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.
Delanie Walker has proved to be a tremendous pick-up for the Titans, as he’s caught 123 passes for 1,461 yards and 10 touchdowns over the past two seasons. But he’ll face even more of a challenge this year, as Walker probably will be working with rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota. Expect the young signal-caller to place plenty of reliance on his veteran tight end, who has been a dependable target for a handful of Titans quarterbacks.
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, such that it is.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014, 5:57pm
Titans TE Delanie Walker (knee, questionable) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Walker is expected to play through the questionable tag against Jacksonville on Thursday.
Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm
Titans WR Kendall Wright (hand, questionable) missed practice again Friday and is questionable for Week 14. Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean said he thinks Wright is a “no-go” for Sunday due to a splint on his right wrist. Wright said he “hopes” to go in Week 15, but will see how he feels on Sunday. If he’s out, downgrade Zach Mettenberger and upgrade Delanie Walker, Nate Washington and Derek Hagan. Dexter McCluster might be a sneaky PPR play as well, since he can do some of the same things as Wright.
Friday, November 21, 2014, 6:26pm
Titans TE Delanie Walker (concussion, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 12. He’s on track to play. The Eagles have been surprisingly good against tight ends, though Walker is a solid start whenever he’s active.
Thursday, November 20, 2014, 5:58pm
Titans TE Delanie Walker (concussion) took full practice reps again Thursday. He’s on track to play. The Eagles have been surprisingly good against tight ends, though Walker is a solid start whenever he’s active.
Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm
Titans TE Delanie Walker (concussion) practiced fully Wednesday. Walker hopes to be cleared by an independent neurologist on Thursday in order to play in Week 12. He’s on track to play.
With Walker out, Chase Coffman is next up on the depth chart. He has just two catches this season, both coming back in Week 2. He was targeted three times last week and should only be an emergency option if you counted on Walker.
DT Steve McLendon (shoulder), S Troy Polamalu (knee), LB Ryan Shazier (ankle), CB Ivan Taylor (forearm), S Shamarko Thomas (hamstring)
CB Cortez Allen (thumb), DE Brett Keisel (not injury related), LB Arthur Moats (not injury related), S Ross Ventrone (hamstring)
Friday, November 14, 2014, 6:06pm
Titans TE Delanie Walker (concussion) missed practice again Friday. Walker was knocked out in Week 10. We’re not expecting him to return in Week 11, but will continue to monitor his progress.
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