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Titans' Casey, Walker Shine for AFC in Pro Bowl

Posted Jan 29, 2017

Titans tight end Delanie Walker scored a touchdown, and defensive lineman Jurrell Casey totaled five tackles in the AFC's 20-13 victory in the Pro Bowl.

ORLANDO, Fla. — Five Titans took part Sunday night’s Pro Bowl here at Camping World Stadium.

The AFC beat the NFC 20-13 in the contest.

Here’s a look at how the Titans did:

Tight end Delanie Walker

Walker was a star in his first Pro Bowl appearance last year, and last night he picked up where he left off.

Walker put the AFC on the scoreboard with a 26-yard touchdown catch from Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. Walker got behind the defense, and caught the ball running full-speed into the end zone, showing some nifty footwork to get both feet inbounds.

Walker and Smith were teammates in San Francisco.

“It was great,’’ Walker said. “I got to connect back with my old quarterback, and he made a great throw.”

Walker had two catches for 35 yards in the game.

“I think any time I step on the football field, I want to play at a high level,’’ Walker said. “I thought our team did well, and we won the game so that’s all that matters.”

Defensive lineman Jurrell Casey

Casey, played in his second straight Pro Bowl, got the start for the AFC at defensive tackle.

He also got another win.

“I’m 2 and 0 in this thing,” Casey said. “You have to love that.”

Casey was disruptive early, hitting Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott in the backfield right out of the gate. A smiling Casey waved his finger in the air after that play. Later he decked Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott after he threw a pass.

Casey didn’t let up. He was in a group of players that stopped Elliott short of the goal-line in back-to-back plays in the first quarter, including a fourth-and-goal stop from the one-yard line.

“You have to give 110 percent no matter what you are doing,’’ Casey said. “You can’t take this game for granted.”

Casey later threw Bears running back Jordan Howard to the ground after one-yard run, and then patted nearby Giants receiver Odell Beckham Jr. on the head as he walked by.

Casey lined up at defensive end on other plays. He was credited with five tackles and a quarterback hit in the contest, and he batted down a pass in the second half at the line of scrimmage.

Running back DeMarco Murray

Playing in his third career Pro Bowl, Murray got the start for the AFC.

“It’s 3 and 0 for me,” Murray said. “It was great. It was a fun game.”

Murray got plenty of work early. His old coach with the Cowboys, Jason Garrett, had a little fun with him when he challenged a fumble, and won.

Murray had four carries for seven yards in the first quarter, and five carries for eight yards by halftime. Officials initially ruled Murray picked up a first down on a first quarter run, but replays showed he lost the football before he was downed. Garrett smiled when officials ruled in his favor, which left Murray shaking his head, and smiling himself.

“I knew it was a fumble, and he did, too,’’ Murray said afterward. “I thought it was pretty funny.”

Murray didn’t play in the second half, instead watching the game from the sideline as Dolphins running back Jay Ajayi got all the work.

Tackle Taylor Lewan

Lewan made a fashion statement with his dark visor for the contest.

“I wore it because it is sweet,’’ Lewan said. “I wore it because you don’t get many opportunities like that, so I decided to do it up a little bit.”

Then he lined up as the AFC’s starting right tackle, instead of his customary left tackle spot. In the second half, Lewan shifted over the left tackle. Then he went back to right tackle.

Veterans Joe Thomas and Andrew Whitworth rotated most the game at left tackle, which gave Lewan most the action.

Lewan held his own, steering pass rushers away from AFC quarterbacks on several occasions. On Andy Dalton’s touchdown pass to Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce, Lewan put his man on the ground.

Lewan was the last player to leave the field after the game. He was greeted by Titans offensive lineman Quinton Spain and Sebastian Tretola after the contest.

“This whole experience was awesome,’’ Lewan said. “It was a memorable week.”

Linebacker Brian Orakpo

A Pro Bowler for the fourth time in his career, Orakpo lined up an outside linebacker in the 4-3 before later switching to defensive end, which allowed him to rush the quarterback.

He was in on a tackle of Panthers tight end Greg Olsen after a catch, and he tackled Bears running back Jordan Howard for a three-yard gain.

Orakpo applied some outside pressure on at least one play. He was credited with one stop.

Orakpo switched to his light blue cleats in the middle of the game to “represent the Titans.”

“It was good,” Orakpo said. “I thought we did our thing. I’m glad the AFC did our thing, and got the win. Everyone contributed, tackles, assist, touchdowns, you name it. It was great to be out here with all these great players.”