The Tennessee Titans Need More Delanie Walker

The Tennessee Titans went from the high of winning against the Atlanta Falcons last week to losing at home to the Buffalo Bills.

The team was only able to muster seven points at home and even though kicker Cairo Santos had a rough day missing four field goals, the offense of the Titans still did not look good enough to win the game. So how do the Titans get better offensively?

Well, one way is to get their best pass-catcher more involved.

In their win in Atlanta, veteran tight end Delanie Walker was noticeably absent in his production, only having one reception for four yards. His production, or lack thereof, was overlooked because of the outstanding performances of wide receivers Corey Davis and A.J. Brown.

Against Buffalo, neither Brown or Davis showed up like they did against the Falcons and Arthur Smith didn’t really get Walker the ball again.

Walker has to be involved more since he is the only consistent receiver in the passing game when given opportunities. Statistically, the Titans have been 15-13 when Delanie Walker catches four passes or more in a game.

With a quarterback that is inconsistent along with the offensive line, you want him to be more comfortable and Walker is that security blanket that can help.

As far as ways to get him involved, there are many. First, he is a mismatch due to the fact that he converted from a wide receiver to a tight end/H-Back when he first entered the NFL, so he has above average skills as a receiving tight end.

That kind of route-running along with his power can give issues to linebackers and safeties that have to cover. In order to get mismatches, the Titans would be best to move him around more .

The reality of the matter is the Titans have no consistent wide receivers and Walker has been the picture of consistency ever since he got in Tennessee. For a team that is not very good offensively, it doesn’t make sense to not get your best receiver involved.

Maybe this presentation along with some frustration Walker showed after the Bills game will get him more touches. We shall indeed see how it goes but there is no doubt that Walker needs to be more involved for the Titans to succeed offensively and more importantly, for the Titans to win a very winnable AFC South.


Mike Patton

Nashville, Tennessee

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