Many groaned with the Tennessee Titans brought in tight end and ace special-teamer Delanie Walker on a $17.5 million contract this offseason, remembering only the big drops he had during both the regular season and playoffs — and there were many of them, dropping roughly a third of his accurate targets in 2012.
But as NFL Films’ Greg Cosell has said, Walker will make a few huge plays a game, and at Walker’s pay this could very well be a bargain if that translates from his old team to new. Bringing the mentality built with the San Francisco 49ers that led to two conference championship appearances and one Super Bowl berth is another plus of the Titans’ free-agent acquisition.
Tennessee, meanwhile, hasn’t seen playoff success since the mid-aughts, though Walker likes what he sees in camp thus far.
“It is good, very good actually,” Walker said, via The Tennessean. “It is similar to the 49ers, and that’s a good thing. That means the team here wants to win. We just have to get better, because we do have a lot of young guys. But that is what we are working on, getting better and understanding the philosophy of what the coaches want. I see us doing big things this year.”
One early obstacle that has hit Walker early in OTA’s is a knee injury, but the MRI and X-Rays came out negative and Walker’s look on form in his return to Titans camp.
“Guys got to see how I looked early, and I think they know that I ain’t slacking,” Walker said. “But it is upsetting not to be out there with them now. Being on a new team, I hate for something like this to happen where I can’t practice with the guys.”