#Titans tight end Delanie Walker passed his physical and has been removed from the physically unable to perform list.
— Tennessee Titans (@TennesseeTitans) August 19, 2013
It’s great to hear about a player who’s coming off the physically unable to perform list (PUP) and making a strong recovery from his injuries. Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker missed the first two preseason games because of a knee issue that required a scoping. While there’s no guarantee that Walker will play in either of the last two preseason games, he’s well on his way to returning for the Week 1 game on Sep. 8.
Yesterday (Aug. 18) was a rough day for Titans enthusiasts. Kendall Wright, Akeem Ayers and Ropati Pitoitua all went down with injuries during an Aug. 17 preseason game against the Cincinnati Bengals. All three of them should return for Week 1. Furthermore, the Titans are waiting on Marc Mariani and Kevin Walter to come back from their injuries. Kenny Britt has his own knee issues that he’s playing through.
Throughout the offseason, the Titans talked about how Walker would become a focal point in the passing game. They were counting on him to line up at tight end, wide receiver and fullback as a potential mismatch for linebackers and safeties. As the San Francisco 49ers No. 2 tight end, Walker had 21 catches for 344 yards. He spent the last few seasons backing up Vernon Davis.
This news won’t mean much if the defense doesn’t improve. That defense will have its hands full when they face the Atlanta Falcons on Aug. 24. Can they contain a prolific offense that includes Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez? They have two-and-a-half weeks to figure it out.