catch on the first one, but he did haul in the second one on a long third down, coming up just two yards short of converting. Walker added another easy eight-yard reception on the third drive. His longest catch of the game came near the end of the first half as Walker worked the coverage on a 15-yard out route, making the catch in traffic to keep the chains moving. Walker saw a deep target that fell incomplete along with a four-yard short reception as his only action in the second half.
2019 Week 3 vs JAX (9 / 7 / 64 / 0 rec)
Delanie Walker continued to assert his position the top receiving option for the Titans offense as he led the team in targets and receptions, hauling in seven catches for 64 yards. It was a rough evening for the offense, but Walker served as a reliable safety blanket for his quarterback who needed to get the ball out quickly while under consistent pressure. Walker had a quiet first half with just one reception for two yards, but he was peppered with targets throughout the second half. Walker's top reception of the game was at the start of the fourth quarter as Mariota hit him in stride across the seam that afforded Walker a gain of 29-yards. Three of his seven receptions would also come on the final drive as Walker took advantage of a prevent defense for the short gains.
2019 Week 4 vs ATL (2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Delanie Walker was held to just one reception for four yards as the Titans offense leaned on their wide receivers in this one.
2019 Week 5 vs BUF (2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Walker started the game off with a 26-yard reception that was called back due to an offensive holding penalty. Walker would follow that up with a short reception for 10 yards, coming up just two yards short of converting the first down. Walker saw his only other target midway through the fourth quarter as he was well defended, but dropped what would have been a first-down ball to convert on third down--a critical missed chance for the Titans. That catch early in the game would be his only production of the day as Walker has now been virtually ignored for two straight games.
2019 Week 6 vs DEN (6 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec)
Delanie Walker finished with three receptions for 43 yards to complete another relatively disappointing outing after his fairly hot start to the season. His first catch was a simple catch over the middle for eight yards late in the first quarter. The play after that, Walker was held by the Broncos defender which netted the Titans 11 penalty yards. Walker's next two receptions were a pair of 18-yarders, both coming on similar routes. The first was late in the first half as Walker was wide open down the seam. His next, and final, catch came on a 3rd-and-29 on the final drive of the game as Walker streaked open across the middle of the field for an easy reception in soft coverage. Walker was also the target of the final pass of the game which resulted in an interception.
2018 Week 1 vs MIA (7 / 4 / 52 / 0 rec)
Delanie Walker was targeted seven times, hauling in four receptions for 52 yards. He got off to a slow start though, with only eight of those yards coming from Marcus Mariota before yielding to Blaine Gabbert after injury. The big news here, however, is the gruesome injury Walker suffered late in this contest as he had to be carted off with only a couple minutes remaining in the game. Early reports indicate Walker suffered a dislocated ankle along with a likely fracture, which should sideline him for the remainder of this season.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2016 Week 1 vs MIN (5 / 3 / 42 / 0 rec)
Delanie Walker received a surprisingly low workload this week as he finished with only 3 receptions on 5 targets for 42 yards. The Vikings defense did a good job taking Walker out of the picture until he managed to haul in a couple of catches for 36 yards in garbage time on the Titans' last drive. If not for those catches, Walker's stat line would have been even more atrocious than it already was. Look for Walker to be much more involved next week against a Lions defense that allowed the 4th most fantasy points to tight ends in 2015.
2016 Week 2 vs DET (6 / 6 / 83 / 1 rec)
After quite the stinker in Week 1, Delanie Walker came back with a bang as he led the Titans receiving corps this week with 83 total yards and a touchdown. Walker converted all 6 of his targets for receptions, including a 30-yard touchdown pass to start the 4th quarter. Walker set up this play well as he made a great move to the inside on a midfield route and adjusted to a well-thrown ball from Marcus Mariota. Another big chunk of Walker's yardage came from a 32-yard pass on the 1st drive of the game in which he was wide open due to blown coverage by the Lions linebackers. The rest of Walker's production came primarily from screen-type plays for little gain. While the target conversion rate and overall production is positive, the actual number of targets Delanie is being afforded should be concerning thus far as his usage last year was much higher than what we have seen thus far (only targeted 6 or less times on 3 occasions when he played the entire game in 2015).
2016 Week 4 vs HOU (8 / 2 / 34 / 0 rec)
Delanie Walker did not have much to show for his team-leading eight targets this week. Outside of a 24-yard catch on the Titans' 2nd drive, Walker was shut down by a combination of bad quarterback play and focused coverage by the Texans secondary. That one big catch could have been a touchdown as Walker was wide open in the middle of the field, but the ball was underthrown and caused Walker to slow down so much that he got tripped up after making the catch. Walker did receive an end zone target in the middle of the 3rd quarter, but the play was very well defended by Houston cornerback A.J. Bouye.
2016 Week 5 vs MIA (8 / 5 / 66 / 1 rec)
Delanie Walker had a very solid performance this week as he led the team in all receiving categories. Walker had a heavy workload earlier in this game as five of his targets and 50 of his receiving yards came in the first half. Walker's two biggest plays also came in the first half, the first being a 29-yard reception on a deep route across the middle to lead off what ended up being the Titans first touchdown drive. Walker's second big play was the 20-yard touchdown pass at the end of the 2nd quarter. Walker worked the coverage very well as he got off the line with a nice swim move before perfectly executing a stick nod route down the middle to haul in the touchdown reception. Walker has scored a touchdown in every other game, and now has eight targets in two consecutive outings.
2016 Week 6 vs CLE (2 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)
Delanie Walker ruined a ton of fantasy lineups as he had what was the best tight end matchup of the week but squandered it with only one reception coming late in the fourth quarter. Walker was simply not involved at all in the Titans offense as he was targeted only two times here. This is quite confusing coming off 18 targets in his past two weeks, so it will be interesting to monitor news outlets as the coaching staff is asked about his usage.
2016 Week 7 vs IND (8 / 7 / 84 / 1 rec)
Delanie Walker bounced back well from his stinker of a game against the Browns in Week 6, leading the team in all receiving categories this week. The Titans showed faith early in Walker as their first play of the game went straight to him for a quick 5-yard gain. Walker drew a key pass interference penalty on a deep shot late in the second quarter that set the Titans up for a big touchdown to end the half. The 4th quarter was a big one for Walker as he found the end zone on a 7-yard pass for which Walker was wide open in the back of the end zone. Walker made a good move inside that really took advantage of bad coverage to get that wide open. On the next drive, Walker caught a short pass on 3rd and 6 which he ran for a 26-yard gain that inevitably led to a field goal that would give the Titans the lead. Walker then had a garbage time 14-yard reception that further padded his stats late in the 4th quarter.
2016 Week 8 vs JAX (5 / 4 / 75 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Delanie Walker converted on four of his five targets for his second straight game with at least 75 yards. The majority of Walker's yardage came on two big plays--the first of which happened to be the first pass of the game as Mariota found Walker 18 yards downfield on a pass that Walker held ono with a defender wrapped around his ankles. Walker's second big play came just after halftime on a deep ball down the right sideline on which Walker was left wide open around 20 yards downfield. Walker then accelerated after the catch to add on 27 more yards for the Titans' longest play of the game (47 yards). While Walker's overall targets / receptions are down this season, he still remains a critical cog in this offense and should be utilized consistently going forward.
2016 Week 9 vs SD (9 / 5 / 42 / 1 rec)
Delanie Walker was questionable coming into this game with a groin injury, but he managed to suit up and haul in five of nine targets in a relatively productive day. Walker had a scare early on in the game as he had to come off the field after hauling in a 20-yard reception, but he later returned and continued to play. Walker's touchdown pass came late in the game on a drive that the Titans took advantage of a soft Chargers defense playing to conserve their lead. It was a solid throw by Mariota to fit a very small window in between defenders as Walker was sprinting full speed across the end zone.
2016 Week 10 vs GB (11 / 9 / 124 / 1 rec)
We saw much more of the 2015 season Delanie Walker this week as he absolutely dominated the Titans receiving attack, leading the team in all categories with more than twice as many targets (11) than any other receiving option. Walker's nine receptions for 124 yards were both his best marks of the season. Most of Walker's production came in the first half, amassing six receptions and 100 yards. Walker made a big catch for 41 yards to fuel the Titans' second touchdown drive that actually resulted in Walker hauling in a 10 yard reception from DeMarco Murray for his only touchdown of the game. Walker absolutely dominated on on the Titans' third touchdown drive to close the first quarter, hauling in three big 14+ yard receptions on which Walker powered through a number of tackles to gain yards after the catch. Walker was the clear focal point for Marcus Mariota when it mattered, and he will continue to be an elite option in this offense going forward.
2016 Week 11 vs IND (6 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec)
Delanie Walker had a rough outing this week coming off his best game of the season hauling in only four receptions for 36 yards. All of Walker's production came in the first half, with his longest play coming on a 14-yard catch and run mid-way through the 2nd quarter. Walker made a bonehead mistake by mouthing off at the official after making a big 10-yard catch on third down that would have set up the Titans for a field goal, costing his team 15 yards and pushing them from field goal range. This combined with a minor knee injury may have cost Walker much of his 2nd half production. Look for him to bounce back next week against the Bears.
2016 Week 12 vs CHI (4 / 3 / 50 / 1 rec)
Delanie Walker was only targeted four times, with most of his production coming in the first half as the Titans backed down their passing in the second half. Most of Walker's 50 total yards came on a big 38-yard reception across the middle of the field late in the first quarter. Walker did manage to find the end zone to help pad his fantasy stat line, lining up as a wide receiver from the four yard line and dragging across the field to take advantage of the linebackers for his touchdown reception.
2016 Week 14 vs DEN (7 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
The entire Titans receiving corps had a very quiet day as Marcus Mariota only completed six passes for less than 100 yards. Delanie Walker was the clear favorite target in the limited Titans passing attack, as he was targeted seven times for two of the team's total six receptions. Walker hauled in a nice 23-yard catch on the Titans' first drive of the game, which would be his longest play of the game. On that same drive, Walker was the recipient of a lateral from Marcus Mariota after botching the snap, and Walker actually made it into the end zone from eight yards out--however, he was ruled to have stepped out of bounds at the five yard line.
2016 Week 15 vs KC (7 / 6 / 55 / 0 rec)
Delanie Walker hauled in six of his seven targets for 55 yards in this tough matchup with the Chiefs. Walker was a factor in some big spots that do not show up on the stat page, including a couple of big catches on the Titans final drive. One of his biggest catches in the game was a 15-yard button hook to put the Titans into field goal position for the game-winning field goal attempt. Walker had a few other big catches to convert third downs on the drive prior, but he couldn't find the end zone as both touchdowns came on the ground in this game. This was Walker's best game in terms of usage since Week 10.
2016 Week 16 vs JAX (8 / 3 / 23 / 1 rec)
Delanie Walker finished this week with eight targets, but only hauled in three of them for 23 yards-- his second fewest receiving yards in a game this season. It wasn't until the first drive of the fourth quarter when Walker hauled in his first reception, but it was called back due to an illegal formation penalty. However on that same drive is when Walker found the end zone from 14 yards out by making a great play to step in front of the defender and snag the pass from Matt Cassel before backing into the end zone.
2016 Week 17 vs HOU (8 / 5 / 35 / 0 rec)
Delanie Walker was targeted eight times, but finished this game with yet another underwhelming performance as he caught only five passes for 35 yards. Walker dropped a third down pass right between his numbers early in the game. He was not a huge factor as this game was very run-heavy with most passes going towards Rishard Matthews. Walker had only one game over 100 yards this season as his usage dipped significantly, mainly due to the influx of talent on the Titans offense.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
2014 Week 1 vs KC (4 / 3 / 37 / 1 rec)
Walker didn't see his first target of the season until the second quarter. He made a contested catch for a first down over the middle of the field. On the same drive, Walker made a nice catch at full extension in the back of the end zone for a touchdown. Walker couldn't make a difficult reception close to the goalline late in the third quarter, but he rebounded early during the following drive with a catch against tight coverage on a slant route for a first down.
2014 Week 2 vs DAL (14 / 10 / 142 / 1 rec)
As Jake Locker struggled, he looked to Delanie Walker to help carry him through the game. Walker had a couple of impressive plays in the first half with good receptions, but most of his production came in the second half when Locker and the offense looked a lot better. He should have had at least one more reception as Locker missed him wide open on a crossing route for his interception, but he also had a fumble that was fortunately recovered by Justi Hunter after catching a pass in the flat. Walker was able to cosistently get open on short and intermediate routes and capped his day off with a very impressive 61 yard touchdown run that saw him break one tackle and outrun the defense to the end zone.
2014 Week 3 vs CIN (7 / 4 / 54 / 0 rec)
After being one of the few impressive Titans players in Week 2, Walker made a strong start against the Bengals. He caught a pass over the middle of the field before quickly breaking a tackle and continuing forward for more yards after the catch. Walker's next reception came on the second drive of the game, as he was tackled after a short gain in the flat. Locker forced a bad pass to Walker that was intercepted in the second quarter. Walker couldn't have prevented it. He immediately went back to his tight end on the next drive as Walker caught a pass in space over the middle of the field. Walker was consistently finding space over the middle of the field. He added another first down to his tally in the first half late in the second quarter.
2014 Week 4 vs IND (7 / 5 / 84 / 1 rec)
Walker was an injury concern leading into this game, but he looked healthy once he got to the field. His first reception came during the second quarter, when he caught a deep crossing route before running away from the defender to the sideline. On Third-and-19, Walker caught a pass underneath before shaking a defender in space to run for 18 yards. Walker was unfortunate not to convert for a first down. After a punt and quick turnover, Whitehurst went straight back to Walker down the seam for a big play. After those two plays, the offense looked to get the ball in Walker's hands again at the goalline. He was thrown the ball in the flat and likely would have had a touchdown, but he failed to coral a fast ball from his quarterback. Whitehurst showed faith in him by going back to him immediately in double coverage over the middle of the field. Walker made a great catch for the team's first touchdown of the game. In the third quarter, the offense focused on Bishop Sankey before Whitehurst found Walker on a short out route.
2014 Week 5 vs CLE (4 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)
Delanie Walker is having a very impressive season and he made a strong start to this game. Walker caught Jake Locker's first pass before escaping down the sideline for a big gain. Despite the Titans' focus on passing the ball, Walker didn't see another target until late in the fourth quarter. With the Titans facing a Third-and-10 deep in their own territory, Walker came open over the middle of the field for a first down. On the next third down, Walker caught an out route at the first down marker. He initially appeared to be short of the first down, but a generous spot moved the chains. When the Browns challenged the call, it was overturned and marked short of the first down marker. Walker caught another pass on the final drive of the game when the Browns were playing prevent defense.
2014 Week 6 vs JAX (8 / 3 / 57 / 0 rec)
Delanie Walker continues to have an impressive season. His first catch came in the flat and allowed him space to operate in. He broke two tackles to continue down the field, but stepped out of bounds to curtail any further advancement. Not too long after that, Walker was wide open down the seam for what would likely have been another huge play. However, Whitehurst badly overthrew him. For his next target, the same thing happened as Walker was open on a deep crosser and Whitehurst threw the ball out of bounds. On his third attempt, Whitehurst was able to find Walker when he was wide open down the field. Walker caught the ball and made a defender miss for his biggest gain of the day.
2014 Week 7 vs WAS (5 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Walker wasn't having a good game before he caught his first pass. He had been targeted twice, once he couldn't make a contested catch in the end zone and once when he was badly overthrown for an interception. When he finally caught his first pass in the third quarter, he fumbled the ball and his blushes were only saved by an early whistle from the officials. Walker's next reception came on third down, but he was stopped just short of the marker when working back to his quarterback.
2014 Week 8 vs HOU (9 / 4 / 37 / 1 rec)
Walker's first catch came late in the third quarter, as he caught a shallow pass underneath on a crossing route. Soon after that play, Walker caught a touchdown pass when he was left wide open at the goal line because of the Titans play design. On the Titans' final drive of the game, Walker added one reception for 10 yards over the middle of the field and a similar catch for 14 yards.
2014 Week 10 vs BAL (5 / 3 / 37 / 0 rec)
On Third-and-10 early in the first quarter, Walker found himself open over the middle of the field for a first down. A few plays later, Walker caught a screen pass for a short gain. The pass on this play took away any potential for a big gain because Walker had to bend down to catch the ball. Mettenberger went straight back to Walker down the seam for a first down. Towards the end of the second quarter, Walker absorbed a huge hit and left the game with an injury.
2014 Week 12 vs PHI (9 / 5 / 155 / 0 rec)
Walker announced his return to the field with the first of Mettenberger's targets on the day. He came free down the right sideline, but the pass floated and forced him to try and catch the ball over the defender beneath him. Walker did a good job to cleanly get his hands to the ball, but couldn't hold it as he fell to the ground. In the second quarter, Walker adjusted well to a pass down the seam for a huge reception that set the offense up at the goal line. After that huge play, Walker was again set free running down the field on a Third-and-Short when he caught a pass on a pick play for a big gain. Late in the fourth quarter, Walker found his way into space again for another big gain that was largely YAC. He beat Malcolm Jenkins in coverage and the safety even held him without success. In his return to the field, Walker was uncoverable for the Eagles. The only restbite the Eagles linebackers and safeties got came when he was resting on the sideline for snaps.
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.
2014 Week 16 vs JAX (6 / 4 / 54 / 0 rec)
As he has done all season long, no matter who was throwing him the ball, Walker caught a big pass down the field for a first down when his first target came. Walker ran a deep crossing route before catching the ball and protecting himself from an incoming hit. Whitehurst went back to Walker two plays later when he targeted him on a curl route. Walker juggled the ball initially, but corralled it before going to the ground. Unsurprisingly, Walker was heavily involved in the passing game. Midway through the second quarter, he added another first down reception on a deep crossing route after play action. In the fourth quarter, Walker caught a short curl route for eight yards on Second-and-10.
2014 Week 17 vs IND (10 / 7 / 43 / 0 rec)
Walker was wide open in the flat to begin the game, but Whitehurst badly overthrew him. Before the end of the first quarter, he would record his first reception but it went for a short gain over the middle of the field. On Third-and-Six deep in Titans territory during the second quarter, Walker ran a crossing route before catching a pass against tight coverage for an important first down. Two plays later, Walker almost had his second consecutive first down as he caught a nine yard pass underneath before being tackled short of the line of scrimmage. At the goal line in the second quarter, the Titans pitched the ball to Walker behind the line of scrimmage. Walker ran hard but was stopped just short of the end zone. Through the first quarter, Walker was working the middle of the field with ease. He caught another out route underneath late in the second quarter with the clock dying down. Midway through the third quarter, Walker caught an out route for six yards to set up a Third-and-One. In the fourth quarter, Walker caught a screen pass and fought his way through bodies at the line of scrimmage. As he tried to move forward, he lost the football. Fortunately, the Titans recovered it.
2013 Week 1 vs PIT (4 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec)
Walker caught a quick pass underneath as the Steelers gave him space in zone coverage. Walker caught a bubble screen in the second quarter and did well to fend off Ryan Clark for an eight yard gain. Locker tried to find Walker deep down the sideline in the third quarter, but Locker missed him. Locker found Walker deep down the seam soon after. Walker fumbled the football, but showed enough athleticism and effort to recover it ahead of a Steelers' defender. Walker drew a deep pass interference penalty from Ryan Clark as the Titans were looking to drain the clock in the fourth quarter.
2013 Week 2 vs HOU (2 / 1 / 10 / 1 rec)
Walker's first target came late in the first quarter, as Locker overthrew him down the sideline. Walker wasn't involved in the passing game, but he caught a touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter when Locker found him on an out route before he broke a tackle to get in the endzone.
2013 Week 3 vs SD (8 / 5 / 49 / 0 rec)
Walker's first target was a short reception in the flat on third and 15. A few series later, Locker overthrew Walker after he had run behind a defender on a deep crossing route. At the goalline, Walker ran behind the line of scrimmage before catching a pass from Locker. He was hit as soon as he caught the ball however for a one yard loss on the play. Late in the second quarter, Locker found Walker on a deep out for a first down on first and 10. Walker didn't see the ball again until the fourth quarter, when he caught an underneath pass in traffic from his quarterback. The play was negated by offsetting penalties. A play or two later, Walker caught a deep out route in traffic on third and long for a first down. That play wasn't negated by a penalty. Walker was making a lot of ground on those deep out routes, as he contributed early on the Titans' game-winning drive with one for a first down. Walker was very good on the day, but he nearly lost the game for the Titans when he dropped a perfect pass from Locker on what ultimately became the game-winning drive. The tight end was wide open over the middle of the field as he found space between the linebackers and safeties in zone coverage. The ball bounced off of his chest however and went straight to a defensive back. The defender dropped the ball though.
2013 Week 4 vs NYJ (4 / 3 / 14 / 1 rec)
Walker's first reception was a wide open touchdown in the back of the endzone. He escaped into open space after the Titans ran play action at the goalline. Early in the second quarter, Walker caught a six yard out route on second and 20. During the final moments of the second quarter, Walker beat a defender on a quick out route for a first down on second and eight. On third and three, Locker slightly overthrew Walker over the middle of the field so the tight end couldn't complete a difficult catch.
2013 Week 5 vs KC (6 / 4 / 43 / 0 rec)
Walker was Ryan Fitzpatrick's first target on the day. Walker should have caught it, but he adjusted to a terribly thrown pass on an out route that would have gone for a first down if well thrown. Walker's next target came early in the second quarter on a pass that should have been intercepted. Walker was well covered as he ran a post route against cover-2. Fitzpatrick threw the ball straight to Eric Berry underneath. There was nothing Walker could do but try and break it up. After Jackie Battle brought the offense to the red zone in the second quarter, Walker kept working in his route to catch a pass that brought the offense to the goalline. Walker beat Eric Berry underneath before carrying the ball forward. Walker caught a low pass on third and 14 for seven yards. Later in the third quarter, Fitzpatrick targeted Walker running down the seam. The ball fell incomplete, but the tight end drew a holding penalty. Two plays later, Walker drew a pass interference penalty on a crossing route against Eric Berry. It prove to be a very bad call however, so Walker was fortunate. There was no luck on the next play as Walker caught a wide open 15 yard pass over the middle of the field. Walker caught a quick out underneath on second and 10 for seven yards. A few plays later, Fitzpatrick looked for Locker deep down the middle of the field, but the ball was thrown behind him and was ultimately intercepted.
2013 Week 6 vs SEA (5 / 4 / 29 / 0 rec)
Walker wasn't targeted in the first quarter. His first reception came on his first target in the second quarter. He ran a short out route between defenders. Walker caught just his second pass in the fourth quarter when he ran a curl underneath. Walker caught exactly the same type of pass a few plays later. A few plays later, Walker ran an out route before breaking a tackle for a first down reception.
2013 Week 7 vs SF (5 / 3 / 52 / 1 rec)
Walker wasn't targeted on the Titans' first drive of the game. He caught a pass deep down the field very early on the second drive however as he beat Patrick Willis in man coverage. His next reception was a curl route underneath in the fourth quarter. With the game already decided, Walker caught a touchdown in the end zone as he leaked behind the secondary.
2013 Week 9 vs STL (2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
On second and 15 in the first quarter, Walker caught an eight yard pass by the sideline before breaking a tackle. The Rams swarmed to him to stop him from gaining any more yardage. Walker caught a five yard pass just short of the first down marker on second and six.
2013 Week 10 vs JAX (8 / 4 / 62 / 1 rec)
Walker was targeted early in the game, but the ball was nowhere near him deep down the field. His first reception came in the fourth quarter when he caught a curl pass underneath. Walker caught a pass underneath for a first down in the fourth quarter. Walker caught a deep pass down the seam late on in the fourth quarter when the game had all but been decided. Walker followed that up with a touchdown running down the seam, but it proved to be too little too late.
2013 Week 11 vs IND (10 / 10 / 91 / 1 rec)
Walker had a career day in yards and receptions as he became a focal point of the Titans' passing attack. While the matchups for he and Kendall Wright may not be there as the season develops, with Fitzpatrick at quarterback the targets should stay relatively high. Fitzpatrick isn't a downfield thrower so Walker's ability to work underneath complements him well. Walker caught his quarterback's first two throws. The first was a quick pass into the flat that he turned back in field for a 10 yard gain. The second came on third and one, as he beat the linebacker across his face over the middle of the field. Walker's catches were coming in bunches, as he caught two more together on the second drive of the game. His first was an out route for a first down against Antoine Behtea, while the second was an exact replica of his second catch of the first drive as he beat Pat Angerer across his face again. A pair of back to back catches in the third quarter started with one for a two yard loss, before he beat Angerer again over the middle of the field for six yards. A three yard catch for a first down on third and three closed out the third quarter. In the fourth quarter, a blown assignment allowed Walker to catch the ball on a crossing route before turning down the sideline for a big gain. Walker started and finished the Titans' final drive of the game. He beat Angerer for four yards, before he caught a 19 yard touchdown on a deep out route.
2013 Week 12 vs OAK (9 / 5 / 46 / 0 rec)
Walker's first target came on the first drive. He came free deep down the field on an out route, but dropped a high pass. A few plays later, Walker caught a bubble screen for a first down on second and six. In the second quarter on first and 10, Walker caught a pass over the middle for a short gain. Walker caught a shallow crossing route before turning upfield for a first down. Walker dropped a first down pass late in the first half, before he caught an out route for eight yards on second and 10. Walker converted a third and four with a reception over the middle of the field in the third quarter.
2013 Week 13 vs IND (2 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Walker caught his first target on a quick out route in the first quarter. Fitzpatrick went straight back to Walker on the next play for a first down pass. He landed heavily on his back and left the game with a concussion.
2013 Week 15 vs ARI (11 / 8 / 53 / 1 rec)
Walker was inactive last week, but he didn't have to wait long for his first reception. On Fitzpatrick's second attempt he caught a first down pass in the flat. Walker was showing no ill-effects from his absence last week. Late in the first quarter, he caught another pass in the flat before running downfield for a big gain. Walker's next reception wasn't so spectacular. He caught a four yard crossing route against tight coverage on second and 13. Fitzpatrick checked down to him for a short gain on the following third and 9. Walker saw two targets in the end zone during the third quarter, but couldn't make either catch. At the third attempt, Walker caught his touchdown when he was wide open after play action. After Fitzpatrick threw an interception to give the Cardinals a 17 point lead in the fourth quarter, Walker was able to get an easy first down on an out route with the coverage slacking. After cutting the lead to 10, the Cardinals were showing urgency and Walker caught a quick out route to set up the offense in the red zone.
2013 Week 16 vs JAX (7 / 4 / 35 / 0 rec)
Walker's first target came in the second quarter. On fourth and one, Walker came open very quickly on an out route for a first down. Although he hadn't featured earlier in the game, he quickly saw his second target. Again, he ran an out route but this time he made a reception in tight coverage for a first down. With around 30 seconds left in the second quarter, Walker caught a pass underneath for seven yards before getting out of bounds. Walker's first involvement in the second half saw him cause an interception. Ryan Fitzpatrick threw him a slightly high pass, but Walker should have caught it. Instead, he tipped it into the air for a turnover. Fitzpatrick found Walker early in the next drive for a short gain underneath.
2013 Week 17 vs HOU (3 / 3 / 29 / 0 rec)
Walker's first reception set up a field goal attempt in the second quarter. It was third and 15, but his out route only went for 11 yards before he was cut down by a defensive back. Walker had no space to work in. On the following drive, Walker ran an out route to the other side of the field. This time he did have space and he used that space to jump forward for a first down. He had just one more reception and it was another out route that was stopped short of a first down. Walker was on the peripheral of this game.
2012 Week 3 vs MIN (2 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)
His only catch of the day came on an outlet for a heavily pressured Smith. He spent the rest of the game blocking.
2012 Week 4 vs NYJ (4 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)
Delanie Walker is a key piece of the 49er offense. While it may not show up in the box score, he does a little bit of everything. Walker was chosen to run the option with Kaepernick and was Smith's favorite check down option. In the third quarter, Walker took a check down from Smith 25 yards into the red zone. Walker is a great blocker and was often responsible for sealing the edges.
2012 Week 7 vs SEA (1 / 1 / 12 / 1 rec)
Walker caught the decisive play of the game when he ran a crossing route in the redzone before using an excellent block by Vernon Davis to get into the endzone for the game's only touchdown.
2012 Week 8 vs ARI (3 / 2 / 38 / 0 rec)
Although he was responsible for the only incompletion of the game by turning upfield before securing the catch, Walker still had a good game. In the 1st quarter he ran a corner route and found himself open in space. He was able to pull in the catch for a long gain, though Walker wasn't able to get many yards after the catch with his average speed. His second completion was another corner route, but this pass was tipped and Walker was forced to readjust to the ball. The tight end showed some nimble feet as he caught the ball falling out of bounds, but with both feet in the play resulted in another long gain.
2012 Week 11 vs CHI (3 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Though Walker had only one catch, he was open in the end zone and was missed by Kaepernick. The one catch was a good display of hands, as Kaepernick rifled the ball in to the tight end's gut and Walker was able to hold on.
2012 Week 12 vs NO (3 / 3 / 81 / 0 rec)
A fantastic game from Walker, as the tight end repeatedly found himself open on long routes and made great, athletic plays to secure long passes. On a long post route on the first drive of the second half, Walker flew by the coverage and was hit in stride by an accurate throw. Later, Walker ran through the soft part of the zone in the middle of the field and Kaepernick rifled a ball to the tight end. Leaping and twisting, Walker was able to make the catch and showed his athleticism in putting his body in position and great hands securing the hard throw. Walker also showed his strength, not only sealing corners with hard blocks but catching a short ball on a play-action route and keeping his legs churning as it took three tacklers to take him down.
2012 Week 13 vs STL (2 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
A poor game for Walker, as his only catch was a low throw that forced the tight end to slide, capping the yards after the catch. More important than that catch was the pass he didn't secure, a play action route where Walker dove at the defenders to fake a run block, regained his feet and ran to the end zone. Kaepernick threw a perfect ball over Walker's shoulder, and though Walker had a few steps on the defense and the ball hit his hands, the tight end dropped the sure touchdown.
2012 Week 14 vs MIA (1 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)
Walker's lone catch was the first offensive play of the game: a strike 20 yards down field as the tight end ran a deep out route to the soft part of the zone. For most of the day, Walker stayed in to block and wasn't targeted again.
2012 Week 15 vs NE (2 / 2 / 29 / 1 rec)
Walker's long touchdown catch was a great play, as Walker flew off the line and beat his coverage to the corner of the end zone. With the safety cheating inside, Walker was wide open in the corner as Kaepernick delivered a hard throw to the tight end's chest, and Walker was able to catch the touchdown easily. Though Walker made a great play on the touchdown, he also surrendered a costly fumble in the red zone when he caught the ball, took two steps and absorbed a blow to the chest, knocking the ball clean out.
2012 Week 16 vs SEA (7 / 4 / 54 / 1 rec)
The majority of Walker's production came on one drive in garbage time, as the 49ers leaned on the pass to catch up. On the 49ers' last drive of the 4th quarter, Kaepernick hit Walker in the chest deep to the right, and the tight end was able to hold on for a 23 yard gain. Soon after, Kaepernick hit Walker in the left flat, and the tight end was able to sprint in space for a gain of 9 yards. To end the drive and shorten the wide gap in score, Kaepernick hit Walker on a corner route as the tight end ran by all the coverage. Running in to the end zone, Walker was able to catch an accurate ball in stride for a touchdown.
2012 Week 17 vs ARI (4 / 2 / 50 / 0 rec)
Walker had two big plays, the first coming in the 2nd quarter as Walker ran a long comeback route and did a great job of locating the ball and using his body to shield the catch from the defender. Walker caught another long throw on a post route, cutting across the middle and catching an accurate throw against one-on-one coverage. Walker showed great athleticism and above average speed on his catches, and with the injuries to Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams, Walker looks to have emerged as the 49ers' third receiving option. However, Walker did have a tendency to drop high pressure catches, as he ran a seam route in the 3rd quarter that hit him right in the hands in the end zone, yet the tight end was unable to hold on.
2012 Week 19 vs GB (5 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
Walker couldn't beat Sam Shields back to the football on a deep comeback route, before dropping a pass from Kaepernick on the sideines that would have gained seven yards. Walker dropped another pass that would have netted him six yards on second and 10. Walker finally caught a pass in the fourth quarter when he was wide open and slid down to catch an underthrow pass from Kaepernick for a 20 yard gain.
2012 Week 20 vs ATL (0 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)
Walker was minimally involved in the offense as Colin Kaepernick threw just 21 passes against Atlanta. Walker caught his sole on-target pass in the early third quarter on a deep crossing route. Later in the second half, Walker found tight coverage on a seam route and Kaepernick delivered one of his few inaccurate passes on the play.
2011 Week 5 vs TB (3 / 2 / 37 / 1 rec)
Made a great catch in the 1st quarter with 3 Bucs around him as he raced into the end zone to make the catch and the touchdown. Alex Smith missed him on a 2nd Touchdown that would have been good from about 50 yards. It was a good day anyways for Walker who did some mean run blocking along the way but it could have been an even bigger day had Smith been a little more accurate.
2011 Week 6 vs DET (3 / 2 / 11 / 1 rec)
Walker wasn't heavily involved in the passing game in the first half, but was a part of two big plays after halftime. He got wide open for what should have been an easy 13-yard score. The problem is that the pass was right on the end zone sideline, and Walker dropped it as he was trying to set his footwork to keep himself inbounds. He was given a shot at redemption, however, late in the game. Facing a fourth down and with the game on the line, Walker was targeted near the goal line on a quick slant. He snagged the pass, fought for the end zone, and barely kept his knee off the ground as he pushed his way in for the score. The play was reviewed, but it was determined that he had managed to keep himself up long enough for the game-winning score.
2011 Week 9 vs WAS (2 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec, 1 / -3 / 0 rush)
Walker was not relied on often, but came through when needed, busting through a few defenders after the catch to get first down yardage late in the game. He's not about to usurp Vernon Davis's role anytime soon, but should continue to get the call a few times per game.
2011 Week 10 vs NYG (7 / 6 / 69 / 0 rec)
Delanie Walker is not a big name but really looks good in this offense at times. Walker was able to get downfield and punish the Giants with big catches when they didn't give him much attention. Walker was particularly effective and a hot target for QB Smith when Smith bought some time for his WR's and rolled out of the pocket to escape pressure. Walker was on the same page with his QB and caught many passes this way. He has a big problem in that he has to compete with many teammates for the ball including teammate TE Davis but he has it in him to have the occasional big game. Walker isn't the biggest or fastest TE but he can get open and make tough catches. He is strong though as he stiff armed a defender while running with the ball and looked very impressive doing so.
2011 Week 13 vs STL (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / 14 / 0 rush)
Walker didn't do much through the air but looked impressive on a reverse play. On that play he was in the open field with a defender set to tackle him but Walker juked him and took it for a 14 yard gain. If Davis ever went down with an injury, Walker seems capable to fill in.
2011 Week 20 vs NYG (4 / 2 / 36 / 0 rec)
Walker played with a broken jaw, but failed to make the same kind of impact he had in the first meeting between these teams this season, when he led the team in receptions and yardage. Walker did have a 29-yard catch, but that was on a desperation play at the end of regulation.
2010 Week 1 vs SEA (4 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
Walker is a distant second on the depth chart to Vernon Davis, but the 49ers were really trying to exploit the matchups in this game, to the point of giving Walker the ball on a TE reverse (yeah, guess what? Didn't work). He was targeted twice inside the 20 and should continue to get the odd look, but he didn't show the best hands, so he shouldn't be relied on for any sort of consistency. Like Norris, he is worth mentioning, and only worth a bye week play if the 49ers continue to be willing to use their big guns as decoys in the red zone.
2010 Week 2 vs NO (2 / 2 / 26 / 0 rec)
Walker was involved early catching a 21 yd pass on a bubble screen, making a guy miss on his way. He later had a key fumble while making an extra move in the red zone and was not heard from again. His size speed combo and versatility make him an interested player for the 49ers to utilize moving forward.
2010 Week 4 vs ATL (2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Delanie Walker's day ended prematurely as he was carted off the field. His first involvement was a deep route which was flagged for pass interference. It would have gone for a 34 yard gain. Walker made a nice catch on a swing pass, tossing a defender aside for a nifty six yards.
2010 Week 8 vs DEN (7 / 5 / 85 / 0 rec)
Walker had the most chemistry with Smith on Sunday, and passes looked the best when they were thrown to him. He had numerous nice gains on dig and slant routes over the middle, using his big body and very reliable hands to pluck the ball. By far, the biggest contribution he made for the 49ers was hailing in an absolute hail mary pass from Smith over the middle. He made this catch between Champ Bailey and Brian Dawkins and really got his QB out of a lot of trouble.
2010 Week 10 vs STL (5 / 4 / 80 / 0 rec)
This tight end with wide receiver skills made a few very nice receptions in this game. His best catch by far was on a corner route when he showed off a great deal of speed to get by the cornerback and in front of the safety to reel in the ball. The footwork he displayed on this catch was also terrific. Walker was, like Vernon Davis, a reliable option in the passing game for Smith.
2010 Week 13 vs GB (3 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
The TE position is popular for Troy Smith. Walker does a lot of run blocking and rewarded with some catches now and again too.
2010 Week 15 vs SD (5 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec)
Walker had an opportunity for a big play very early in the contest after beating his man deep down the left sideline. Despite a perfect pass from QB Alex Smith, Walker was unable to corral the pass and let it bounce off his fingertips for an incompletion. He did make a few grabs, but each was for minimal yardage and very forgettable.
2010 Week 17 vs ARI (3 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
Walker played a small role, but his spin move and tackle-breaking determination was very impressive for a TE, and you get the feeling he could be very productive if he was allowed to start elsewhere in a good pass offense.
2009 Week 1 vs ARI (3 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)
Walker actually got some money targets, including two deep targets and one in the end zone, but his stats won't reflect that. It's going to be hard for Walker to get a foothold in the box score unles Vernon Davis gets hurt, but he is not a forgotten man in this passing offense.
2009 Week 4 vs STL (1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec, 1 / 16 / 0 rush)
The 49ers' second TE contributed some in Week 4 against the Rams, posting 26 total yards with his two touches. Walker caught a 10-yard pass in the second quarter while also adding a 16-yard run on a reverse in the third. Walker is an athletic player but he has yet to carve out a big enough role to have any fantasy value.
2009 Week 5 vs ATL (3 / 1 / 39 / 0 rec)
Walker made a great catch and long gain on an underthrown ball, but his fumble of a kickoff return was one of the nails in the 49ers coffin in this game.
2009 Week 9 vs TEN (2 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Delanie Walker saw just two targets in Week 9, catching one pass for a 13 yard gain. He remains a non-factor for fantasy and NFL purposes alike.
2009 Week 12 vs JAX (5 / 4 / 52 / 0 rec, 1 / 11 / 0 rush)
Walker won't get much attention playing behind Vernon Davis, but he made a few athletic plays and ended the day with over fifty yards receiving. In this new, pass heavy offense - now that Alex Smith is at the helm - he's worth a fantasy flyer. Just don't expect a lot of red zone looks.
2009 Week 13 vs SEA (4 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Walker was really utilized in the offense, he was no mere dump off target as most 2nd tight ends would be. Early in the game, he nearly had a TD catch, even though he was mauled by Lawyer Milloy -- with no pass interference call, a glaring error -- but couldn't quite hold on. He was effective whenever he got the ball, and one catch (that got called back on a penalty), Walker showed a good agility-strength combo and turned what looked to be a no gain play into a 10 yard first down.
2009 Week 14 vs ARI (3 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Walker didn't get too many targets because the 49ers were to go run-heavy later in the game, but he did prove to be a tough out after the catch once again. He also had a short one-handed catch that was nullified by a penalty.
2009 Week 15 vs PHI (4 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
Delanie Walker was active in Week 15 for the 49ers, catching a seven-yard pass on the first play of the game for San Francisco. Walker added a 13-yard gain out of the slot later in the first period but struggled after his third catch where he picked up six yards but then fumbled the ball to CB Asante Samuel.
2009 Week 16 vs DET (4 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)
Walker was more like an additional receiver in the first half that he was a TE. Walker had a nice catch and run on a designed screen in the second quarter for 12 yards. Later in the second, he ran a deep crossing route and Smith rolled out and hit him on the run for a big 22 yard gain. In the second half, he was not used because Gore was the primary focus of the offense as the Niners broke away and put the Lions away.
2009 Week 17 vs STL (2 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
Walker had a few short catches as the 3B option in the passing game, but didn't make much happen after the reception.
2008 Week 3 vs DET (3 / 3 / 44 / 1 rec)
Walker made the most of his three targets, as he hauled in two first down receptions and a 24 yard touchdown reception.
2008 Week 4 vs NO (1 / 1 / 21 / 0 rec)
Walker mainly saw action as the second tight end when the 49ers were in a two tight end set.
2008 Week 8 vs SEA (3 / 2 / 53 / 0 rec)
TE Delanie Walker was injured in the first half and did not return to the game but he had a big reception for 53 yards in the first half. He also had a pass that was thrown to him at the one yard line deflected away by a defender.
2008 Week 10 vs ARI (1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Walker was not involved in the passing game and caught the only ball thrown his way for a four yard gain.
2008 Week 14 vs NYJ (2 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)
Walker showed good route running ability, getting open on the pass he caught, on a second pass where the ball was thrown behind him, and on a 28 yard pass play that he scored on but did not count because of a holding penalty on an offensive lineman.
2008 Week 15 vs MIA (2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Walker runs very nice routes for a larger guy and appeared to be giving his defenders a challenge. Walker made a single catch for ten yards and was also targeted on a deeper pattern later in the game.
2007 Week 3 vs PIT (7 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
Walker was targeted seven times as San Francisco focused the passing games on its tight ends. Walker caught three passes. Despite the attention he received from Smith, Walker was unimpressive; he gained only 19 yards and dropped two passes he could have caught.
2007 Week 4 vs SEA (4 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
With Vernon Davis out of the lineup, Walker played the role of the primary receiving tight end. Walker was able to split behind the linebacker down the sideline deep in Seahawks territory, however was just slightly overthrown on a ball that would have gone for a touchdown pass.
2007 Week 5 vs BAL (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Walker started for an injured Vernon Davis at the tight end position, but was not targeted in the passing game.
2007 Week 7 vs NYG (2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Walker caught one pass for four yards
2007 Week 8 vs NO (2 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
Playing behind a healthy Vernon Davis, Walker was used mostly as a blocker, but also saw a couple of short passes thrown his way.
2007 Week 9 vs ATL (3 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Walker was only a target when Smith was desperate and found no one open. Of course, when Walker was open on a deep post pattern, Smith overthrew the ball.
2007 Week 10 vs SEA (1 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Walker caught his only target of the game in the first quarter.
2007 Week 13 vs CAR (2 / 1 / 21 / 1 rec)
Walker was targeted twice in the game. He caught one pass for a 21 yard touchdown. The score put San Francisco within three points early in the second half.
2007 Week 14 vs MIN (8 / 6 / 66 / 0 rec)
Walker had a career game, pulling in six of his eight targets to lead the 49ers with 66 receiving yards. Most of his yardage came after the game was well decided and the Vikings were giving the 49ers short underneath passes.
2007 Week 15 vs CIN (2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Walker had two catches for 13 yards in the first half. He did not have any catches in the second half.
2006 Week 6 vs SD (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
In the fourth quarter the Central Missouri rookie caught a 16 yard pass, but the play was overturned on a holding penalty.
2006 Week 13 vs NO (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Walker played some in Week 13 as TE Vernon Davis was working his way back into the lineup and TE Eric Johnson was out with an injury. Walker was primarily a blocking tight end, but he did get two balls thrown in his general direction against the Saints. Both plays were on scramble roll outs by QB Alex Smith, and neither ball came close to him. The official scorer gave the first target to WR Antonio Bryant, as the ball sailed over Walker's head and landed a few yards in front of Bryant.