Sep 29, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker (82) catches a pass for a touchdown against the New York Jets during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports
While physical tools are good indicators of what a player will be able to do, football is still a game of production. Here is the cold, hard data of what these two players did in 2013.
Cook was able to play in all 16 games compared to Walker’s 15, but Walker was able to log more snaps. This is probably due to the fact that Cook typically does not stay in the game when blocking is needed. That always has been a major weakness in his game.
Walker put up solid stats, including new career highs in receptions, yards, and TDs. Out of the 15 games he played, he caught multiple passes or a TD in all but one game. He was knocked out of the week 13 game with a concussion after only one catch in the first quarter.
Cook also put up solid stats, including new career highs in receptions and TDs. He played in all 16 games, but was held to 0-1 catches in three of those games.
Cook’s yardage totals were higher than Walker’s, but Walker had a much better year. Both men had career highs in receptions and TDs – but Walker’s career highs are higher. He also was able to log more snaps, drop fewer passes, and contribute effectively in more games than Cook.
The stats point to Walker having a better year than Cook.