Friday, June 28, 2013
Walker's replacement for 49ers
By Tim Kavanagh
During his time with the San Francisco 49ers, TE Delanie Walker was used in a variety of ways, but was generally outshined by No. 1 TE Vernon Davis. Walker is gone now, though, so perhaps in his absence, there will be more appreciation for what he brought to the table in past seasons. That is, unless the Niners can find a suitable replacement.
Their primary option would be to replace Walker with someone already on the roster, and the first man up in that regard is second-round pick Vance McDonald, according to Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area. McDonald -- who checks in at 6-foot-4, 267 pounds -- played slot receiver during much of time at Rice, so that aspect of the position will come naturally. It's his inline blocking that may need some work, so that aspect of his game may be the priority during training camp.
It's possible that the Niners could reach out to a veteran free agent at some point down the road if McDonald isn't progressing at an acceptable rate, and the list of currently available options includes Dallas Clark, Visanthe Shiancoe, Todd Heap and Randy McMichael.