|Ht / Wt:||6'1" / 242 lb.|
|Born:||August 12, 1984|
|Drafted:||2006 / Rd. 6 (175)|
Walker (ankle) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.
Analysis: Limited for both of the Titans' first two sessions of Week 7, Walker may need to upgrade to full participation Friday if he hopes to avoid carrying a designation into Sunday's game against the Chargers. In addition to managing the ankle issue, Walker will have to adapt to a new quarterback in Ryan Tannehill, who will make his first career start with the Titans following the benching of Marcus Mariota.
Walker (ankle) was limited at practice Wednesday, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Walker has been managing a knee issue over the past few weeks, so his listed ankle injury is something new. We'll circle back Thursday to see if his limitations Wednesday were maintenance-related or indicative of a setback that could impact his status for Sunday's game against the Chargers. Walker logged 38 of a possible 66 snaps on offense in Week 6's 16-0 loss to the Broncos, en route to hauling in three of his six targets for 43 yards. If he is able to play this weekend, he'll be catching passes from a new starting QB, with Ryan Tannehill having replaced Marcus Mariota in that capacity.
Walker hauled in three of his six targets for 43 yards in Week 6 against Denver.
Analysis: After disappearing from the offense in the past two weeks, Walker bounced back to put together his second-highest yardage total of the season. Notably, he hauled in a 17-yard reception from Marcus Mariota late in the second quarter and followed that up with an 18-yard reception from Ryan Tannehill as the team attempted a rally late in the fourth quarter. It's important that Walker was involved in the offense with both Tannehill and Mariota under center, as it's unclear who will be delivering passes to Walker in Week 7 as the Titans take on the Chargers.
Walker (knee) returned to a full practice Thursday.
Analysis: Walker has caught just one pass in each of his last two games, but the veteran tight end averaged seven targets over the Titans' first three outings, so there's hope that he can engineer a bounce-back effort Sunday against the 4-1 Broncos.
Walker (knee) didn't practice Wednesday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.
Analysis: That's the third straight Wednesday Walker has sat out practice, but last week he followed that up with full sessions Thursday and Friday before starting Sunday's loss to the Bills. Walker has caught just one pass in each of his last two games, but the veteran tight end is bound to see an uptick in production in the coming weeks, so long as he's able to remain healthy enough to play.
Walker hauled in one of two targets for 10 yards in Week 5 against Buffalo.
Analysis: Walker appeared to get off to a hot start, hauling in a 26-yard pass from Marcus Mariota on the first play of the game. However, it was negated by a holding call, and the pair were never able to get back on track from there. Walker has now gotten only two targets in consecutive weeks after being targeted at least six times in each of the team's first three games. The Titans' desire to control the ball and work at a slower pace on offense is limiting the upside of most skill-position players -- Walker included. The team isn't particularly likely to get into a high-scoring shootout in Week 6 at Denver, so it's difficult to trust that Walker will see an uptick in volume in the near future.
Walker (knee) returned to a full practice Thursday, Erik Bacharach of The Tennessean reports.
Analysis: Walker is thus slated to suit up for Sunday's game against the Bills. He's coming off a quiet Week 4 effort (one catch on two targets for four yards), but despite that, the tight end still leads the Titans in both catches (17) and targets (23) through the team's first four contests.
Walker (knee) didn't practice Wednesday, Erik Bacharach of The Tennessean reports.
Analysis: Walker started last week with back-to-back missed sessions, before returning to a full practice Friday. With no reported setback since Sunday's 24-10 win over the Falcons, we suspect that his absence Wednesday was maintenance-related. The tight end logged 19 of a possible 62 snaps on offense in Week 4, en route to catching one of his two targets for four yards.
Walker hauled in one of his two targets for four yards in Week 4 against the Falcons.
Analysis: Walker was targeted only twice, though Corey Davis was the only Titan who surpassed three targets on the day. Though Walker has served as a checkdown option for Mariota early on this season -- he had at least four receptions in every game prior to Week 4 -- the Titans' are clearly content to run their offense through Derrick Henry. That makes passing volume limited, meaning targets will likely remain inconsistent for Walker as the season progresses.
Walker (knee) doesn't have a designation for Sunday's game at Miami, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.
Analysis: After kicking off Week 4 preparations with back-to-back absences due to a knee issue, Walker logged every practice rep Friday, giving the Titans confidence to clear him. Of his 21 targets this season, he's hauled in 16 for 158 yards and two touchdowns.
Walker (knee) returned to practice Friday, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: It's a good sign that Walker is out there Friday, after not practicing either Wednesday or Thursday. It remains to be seen, however, if he approaches Sunday's game against the Falcons listed as questionable, or minus a Week 4 injury designation.
Walker (knee) missed practice again Thursday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.
Analysis: Back-to-back missed sessions set the stage for Friday to be a pivotal day with regard to Walker's status for Sunday's game against the Falcons. Three games into the 2019 season, the veteran tight end has maintained a key role in the Tennessee offense, having logged team highs in catches (16) and receiving yards (158) to go along with two TDs.
Walker (knee) didn't practice Wednesday.
Analysis: Walker logged 46 out of a possible 79 snaps on offense last Thursday against the Jaguars, en route to hauling in seven of his nine targets for 64 yards. So far, we haven't seen anything to suggest that the tight end's Week 4 status is in any peril, but a return to practice Thursday, in any capacity, would underscore that.
Walker brought in seven of nine targets for 64 yards in the Titans' 20-7 loss to the Jaguars on Thursday.
Analysis: Walker tied with Adam Humphries for the team lead in targets and paced the Titans in catches for the night. The veteran tight end has enjoyed a strong resurgence after missing nearly the entire 2018 season due to a broken leg suffered in the opener against the Dolphins. Walker now sports a 16-158-2 line through three games and will try to build on those numbers against the Falcons in a Week 4 interconference battle a week from Sunday.
Walker caught four of six targets for 39 yards during Sunday's 19-17 loss to Indianapolis.
Analysis: The Colts bottled up the Titans passing offense for much of Sunday, holding the Titans to just 5.5 yards per pass attempt, though Walker led the way in catches, targets, and yards despite a modest day. Walker is still about as reliable as they come in terms of opportunities -- you'd have to go back to Week 6 of the 2016 season for the last time he wasn't targeted at least four times -- but how much those targets are worth live and die by Marcus Mariota. After a prolific opener, Mariota didn't put up the same kind of numbers in Week 2. Next up is a tough Jaguars defense on Thursday night.
Walker caught five of six targets for 55 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 43-13 win over the Browns.
Analysis: Walker helped Tennessee pull away in the fourth quarter with touchdowns from 11 and seven yards out, both on possessions following Baker Mayfield interceptions. The veteran tight end has grown injury-prone in recent years, but Walker remains quarterback Marcus Mariota's favorite target while he's out there. With so much uncertainty at the tight end position below the top tier, Walker will likely work his way into plenty of fantasy lineups in Week 2 against the Colts.
Walker (ankle) started but did not garner a target before the starters were pulled in Sunday's preseason dress rehearsal against the Steelers.
Analysis: While Walker was not involved in the box score, it is still positive news that he will head into the regular season with a clean bill of health after dealing with an ankle injury earlier this preseason. Marcus Mariota's play may be inconsistent at times, but Walker seems to be the one constant that works with him. The veteran tight end has gained at least 800 receiving yards in each of the last four seasons, making him a steady fringe top-10 fantasy option.
Walker hauled in both of his targets, accounting for 26 yards and a touchdown during Saturday's 22-17 loss to New England.
Analysis: Walker blossomed into a fantasy star upon getting established in Tennessee, averaging 896 receiving yards and five touchdown catches per season between 2014 and 2017, while earning three Pro Bowl nods in the process. Those considering Walker's value may be wary of the ankle injury that cost him 15 games last year, but he was incredibly durable prior to that with 168 appearances out a possible 176 between 2007 and 2017. Saturday night's performance is a positive indication that he can once again be productive in a Tennessee passing attack that has largely leaned on underneath and intermediary routes during the Marcus Mariota era -- ranking 22nd or worse in 20-plus yard completions in three of the past four seasons.
Walker expects to play in Saturday's preseason game against the Patriots, Erik Bacharach of The Tennessean reports.
Analysis: The tight end practiced Thursday, after being granted some maintenance days and whether or not he actually plays this weekend is less important than the fact that he believes he can. The 35-year-old is bouncing back from an ankle injury he suffered in Week 1 of the 2018 season, which required surgery. Assuming he's able to avoid any injury setbacks, Walker is slated to reprise his role as the Titans' top pass-catching tight end, an assignment that gives him fantasy utility in most formats.
Walker returned to practice Thursday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports.
Analysis: With no report of a new issue, it's possible the Titans were just taking a cautious approach to Walker's return from last year's severe ankle injury. He was held out of the preseason opener and doesn't seem especially likely to play in Saturday's exhibition against the Patriots.
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