Originally posted by Marvin49:
Hugely. I was one who didn't want to lose him and had concerns that McDonald was a different type of player and wouldn't be able to do what Walker did.
Walker was key in so many areas...run game, special teams, and he was a THREAT deep down the field. We all know he couldn't catch to save his life but he could get down there and caught enough passes that he had to be accounted for.
It was funny...I saw him drop another one yesterday that almost resulted in an INT and a Titan loss...but all I could see was how fast he got to that spot and how wide open he was.
Agreed. I feel Vance and Delanie are two completely different players. Walker is a bit of a freak, kind of like VD. Strong, fast and agile - not too much mass. Vance is mass, strong, but fast only in straight line speed. It seems like VD should take over for Delanie while Vance should step in as the inline TE for VD. This is my hope in the future as it can extend VD's effectiveness a couple more seasons since he's taken a beating over the years by blocking LBs and DEs like a beast. Moving VD to the Delanie's role, in the run game, would have him blocking DBs a bit more and DEs a bit less.
VD can get out in open space and is agile enough to block DBs as a lead blocker (remember that nice lead block Walker had on Ed Reed). I am doubtful that Vance has the physical ability (agility) to do that. After watching the IND game, it is apparent that Vance is not quite ready to be an inline blocker. He did not impress me in this area. Not too surprised since he was mainly blocking small DBs as a slot WR in college.
Anyway, Delanie is missed as he was that mismatch in coverage, and like you said, he had bad hands but not bad enough where opponents can ignore him. He got a fat contract from TEN though. There was no way 49ers could have retained him. I'd rather have Dorsey.