Titans' bedrock players: Delanie Walker

February, 11, 2014
Feb 11
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- This week we count down the Titans’ top five bedrock players.

These are the team’s foundational pieces that general manager Ruston Webster and coach Ken Whisenhunt can build around.

We’ll count down from fifth to first day by day.

Right tackle Chance Warmack was fifth.

4) Tight end Delanie Walker.

Walker was a solid player in his first year after jumping to the Titans as a free agent from San Francisco. He finished second in receptions with 60 for 571 yards and a team-best six touchdown catches.

He also has great leadership skills that should blossom in a second season now that he’s an established personality in the locker room. He called out cancers in the locker room during the season and again afterward, and is sure to be a resource for the new coaching staff as they try to weed out problems and add answers.

The Titans were an outside-in passing scheme under Mike Munchak and coordinator Dowell Loggains. They are likely to be more inside-out under Ken Whisenhunt and coordinator Jason Michael.

Also, Whisenhunt and tight ends coach Mike Mularkey are former NFL tight ends and Michael coached tight ends. All of that should mean a mindset that will look to maximize Walker, who can create mismatches.

He’s a cornerstone piece for sure and along with young receivers Kendall Wright and Justin Hunter provides Whisenhunt with some premium targets in the passing game.

ESPN.com’s resident scout Matt Williamson says: “Expect Walker's numbers to spike with Whiz on board now. Walker has questionable hands, but is extremely versatile and is an exceptional blocker.”

Paul Kuharsky | email

ESPN Tennessee Titans reporter

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