Winner: Jonnu Smith
The third-year tight end was a source of explosive plays for Tennessee’s offense and he finished third on the team in receiving yards. He also made an insane one-handed grab for a touchdown in the divisional round against the Ravens.
Most importantly, he showed that life after Walker will be just fine for the Titans.
Winner: Anthony Firkser
We’ll also group Anthony Firkser in with the winners. Firkser made some clutch grabs both during the regular season and in the playoffs and proved that he’s a serviceable No. 2 tight end in the passing game should the Titans decide to part ways with Walker in the offseason.
Loser: Delanie Walker
Of no fault of his own, Delanie Walker saw yet another season end early thanks to his ankle. Following a brutal ankle injury in 2018, Walker wasn’t able to get right in 2019 and played in just seven games.
In his absence, both Smith and Firkser played well, and now that leaves Walker’s future in doubt. Tennessee could definitely bring him back in 2020, but not at the $8 million price tag he carries.