Did B/R pick the right player for the Tennessee Titans offensive MVP
By Will Lomas
In a recent Bleacher Report video, Chris Simms declared that he believed 2015 would be another great season for Delanie Walker. Not only that, but he believed that he would be the Tennessee Titans offensive MVP.
While there are many new offensive players for the Tennessee Titans Delanie Walker is likely the most likely player to win that honor. Here is the case for Delanie Walker, and the closest contenders to his spot.
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(I also listed some odds. These are based off of what I think, not on any sort of Brovada/Vegas type of thing.)
Delanie Walker: 2-1
With little to nothing at the quarterback position over the last few years, Delanie Walker has put up some eye-popping stats. In just 30 games, he has racked up 123 catches, 1,461 yards and 10 touchdowns.
While those won’t match up with Calvin Johnson, they are near-elite for the tight end position.
If Marcus Mariota is going to start slow then Delanie Walker and Kendall Wright will receive a lot of attention early in this offense. While Wright may get more yards, it is Walker who will be turned to in the redzone.
Marcus Mariota: 5-1
I am a huge fan of Mariota’s and have been ever since I watched him carve up my college the University of Tennessee.
If anyone can come into this Whisenhunt system and not miss a beat it seems to be him. The big question for me is, how well does his surrounding cast treat him.
Dorial Green-Beckham, Harry Douglas, Justin Hunter, or Hakeem Nicks is going to have to play a lot of snaps in this offense, and none of them scream number one receiver based off of recent history.
However, if just one of these targets emerges to compliment Kendall Wright and Delanie Walker, this running game and offensive line should do enough to support him and let him thrive.
Kendall Wright: 7-1
Kendall Wright is more of a volume guy in my eyes, so I am not as high on him as some. His number are great, but after the game I always find myself thinking when he caught all those passes and why they didn’t stand out.
If Wright can become more dynamic like he was in college, and get more YAC thanks to improved ball placement from the quarterback, he could make big strides. However, if that happens it also boosts Marcus Mariota’s OMVP chances.
I think it would take a herculean performance from Wright to stand out like that, likely including 110+ catches and 1,000+ yards. However, when you think about it, it is only about a 1 catch per game increase from the only season where he has made it through the year healthy.