Last season, the Titans brought in Delanie Walker to replace the disappointing Jared Cook, who bolted to St. Louis when free agency began.
However, the team was also headed in the direction of finding a more versatile talent for the position, capable of being an effective blocker and receiving threat.
The move proved to be a positive, as Walker put up career bests across the board at nowhere near the price tag that Cook was seeking from the team.
So why should we expect to see Walker improve on his career bests in receptions, yards and touchdowns?
In Pittsburgh, coach Whisenhunt got the team to spend a first-round pick on tight end Heath Miller in 2005 and made him a key cog in the team's play-it-safe offense. During his time in Arizona, he had a bevy of receivers on hand and used a more spread offense.
In San Diego, he had the opportunity to work with a declining Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates and helped Gates turn in the second-most receptions of his career and the most receiving yards in four years.
Since the Titans aren't boasting a receiving corps as talented as the one Whisenhunt had in Arizona—Larry Fitzgerald, Anquan Boldin, Bryant Johnson—we should expect to see an offense similar to the one we saw in San Diego.
While Walker is nowhere near the talent that Gates is, despite Whisenhunt's comparison of the two, it's safe to say we should expect even more from Walker in the upcoming season.
"I had a lot of respect for him there, so needless to say I'm excited that he's on this team and I'll have a chance to work with him," Whisenhunt said. "Working with Antonio Gates got me excited about the position, and I think there's a lot of elements to what Delanie does that are similar in that capacity."