Titans: Walker emerging as top passing option
Despite missing some practice reps this week due to an injured shoulder, Tennessee tight end Delanie Walker continued his hot start to the season in week 4. Walker caught five passes for 84 yards and one touchdown in the Titans’ loss to the Colts on Sunday.
The tight end is setting himself apart as the most reliable option in the Titans’ passing game so far in 2014. Walker leads the team in targets (32), receptions (22), receiving yards (317) and touchdowns (3) through four games this season. His success extends beyond the comparison to his teammates though: the second-year Titan is tied with Larry Donnell with a +8.7 overall grade in 2014, which is tops among tight ends. It is worth noting Walker has played 43 fewer snaps than Donnell.
Walker also ranks third in the NFL among tight ends who have caught at least ten passes with 2.58 Yards per Route Run and 14.4 Yards per Reception. He (along with Bears’ tight end Martellus Bennett) also has forced 8 missed tackles so far in 2014- the highest amount for a tight end in the league.
Tennessee is hoping that their tight end can continue his career year and be an integral part of their offense’s success. Walker is on pace to catch 88 balls for 1,268 yards and 12 touchdowns- all would be career-highs.