Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Delanie Walker as a pass-catcher
By Tom Carpenter
During his seven-year tenure with the San Francisco 49ers, TE Delanie Walker focused primarily on blocking, not catching passes. To wit, he only topped the 21-catch mark once (29 in 2010). However, Walker expects his role to change dramatically after joining the Tennessee Titans, according to the Tennessean's John Glennon.
“That’s my goal here — I think I’m going to make an impact in the passing game,” Walker told reporters Tuesday. “What you’ve seen in previous years, I was more of a run-blocker. But they’ve given me the opportunity to make plays and be the playmaker. I’ve been out there every day working on just catching the ball, finishing and getting those yards because I want the quarterback to trust me and I want the coaches to trust me.”
Offensive coordinator Dowell Loggains agrees with Walker's assessment.
“I don’t know how other people see him," Loggains said. "We view him as a No. 1 tight end that will come in here and catch balls and help us win games.”
The Titans couldn't get pass-catching TE Jared Cook to break out last season under former OC Chris Palmer, but maybe they will have more success under Loggains, as he leans on Walker. As for Walker, he said he has been working on not dropping balls and is aiming for 70 receptions. That may be a best-case scenario for Walker, who, according to ProFootballFocus.com, dropped nine of 30 catchable balls last year. Fantasy folks shouldn't be holding their breath on Walker.