2. The Return of Delanie Walker
After suffering a gruesome ankle injury in Week 1 against the Miami Dolphins, the Tennessee Titans most consistent player Delanie Walker, was forced to miss the entire season.
His absence left the Tennessee Titans without their top-3 receiving threats from the 2017 season as well as Marcus Mariota’s favorite target. On top of this, they lost a multifaceted chess piece that could be used as a blocker just as frequently as he could be used as a receiver.
At 34 years old, Walker is looked at as being one of the older guys on the team, and year after year, people want to bring in a new guy to replace Walker and his age.
However, Walker has shown time and time again that when healthy, he’s one of the top TE’s in the game. Since his tenure began in Tennessee in 2013, Delanie hasn’t recorded less than 60 receptions in a full season.
He isn’t just a pure volume/check down guy either. Delanie Walker has racked up 26 total TD’s along with totaling 4,156 yards during that stretch which puts him in the upper echelon of TEs over that stretch (not including the 52 on four receptions in Week 1 before he got hurt last year).
2015 has been his best season so far, but this is going to be the most talented surrounding cast he has ever had. His injury last year is being used as motivation for him to get back to his old self, and take this Titans offense to the next level.