Delanie Walker prided himself on creating separation from defenders with his legendary stiff-arm over the course of his 12-year career, but after teammate Derrick Henry used it to blow up Indianapolis Colts defenders while grinding out tough yards down the stretch of their 20-16 win, the Tennessee Titans tight end said Henry is the new ‘King of the Stiff Arm.’
Walker joined The Jim Rome Show Thursday and was asked if he was just living in the moment after a hard fought game when he gave the moniker to the second-year running back out of Alabama.
“He kind of took it from me. I like to stiff-arm but Derrick, his stiff-arm is vicious,” Walker laughed. “He became the king. I gave him the crown, and now I’m the hen. I still can stiff-arm, but he still does it a little bit better than I do, and I’m going to try to get it back though.”
As the Titans enter the stretch run of their season, the two-time Pro Bowler talked about playing with more urgency, starting Sunday against Houston.
“It’s a divisional opponent, we need this win to get on track for the playoffs,” Walker said. “I hope everyone in the locker room understands, because the coach is putting it out there that this is a big game, this is a big game. We don’t care what their record is, they are in our division. This is going to put us up in the playoffs even higher, so we got to get this W. I’m excited about this week.
Having won five of their last six games, the Titans sit at 7-4 on the season. Walker credited their defense for putting them atop the AFC South alongside the Jacksonville Jaguars, and says if the offense can put it together for an entire game, watch out.
“That’s the thing, even though we’re not clicking the way we should, we’re still winning games,” Walker said. “Imagine when we put a full 60-minute game together. We can put points on the board and all it is a few mental (lapses) a few guys not being where they are supposed to be. Once we get that together this offense can be great, because this defense is running at all cylinders and to be honest with you, they can keep us in games, and I’m glad to have a defense like that.”