Titans TE Delanie Walker ‘very confident’ he’ll be ready for season opener
Tennessee Titans fans may be a bit worried about the health of Delanie Walker but the tight end tried to allay their fears by expressing his confidence in his availability to hit the field once Week 1 of the regular season comes around, per Jim Wyatt of Titans Online.
“I am very confident that I’ll be ready,” Walker said. “I love playing the game, but at the end of the day, do I need to play in the preseason? I don’t think so. I have been playing 13 seasons, and I’ve played in a lot of preseason games. So when you only get like five plays in a preseason game, I don’t know if that helps you or not.”
Walker hasn’t been practicing with the team since he sustained a toe injury during practice on Aug. 16. The injury has also played a role in why Walker hasn’t played a single preseason game, a trend that should continue until the final week of the preseason. As implied by Walker, a veteran like him who’s been around the league for over 10 years does not have to take part in preseason games to get himself ready for the regular season.
In any case, Delanie Walker will be an integral part of the Titans’ offense that is under a new offensive coordinator in Matt LaFleur, who’s introduced a new system expected to do wonders for the team that finished in the bottom five in passing offense last year.
Walker has made the Pro Bowl in each of the last three seasons. In 2017, he had 807 receiving yards and three touchdowns on 74 receptions.