Tennessee Titans’ tight end Delanie Walker caught 60 balls last year for the Tennessee Titans, but this year, he thinks he can add about 20 more. Walker spent his first season with the Titans in 2013 after spending his previous seven with the San Francisco 49ers.
“I’ve got to get better,” Walker told the team’s website. “I’m looking to catch 80 balls this year,” Walker told the teams official website.
Walker is hoping that a healthy quarterback, Jake Locker, will help increase his both his catch and touchdown totals from a year ago when he posted six touchdowns, his career best. He became only the second tight end in Tennessee Titans history to post 60 catches on the season. If he catches 80 this year, he will join an even more elite group of players. Only three, Jimmy Graham, Jordan Cameron, and Tony Gonzalez caught 80 passes last season.
The Titans are now coached by Ken Whisenhunt and he has a knack for creating successful aerial attacks. He was the offensive coordinator for the San Diego Chargers last season and has coached the Arizona Cardinals. This is his second stint in the NFL has a head coach.
Walker has posted pretty decent numbers, but in San Francisco, he was relegated to the role of back-up behind Vernon Davis. He was signed during the free agency period in 2013 to replace tight end Jared Cook who left to rejoin Jeff Fisher in St. Louis.
“If we can get that running game started and the play action to work, that will help us down the field with big plays,” Walker explained. “If we can pound the ball and get linebackers up on play-action, then we can get behind them and get the big plays we’re looking for to put points on the board. I’m going to help out all I can in the run game because I know it will pay off in the long run,” he told NFL Network.