He finished his career with 71 receptions for 979 yards and 10 touchdowns. That's 50 catches, including 10 in the Rose Bowl. There are a ton of things to be intrigued with when it comes to Friermuth. If the Titans decide to add to their tight end room this offseason, here are some options for how they can do it. However, he suffered a shoulder injury during his first practice as a Titan that sidelined him for the season. The talented tight end is a big-bodied target with soft hands and obvious potential as a blocker. The Longhorns didn’t realize how much they’d miss him. He finished his career with 40 receptions for 645 yards and a touchdown. Pinkney, an undrafted free … Akers said that both of the Cash twins had Texas high on the list the entire time. And he was a big target for the quarterback who was reliable when the ball came his way. Delanie Walker is arguably the greatest Tennessee Titans tight end of all time, although debatable. His mother was Jack Perry’s sister. An athletic guy who could both block and catch passes. And Perry was a big oil guy, who was pretty much going to make him go to Texas. Their dad was in the service. 2018 Stats: 4 catches on 7 targets (57.1%), 52 yards, 0 touchdowns, 13.0 YPC. How he ended up at Texas? That’s why I won’t necessarily dismiss tight end as a possibility, even in Round 1. How the team prepares for that grim scenario will have a lot to do with their opinion of Jonnu Smith heading into his third year. While he wasn’t flashy or freakishly athletic, he was a solid route runner who understood how to find holes in the defense. Kerry played tight end and Keith played wide receiver. He was as versatile as they come at the position. He led Texas in receptions in both 1964 and 1965 while playing on both sides of the ball. BALTIMORE, MD - JANUARY 11, 2020 - Tight Ends Coach Todd Downing of the Tennessee Titans Tight end MyCole Pruitt #85 of the Tennessee Titans and Tight end Jonnu Smith #81 of the Tennessee Titans on the bench during the divisional playoff game between the Tennessee Titans and the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Divisional Round game at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD. On Friday night, NFL Network revealed 18 offensive linemen, five tight ends and four head coaches on the NFL's All-Time Team. I will say this, he was a receiver in a tight end’s body.”. He stands at 6-foot-5 and weighs in at 258 pounds. Conrad, San Jose State’s Josh Oliver, UCLA’s Caleb Wilson, and LSU’s Foster Moreau are also considered possible top 100 picks. However, the Titans have other holes on the roster that can use a first-round talent before adding to the tight ends room. It really wasn’t until he got to the NFL until you realized what a talent he was. He was a local guy. Jason Witten set to break all-time games mark for tight ends By JOSH DUBOW - an hour ago Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Jerome Baker (55) tackles Las Vegas Raiders tight end Jason Witten (82) during the first half of an NFL football game, Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020, in Las Vegas. What they’re saying Kirk Bohls: Pat Fitzgerald was a durable tight end who was also the ultimate in reliable weapons. Stocker’s first full season in Tennessee was arguably the best season of his career. The Titans targeted the tight end position 25% of the time last season (eighth-highest), but because of their run-heavy playcalling, the total targets for tight ends … The star tight end was just so central to everything the team wanted to do on that side of the ball. Where would tight end rank among the Titans biggest needs if you removed Delanie Walker from the picture? In today's All-time tight end rankings, Hookem.com looks at the best tight ends to ever put on the burnt orange. Regardless of where you come down on the question of a possible first round tight end, I think we can all agree that seeing Delanie Walker streaking down the seams at Nissan Stadium will be a sight for sore eyes in September. A day later, the team announced it has released tight end … Why he’s in this spot? How he ended up at Texas? Walker’s absence in 2018 showed that Jonnu Smith wasn’t quite ready to become “the next Delanie” in his second season (not that anyone should’ve expected that he was). End of story.”. The tape backs up that grade too. I think the Titans will select a tight end at some point before the end of the draft even if they don’t end up with Hockenson in the first. The kind of options the Titans would have with 13 personnel would be extremely difficult to matchup with for opposing defenses. The Titans had an eventful season in 2018 at the tight end position. According to Fred Akers, he was one of those who felt like he could join other people just like himself in terms of talent and goals at a university. If anything, he was behind his time, because he could play all the positions. He was undersized, but he was just a winner. At the time, head coach Mike Vrabel stated that the team promoted Firkser in part because he kept getting open and making plays as a part of the scout team working against the Titans first team defense in practices. With Texas trailing 14-8 and just 4:47 left in the game against Arkansas in 1969, Peschel made an extremely difficult over-the-shoulder catch from quarterback James Street in double coverage to gain 44 yards and convert a key fourth down. Firkser stood out early on at training camp and then put up 10 catches, 108 yards, and a touchdown in preseason action before making the 53-man roster as a surprise inclusion. Kerry never had that huge season, but he always was solid every time he stepped on the field. During the era, Mackey was a solid tight end, who also set a career-high in yards with 800+ in back-to-back seasons. ... 997 yards and five touchdowns and ended up playing for the Tennessee Titans … His strengths are elite speed and leaping ability that make him capable of both stretching the field up the seams and dominating in the red zone. This season, Cincinnati’s defense is allowing 9.8 fantasy points (fourth-most) and 10 touchdowns to opposing tight ends. Tennessee Titans tight end Geoff Swaim scored only the second touchdown of his six-year NFL career Sunday at Jacksonville. He played high school football at Austin Lanier. How he ended up at Texas? Hubert Delanie Walker (born August 12, 1984) is an American football tight end who is a free agent.He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft.He played college football at the University of Central Missouri.. After seven seasons with the 49ers, he then played another seven seasons for the Tennessee Titans, with whom he was a three-time Pro Bowl selection. Top 10 Miami Dolphins tight-ends of all-time. The optimist in me says that Walker is far from a “normal” 35-year old. Wick was a late season addition signed off the 49ers practice squad when Jonnu Smith went down with a knee injury. What about Pruitt or Firkser as TE2? The Tennessee Titans have been the home to a few memorable receivers in the NFL. He was a two-time all-SWC player who helped lead the Longhorns to a win over No. What they’re saying Ted Koy: “He is a multi-talented guy. Formed a dynamic trio with his twin brother Keith and receiver Johnny Walker during their four years on campus. He was in the early days when they were running the I-formation, so he was mainly a blocker. As a pass catcher Pruitt was rarely called upon, but he consistently came through for the team when he was. At 35 years old and coming off a major leg injury it would only be natural for him to lack a little bit of the explosiveness he still had before he went down, but to what degree remains to be seen. Why he’s in this spot? He had a very good family on top of everything.”. David Thomas was the second Wolfforth Frenship prospect to pick Texas in two years following Kendal Briles in the 2001 class. What they’re saying Kirk Bohls: Bo Scaife was victimized by one knee injury after another, but he left Texas as one of the most resilient tight ends and Longhorn players ever. So, any time he gets into the end … 2018 Stats: 9 catches on 11 targets (81.8%), 102 yards, 1 touchdown, 11.3 YPC. It’s also important to keep in mind that the draft is as much about needs two to three years down the road as it is immediate needs. It also helps when your biggest game is also the best game in your career. MyCole Pruitt (born March 24, 1992) is an American football tight end for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League (NFL). In total, Firkser appeared in 12 games in 2018 and hauled in an impressive 19 of his 20 targets. While tight end is often viewed as a “boring” position, they can be immensely valuable when you have guys that can be plus matchups for the offense as both a blocker and a receiver. It was the same with them as it was with Johnny Walker. He was a threat when the Longhorns got close to the end zone and a threat to stretch the middle of the field. MyCole Pruitt and Anthony Firkser are interesting pieces, but both of them are relatively one-dimensional at this point in their careers. Titans RB Derrick Henry Named 2020 NFL Offensive Player of the Year by the PFWA, If that was it for Corey Davis in Tennessee, it deserved better. Yet, he is still a popular pick as a regression-target this year. We saw how quickly the drop off came for Brian Orakpo this season and he is actually two years younger than Walker. This is Part 4 of a series of articles breaking down the Titans roster heading into the 2019 offseason. Hockenson would immediately help the running game and the passing attack, giving Marcus Mariota a massive target in the middle of the field (where he just happens to do his best work). Ahh yes, my early training camp crush that quickly developed into a preseason crush and then a regular season crush. Tight ends can be included, too! Getting him back in 2019 figures to be a huge boost to the offense, but one of the biggest questions of the offseason will be whether he can get back to the level he played at from 2015 to 2017. He just abused USC's linebackers and they ended up rotating a safety on him and that didn’t work either, it just opened up more running lanes for Vince.”, ALL-TIME TOP 10 SERIES Monday: Running Backs Tuesday: Linebackers Wednesday: Defensive Backs. Jan 1, 2017; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans tight end Phillip Supernaw (89) celebrates after a special teams stop against the Houston Texans at Nissan Stadium. Why he’s in this spot? The tight ends might be the players most affected by the Titans’ shift in offensive philosophy under new head coach Mike Vrabel. He finished with 80 receptions for 1,089 yards and 12 touchdowns. I don’t think anyone would say that the Titans need to take a tight end in the first round, but if they believe Hockenson to be George Kittle 2.0 and the best player on their board then I would certainly be open to it. However, after the Titans Week 8 bye, Smith took some noticeable steps forward as a pass catcher even though the run blocking was still inconsistent. What they’re saying Bobby Burton: “I remember listening to Mike Mayock on his NFL Draft coverage talking about how much he liked David Thomas. The Titans added him to the roster just before OTAs got started. Titans Offseason Roster Breakdown: Tight Ends, Arthur Smith reportedly hires Dean Pees in Atlanta. Well, not only was he a great blocking tight end, but he also was a part of one of the greatest plays in Longhorns history. At the combine he checked in with massive 10-1/4-inch hands before running a 4.58-second 40 yard dash and jumping a 37-inch vertical. Thomas had 50 receptions for 613 yards and five touchdowns that year. Over the course of the season, the Patriots have been sound against any and all personnel groupings, but the two that've given the Patriots the most trouble relative to all the others have been tight-end heavy "12" and "13" looks. It would be pretty surprising if he wound up making the 53-man roster out of camp. Out of 181 offensive snaps for Firkser, the team ran the ball just 41 times. How he ended up at Texas? That ability translated to regular season NFL games as well. He was supposed be the end all at tight-end for Don Shula and Dan Marino. If you needed him at quarterback or running back, he could have played it. Stocker is a useful NFL player, but heading into his age-31 season with a career high of 165 receiving yards, it’s unlikely that he drives much interest on the free agent market. He was one of those guys who would knock your head off with a smile on his face. Mackey was a five-time Pro Bowler, also being named an All-Pro three times. Finley originally committed to Arizona, in part because they would let him play basketball, too. Could Aaron Glenn be a candidate for the Titans DC job? A few guys that are interesting to me are Maxx Williams, Jesse James, and C.J. Where Firkser belongs in 2019 is tough to peg. That could make him cheap enough that the Titans decide to bring him back to compete with Pruitt and Firkser for a spot on the back end of the roster at tight end. A Denver native, Scaife was a Tim Brewster special. The Titans released tight end Delanie Walker on Friday, ending the 35-year-old's seven-year tenure in Tennessee. He always seemed to be in the right place at the right time. Scaife was looking at Southern Cal and Notre Dame. Like Briles, Thomas had been a fan of the Longhorns for quite some time and while he had offers from all of the top programs in the Big 12 and region, he was never a true threat to leave the state or region. He’s also simply one of the most special athletes that I’ve watched in person and I will believe that he’s slowing down when I see it. Owner: Amy Adams Strunk. What they’re saying Ted Koy: “He was a big, strong kid who could catch anything in sight. Texas would go on to win the national championship. He graded out at the worst run blocker among the Titans four tight ends for the seasons. At 6’-5” and 250 pounds, the former Hawkeye has prototypical size. Fred Akers was recruiting him before he left and he still ended up coming to the Longhorns when David McWilliams took over. It’s unlikely that he’s going to suddenly become a star at the position, but I think his play was good enough to make Luke Stocker expendable (more on that later). He could find that opening from his tight end spot and sit down in those little zones. I would prefer to see them bring in a new player at the position that could serve as a complement to Smith long term. Expanding that view to the entire offense, you’ll find that 8 of Mariota’s top 11 pass catchers set career highs in receiving yards. While tight end isn’t a pressing need for the Bears, they could certainly scout some potential depth at tight end with Jimmy Graham’s time in Chicago likely coming to an end … He finished his career with 75 receptions for 997 yards and five touchdowns and ended up playing for the Tennessee Titans in the NFL. 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