Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
Originally posted by LoneWolf:
Again it was 4 games not 6 or 7
His last catch was November 13th......he got injured on Christmas Eve, you do the math.
+ earlier game
He had 2 other games with 1 catch apiece.
So 2 catches over 9 games, while playing over 50% of the snaps.
When articles are titled "Walker the Blocker." I think that is saying something.
Some fun stats....
- He was targeted only 40 times all season and three of those were runs plays. In comparison Gronk had 147, Aaron Hernandez had 144, VD had 110. The combination of playing on a run first team and having to block a large percentage of times on passing downs would reduce the amount of opportunities that Walker would have.
The 49ers were 31st in the NFL in passes attempted. You keep putting Delanie's stats up against TEs of pass first teams. The 49ers only had 30 more passing attempts than the Broncos during the season yet Delanie Walker had the same amount of receptions and TDs as the Broncos starting tight end (whie missing games).
Stats can be manipulated numerous ways to benefit a point directly, but the same can be done with the opposing point of view.
Should the 49ers have a big red zone threat at the 2nd TE position? That is a yes. Do they grow on trees? That is a no. Is Delanie an above average 2nd string TE? That is a yes. Would he start on other teams? That is a yes.
Delanie's versatility this season brought different looks to the offense that was running a vanilla version of the playbook. His ability to pick up numerous position in the offensive scheme is just as important as any physical presence on the football field. Knowledge of power.