Former Tennessee Titans tight end really likes one of their young ones

Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans (Mandatory Credit: Imagn Images photo pool)
Delanie Walker, Tennessee Titans (Mandatory Credit: Imagn Images photo pool) /

Once we knew that the Tennessee Titans would lose Jonnu Smith during the free-agency frenzy, it was a pretty widespread theory that the tight end position would be one that the media and this fan base would discuss all offseason. It can now be stated with confidence that we all hit the nail on the head with that one.

Anthony Firkser was re-signed on March 17th. There probably should have been some buzz around that move because he’s pretty good, but there wasn’t any. Tennessee opted not to add a tight end during the most recent draft, but unrestricted free agent Geoff Swaim was signed about a month prior to the selection meeting.

Other than that, there hasn’t been much to discuss concerning the position other than the fact that Parker Hesse was waived. Oh, and the Titans did add Miller Forristall and Briley Moore as undrafted free agents, but that didn’t really spark a ton of fanfare. Since then, there’s been a little talk about bringing back some guys we’re familiar with, but no one took that seriously.

Don’t panic though. Tennessee isn’t, and recently one of those guys that some of the fan base suggested might be a good option in the Titans wanted to dig into their list of contacts recently endorsed one of the young guns.

Delanie Walker thinks the Tennessee Titans will be fine with Anthony Firkser.

Does anyone remember Delanie Walker? You should. He spent the last seven years of what’s been a 14-year NFL run to this point in a Tennessee Titans jersey. Over that span, he’s notched 390 receptions for 4,546 yards and 28 trips to paydirt. Those numbers include what he did in two playoff games at the end of the 2017-2018 season.

He recently hung out with Titans Insider Turron Davenport on his Talking with TD podcast, and he believes his former teammate will be just fine moving forward as one of the key cogs in the two-tone blue’s future. Here’s a quote.

"He sat under me for years and I tried to teach him everything I know, but the dude got wiggles. He can get open, he can catch the ball. I think he going to be elite. Just adding Julio (Jones), it’s gonna open, have more opportunities for him. Over the middle. With matchups against linebackers. And that’s gonna be hard for them to cover him, cause he destroys linebackers within seconds. It’s gonna be good."

It appears Walker isn’t the only person who’s of that opinion. It wasn’t that long ago that Pro Football Focus’ Ben Linsey ranked him 28th among the NFL’s top 32 tight ends. Firkser also attended the first-ever Tight End University in Nashville.

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Iron sharpens iron, and hanging out with some of the game’s best is only going to make Anthony Firkser better. So far, in 47 games with two starts (that includes four postseason games), he’s notched 77 receptions for 905 yards and five trips to the end zone. Expect his best effort and his best season in 2021.