Friday, September 25, 2015, 7:02pm
Thursday, September 24, 2015, 6:16pm
Titans TE Delanie Walker (hand) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Walker was relatively close to playing in Week 2, so he should be able to face the Colts on Sunday. The upgrade to “full” is encouraging.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015, 6:12pm
Friday, September 18, 2015, 6:37pm
Titans TE Delanie Walker (hand, questionable) took full practice reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 2. Walker has a chance to play, but some of the beat writers have their doubts. The Titans play early on Sunday, so that’s good. Walker is not looking like a strong option this week. We’re worried about his ability to catch the ball with a sprained ligament in his wrist.
Thursday, September 17, 2015, 6:09pm
Titans TE Delanie Walker (hand) missed practice again Thursday. Walker has a chance to play and HC Ken Whisenhunt said that he was “a little closer” to practicing on Thursday. The Titans play early on Sunday. Walker is not looking like a good option this week. We’re worried about his ability to catch the ball with a sprained ligament in his wrist.
Walker suffered sprained ligaments on his right wrist during last Sunday’s win over Tampa Bay. He didn’t practice on Wednesday and was wearing a splint around the wrist.
“I’m getting better by the day,” he said. “Just being able to stay stable and block is the biggest concern, making sure I don’t set it back. I’d rather miss one week than miss three, though, so we’ll see what happens.”
This sounds more like a player who is preparing to miss a week than someone who is planning to play and be productive. Even if he does suit up, his ability to catch the ball may be limited by whatever brace he has on his wrist. We would recommend avoiding Walker this weekend, if possible.
Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 6:08pm
Titans TE Delanie Walker (hand) did not practice Wednesday. HC Ken Whisenhunt said there was a “chance” that Walker can play in Week 2. Owners should have a Plan B ready to go.
After a hand injury forced Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker from the team's 42-14 season-opening win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, head coach Ken Whisenhunt said it's unclear yet whether Walker will be able to play Sunday against the Cleveland Browns.
"I'm optimistic. There's a chance he'll play this week. We'll see how it progresses during the week,” Whisenhunt said, per the team's official website. “That was good news…because on the field, I thought it was broken. And it's not, so that's good. There is a chance he'll play this week, and if he doesn't, then at least we'll get him back relatively quickly compared to what we thought it would be.”
Walker had three catches for 43 yards and touchdown before suffering the injury against the Buccaneers. The good news for the Titans is the team is carrying five tight ends on the roster, which gives Whisenhunt options in the event Walker is unable to play. Whisenhunt said Chase Coffman, who was inactive in Week 1, would help fill in for Walker if need be. This could be heading toward a game-time call.
According to a CBS report, Walker had a cast on his hand but X-rays were negative and it wasn't broken.
Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 10:00am
Walker will make his preseason debut Friday night at Kansas City after missing the first two preseason games with an injured thumb. Walker needed 12 stitches to repair an injury earlier in camp.
He’ll get a chance to play in a game with quarterback Marcus Mariota for the first time.
“You always want to get to the regular season, but it’s good to practice and work the rust off, and I haven’t gotten the opportunity to play with Marcus yet, so I am looking forward to that,’’ Walker said. “Marcus is playing great.
“I’m looking forward to being out there with my teammates.”
The story went on to say Walker, heading into his 10th NFL season, isn’t quite 100 percent. He’s been practicing with a small protective cast on the thumb area, and the device has forced him to catch the ball a little differently.
Early in practice, Titans tight end Delanie Walker bobbled and dropped a Mariota pass, the kind that he usually hauls in with ease. I asked him if his injured thumb — he needed 12 stitches to close a cut earlier this month — was causing him any problems. He said the thumb is still tender but improving. Walker said he’ll test the thumb Sunday before a decision is made on whether he plays against the Rams.
Last year, Walker finished #9 in standard formats and #8 in PPR leagues even though he missed a game and a half in the middle of the season due to a concussion. He was #12 and #11, respectively, in 2013. In his last 22 games with the Titans, he has averaged 11.9 PPG in PPR formats, which would have been enough for a #6 finish last season. In Marcus Mariota, he should get an upgrade at quarterback and figures to remain a big part of the team’s passing attack. We're not too worried about the thumb injury, but it's something to monitor as the offseason draws to a close.
Saturday, August 15, 2015, 6:23pm
Tight end Chase Coffman led the Titans with four catches for 58 yards, Phillip Supernaw added three catches for 43 yards and Anthony Fasano had two catches for 13 yards. Combined, the tight ends accounted for nine catches for 114 yards.
“If I was asked a question of what position groups that I thought did a nice job last night, tight ends was one of those,” Titans coach Ken Whisenhunt said. “I thought they were productive. They did a nice job, made some big plays. They blocked effectively at times, they were guilty of a couple of those missed (blocking identifications) that we had offensively, but as a group, they played well.
Walker said he needed 12 stitches to close the cut, and the base of his left thumb was bandaged and taped in the locker room. The injury occurred when Da’Norris Searcy broke up a Marcus Mariota pass intended for Walker over the middle.
“I’m not concerned about it,” Walker said. “The trainers just wanted me to be smart about it, so I just went inside and made sure everything was okay with it.”
Titans Ken Whisenhunt said his preliminary estimation was that the injury wasn’t too serious and wouldn’t keep Walker out of training camp for long. He said if Walker had to sit out a couple days, he might benefit from some rest.
It doesn't sound like this is a major concern, and hopefully it stays that way since Walker is one of our favorite sleepers in 2015. Last year, he finished #9 in standard formats and #8 in PPR leagues even though he missed a game and a half in the middle of the season due to a concussion. He was #12 and #11, respectively, in 2013. In his last 22 games with the Titans, he has averaged 11.9 PPG in PPR formats, which would have been enough for a #6 finish last season. In Marcus Mariota, he should get an upgrade at quarterback and figures to remain a big part of the team’s passing attack, such that it is.
Tuesday, August 4, 2015, 5:55pm
For a quarterback, 7-on-7 work is supposed to be easier than 11-on-11 drills. There is no pass rush. There is no crowd to see over or around. Receivers should win matchups and provide open targets.
In a 7-on-7 drill, he hit Bishop Sankey and then missed on three throws in a row: He missed Hakeem Nicks in the end zone, threw out of bounds to a well-covered Kendall Wright in the back right corner of the end zone and threw a bad pass I think was aimed for Harry Douglas but might have been intended for Delanie Walker behind him.
But in the full team red zone period that followed, Mariota's fuse got re-lit.
A dump off to tight end Craig Stevens created a chance for him to bounce into the end zone. A slant to Douglas for a touchdown. A hard roll out to the right and a dart to Wright at the front corner of the end zone.
Marcus Mariota's teammates offered the same sort of solid reviews they offered during organized team activities and minicamp.
"You could tell he was training this offseason, really in the playbook," Titans tight end Delanie Walker said. "He called the huddle with poise, said the plays like he knew them, ran the offense very well. That’s exciting to see when you’ve got a young quarterback coming in and ready to go."
Mariota continues to look good in practice, so he’s off to a good start. His weapons aren’t as established as those of Jameis Winston, but in Kendall Wright and Delanie Walker, he has a couple of dependable targets. If Dorial Green-Beckham and/or Justin Hunter emerge as a viable downfield threat, Mariota may be in business. His ability to run the ball gives him some baseline fantasy value.
- Page 1