It’s time to review the fifth and final wide receiver who’s competing for two or three of the final spots on the Tennessee Titans’ 2013-14 Week 1 roster. Among the first four players covered were Nate Washington, Damian Williams, Michael Preston and Marc Mariani. Today (June 8), Titan Sized evaluates Kevin Walter, who signed as a free agent this offseason.
Walter joins the Titans after he spent the last seven seasons with AFC South rival Houston Texans. During the 2012-13 NFL season, the 31-year-old receiver had 41 receptions for 518 yards and two touchdowns. He’s hoping to extend his career to an 11th season.
What could Walter offer the Titans? He’s known as a highly effective blocker. That could help Chris Johnson when he’s used on counters, sweeps and tosses. It’s also valuable on wide receiver screens. Earlier in his career, Walter was valuable on special teams. Here’s what his previous head coach (Gary Kubiak) claimed shortly after his release:
“Anything you could ever want your organization to stand for in this business, that’s what Kevin Walter is all about. Hopefully, there’s a small window that there’s a chance he might come back. We’ll see. He’s been a class act on and off the field in this city. We are all better people for having been around Kevin.”
Make no mistake about it: If Walter has any chance of making this roster, his talents as a blocker and special teams contributor will play a huge role. Barring injuries, there’s little chance that Walter makes this team unless the Titans retain six receivers. Maybe then the Titans find a place for his niche. That seems unlikely.
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