Delanie Walker not interested in meeting rookies just yet

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Rookies across the NFL are learning new things this summer.

But the ones in Tennessee won’t be getting much information about Delanie Walker, at least not yet.

The veteran tight end told Jason Wolf of the Tennesseean that it’s not time to make friends with newcomers until they prove their value.

“I don’t get to know anybody until they make the team,” Walker said. “I talk to them, but they might not be here. There ain’t too much I need to learn from them till they make the team. That’s everybody. Anyone that’s a rookie.

“You’ve got to earn the right. These rookies come in nowadays, stuff’s given to them. I’m not going to be your friend until you make the team.”

Of course, Walker came up the hard way, making the 49ers as a sixth-round pick and forging a long and productive (and lucrative) career. And his words might sound a little harsher than they were probably meant. He’s just trying to  make sure there’s nothing taken for granted on a roster which will include plenty of rookies, including running back Derrick Henry.

“I’ve been sizing up Henry, man, and he’s a big dude,” Walker said. “I have to put him in his place early. But he’s a good dude. I’m just messing with him, giving him a hard time because I feel like he’s going to be a monster for this team. I usually don’t talk to the rookies until they make the team. But he’s one of the guys that I think can help this team out.”

With a fresh contract extension signed this offseason, Walker knows he’s going to be around for the foreseeable future, and it sounds like he’s going to spend part of it sizing up the new class, as one of the few elders on the Titans roster with the right.

22 responses to “Delanie Walker not interested in meeting rookies just yet

  1. Sounds like a dick, and not a team player.
    You don’t have to be buddies, but offer advice to those who put in the effort.

    >>“I don’t get to know anybody until they make the team,” Walker said. “I talk to them, but they might not be here. There ain’t too much I need to learn from them till they make the team. That’s everybody. Anyone that’s a rookie.

  2. So…friendship is based on value these days?

    Never mind the impact he could have on the guys who do not make the team. They don’t matter I guess.

  3. Richie Incognito 2.0? Dude needs to get a grip and just be a good guy. Not a bully.

  4. I’m not a fan of Delanie’s perspective on this either, but give me a break, guys. Delanie has been freaking awesome in the locker room, a high character guy, since he arrived in Nashville three years ago. His take on this doesn’t trump that. Not even close.

  5. Not to say he isn’t a stud now, but that’s like the young players ostracizing him in his twilight because he could be “released any day.” Doesn’t say much about the fraternity of the NFL.

  6. I’m with him – no sense in investing the time and energy into what is likely at best a temporary friendship if the guy isn’t going to be there in a another month or two. He’s probably seen hundreds of guys come and go over his career.

  7. Can’t agree about his “awesomeness”. Reeks of Status issues, and I am sure if the vets didn’t care for him as a rookie, it was probably more of his sense of entitlement than anything else.

    Now is the time for him to reach out and help mold these “kids” into young men, before they get carried away with their new fame and fortune.

    Just like someone should have pulled Johnny manziel to the side and head-butted some sense into his cranium…..

  8. Sounds like a dick, and not a team player.
    You don’t have to be buddies, but offer advice to those who put in the effort.

    >>“I don’t get to know anybody until they make the team,” Walker said. “I talk to them, but they might not be here. There ain’t too much I need to learn from them till they make the team. That’s everybody. Anyone that’s a rookie.

    ——————————————–

    You don’t know what you’re talking about. He’s been productive since he’s been here & has never said a bad word about anyone even though he’s one of the VERY FEW that have produced. He’s been the quintessential teammate.

  9. Might be a great teammate in your eyes, but that sounds like a guy who isn’t a LEADER at all. Leaders are looking to improve those around them, not wait for someone to prove themselves to deserve their leadership.

    Walker is a very nice player. He’s not a leader… and this team needs veteran leadership, especially of offense. This would improve the team that does make the squad.

  10. And that is the attitude of a starting player on an NFL team that has won five yes “FIVE” football games in the last two seasons…..

    Maybe someone on the Titans needs to sit the veterans down and explain what the word “TEAM” means….

    As a player who is 31 and closer to the end of his NFL career he needs to pass on what he knows after almost 10 years as an NFL player….

    But then again he plays for the Titans….an NFL team who start each day saying “Thank God We Are Not The Browns”

  11. and this guy was voted a captain? he sounds like an a hole that doesn’t know what it takes to lead and bring a team together for the greater good

  12. You are not important until blessed by the great Delanie.
    There is a reason you had the #1 pick, you are not as good as compared to others.
    He couldn’t even make a roster for a fringe of playoff wanna be’s.
    Who’s impressed by being welcomed by you?
    I am taking bets this guy gets the next sucker punch to the head in the locker room while no one is looking.

  13. I hope a rookie defensive player takes out this clown and ends his season – that way he won’t have to make friends with anyone.

    What a clown.

  14. It’s pro ball. There’s 90 guys on the team now. 37 or more will be gone by the time the season starts, most of them rookies. Some of them may be trying to “take his head off” in the coming season. Nothing personal, it will be their job on another team.
    Walker know 1st through 4th round picks are guaranteed jobs for the coming season unless something unusual happens.
    And Walker knows that he’s on the wrong side of 30 so he’s only kept for what he’ll do in the short term, not what he might contribute in the long term.
    It’s a myth that players on winning teams are all friend with each other. They don’t even have to like each other, so long as they play well together.

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