NASHVILLE, Tenn. —
“I needed to see what I was doing wrong and good to better myself,” Walker said. “Doing little things, finishing my blocks, making sure my guy doesn’t get on the tackle, running my routes full speed, what did I do right here to make him throw the ball to me?”
Walker had multiple answers to that question in the Titans’ most recent game when he caught 10 passes on 10 targets by
“Hopefully we can keep that going. My off time, I just watched film of myself to see what I could do to stay on that type of path and have those types of games,” Walker said. “I felt if I could have those types of games, we can help this team out by putting points on the board, so I’m looking forward to this week and seeing what the coaches have in the game plan for me because I think it’s a great opportunity for us to go out there and showcase what we can really do and put some points on the board.”
Tennessee (4-6) visits Oakland (4-6) at 3:05 p.m. CT/1:05 p.m. PT in a game that is critical to both teams’ chances of making a push for a spot in the playoffs. There are six teams with that record in the AFC, along with the New York Jets and Miami Dolphins at 5-5, and Buffalo at 4-7 that are considered in the running for the sixth and final postseason slot.
The Titans returned to practice Tuesday with a fast pace, Walker said.
“Guys were out there running pretty hard, making some spectacular catches, and you like to see that coming off a three-day little vacation,” Walker said. “That talks louder to me than you running your mouth, talking yippety yap and going out and having a terrible practice. When you show up and don’t have to say anything but we can see it, that means a lot to everybody.”
FOKOU PRACTICES: Titans coach Mike Munchak said linebacker
“We need to get him back in there; hopefully he’ll be a big part of the game Sunday. A lot will be determined by how he handles Wednesday and Thursday and how his knee does before we make that final decision,” Munchak said. “The good thing is he’s out there, he’s working. We’ve just got to see where he’s at and how much can we realistically expect him to do on Sunday, how many reps could he play, that type of thing. I mean, he’s used to playing every snap, so we’d have to take a look at where he’s at by Friday and decide.”
Munchak said splitting playing time between Fokou and McCarthy could be a possibility.
WALTER UNAVAILABLE THIS SEASON: Munchak said
Tennessee was at a deadline to make that determination on Walter, who has been on the physically unable to perform list after undergoing back surgery this summer.
Munchak said he was disappointed for the 11-year veteran who hadn’t missed more than two games in any of the previous nine seasons and for the Titans’ offense.
“We expected him to come in and really be helpful. That physical nature we were talking about back in the offseason when we wanted to bring in physical players to help us change our identity, he was a guy that stood out because of the type of receiver he was in Houston,” Munchak said. “We played against him a lot of years, and that’s what he was known for. We wanted a receiver (where) that was part of his DNA, his makeup. Unfortunately, we never got a chance to use that.
“He was just a great fit for us because he knew our offense so well. He’s been used in the run game, the play-action game so much that it was just a natural fit for us,” Munchak continued. “Great guy. It was just disappointing for him and us that we kept thinking it was something more minor than it was. We thought he’d be back by the end of OTAs, then it was, ‘Oh, he’ll be back by training camp.’ He just never really came back from the surgery, and I know he’s upset. He’s a guy that’s in this building every single day. He’s around the meetings. It’s a shame because he could’ve been a help to us this year.”
HUNTER ‘DOING WELL’: Munchak said rookie receiver
“(Wednesday) I think he has one more appointment before he’s officially allowed to move forward,” Munchak said. “He didn’t do anything football-wise with us. He did the stuff that he could do with the trainers to make sure he doesn’t have any setbacks. He’s done well, so we’re assuming he’s OK.”
SCHWENKE MAKING PROGRESS: Munchak said rookie center
“Now it’s just a matter of how quickly the ankle responds the next three days when he starts doing football activities to see where he’s at,” Munchak said. “That’s one of those things where he can go from starting or not suiting up. He’s a guy that, if he’s ready to go, you’re going to play him. If he’s not, you rest him.”
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