Delanie Walked is aiming to bounce back from a broken ankle suffered in Week 1 of last season, but Fantasy managers are hoping for him to bounce back to his form from 2017. That's when Walker collected seven touchdowns and 800 yards on 65 catches, good enough to make him the No. 6 tight end in non-PPR (No. 4 in PPR). Walker's rehab kept him off the field during team OTAs and figures to render the 35-year-old limited through the early days of training camp. However, it's been proven that he's one of Marcus Mariota's go-to targets, so if the reports are good and he looks fine during the preseason, Fantasy managers will chance a late-round pick on Walker.
Walker (ankle) isn't sure if he will start training camp on the PUP list, Jenny Vrentas of Sports Illustrated reports. Working his way back from September ankle surgery, Walker was a limited participant in OTAs but didn't get any on-field work at June minicamp. He now expects to be eased into practice during training camp even if he isn't placed on the PUP list. Walker tentatively appears on track for Week 1 of his age-35 season, hoping to reprise his workload from 2014-17 -- four straight seasons with at least 800 yards, 102 targets and 686 offensive snaps.
Walker (ankle) did not take part in minicamp Tuesday, Jim Wyatt of the Titans' official site reports. Walker started participating in 7-on-7 drills towards the end of OTAs and said he felt about "85 percent," so it looks like his absence Tuesday is just a precautionary measure. It's unclear whether Walker will practice at all this week before the Titans get the next month off.
Walker (ankle) participated in 7-on-7 drills during Thursday's practice, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports. Walker, who is recovering from ankle surgery, returned to individual drills just over a week ago and said he felt about "85 percent" health-wise. Thursday is evidence that the tight end is continuing to trend in the right direction. The Titans will likely continue to ease the 34-year-old back into the swing of things as spring and summer practices continue.
Walker (ankle) went through individual drills Tuesday, Erik Bacharach of The Nashville Tennessean reports. "I feel like I'm in the 85 percent range," Walker said. "I felt fast getting out of my breaks, and I was catching the ball well. Always a good sign." Coming back from a fractured and dislocated right ankle he suffered in the 2018 season opener, Walker is now able to make cuts and even jogged through a few snaps during team drills. He mentioned dropping a few pounds during the offseason, hoping it would reduce the pressure on his surgically repaired ankle. The veteran tight end will turn 35 in August and is under contract with the Titans through 2020. Walker had 800 or more receiving yards in four consecutive seasons prior to last year's devastating injury.
Walker (ankle) said Monday that he doesn't have a timeline for a return to full health, James Palmer of NFL Network reports. Recovering from a Week 1 fracture and dislocation of his right ankle, Walker hadn't resumed running as of early January, but he said in March that he was hoping to run and catch passes at OTAs in May. Although he still has time to meet his goal, Monday's comment suggests training camp may be the more realistic target for a return to practice. Walker will turn 35 in August and has two seasons remaining on his contract with the Titans.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/20||Los Angeles Chargers||10||5.67|
|8||10/27||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||22||7.88|
|10||11/10||Kansas City Chiefs||31||9.56|
|16||12/22||New Orleans Saints||14||6.22|
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|3 Year Avg||73||48||553||3||27||11.52||71|