Titans' Delanie Walker on Blowout of Browns: They Were Who We Thought They Were

Megan ArmstrongAnalyst ISeptember 8, 2019

Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker scores a touchdown during the second half in an NFL football game Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)
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Tennessee Titans tight end Delanie Walker sees the Cleveland Browns' blockbuster offseason for what it was: the offseason. 

"We circled this game," Walker told reporters following the Titans' 43-13 blowout win over Cleveland to open their 2019 regular season Sunday afternoon. "This is just another game. We ain't worried about it. I'm gonna tell you again, man. They were who we thought they were. 

"Y'all can crown 'em if you wanna crown 'em. Still gotta play football." 

The 35-year-old caught five of his six targets for 55 yards and two touchdowns—a promising outing after missing all but one game last season due to a gnarly leg injury that resulted in a broken ankle and ligament damage. 

Walker's comments come after Browns second-year quarterback Baker Mayfield told Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com on Thursday: "I have full confidence in all our playmakers, our skill-position guys that if they have one-on-ones, they should be licking their chops and they should all take that as disrespect because that’s the type of team we have and we need to take advantage of. It’s going to be a matchup game."

Tennessee's secondary feasted on Mayfield, picking him off three times (Malcolm Butler, Kevin Byard and Logan Ryan).

According to the NFL Media Research Department, the 30-point loss is the largest margin of defeat for Mayfield in the NFL or in college. 

Mayfield and the Browns offense entered this season with sky-high expectations after the team acquired star wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in a trade from the New York Giants. While Beckham led Browns receivers with seven catches for 71 yards, he didn't find the end zone. 

Running back Nick Chubb, also in his second year, was held to 74 yards on 16 carries, while Titans back Derrick Henry went off for 84 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries paired with a 75-yard touchdown reception. 

As a whole, Cleveland played extremely undisciplined—committing 18 penalties for 182 yards.

While the Browns' underwhelming 13-point showing matched what Walker expected, it took a hopeful Cleveland by surprise as fans booed the team throughout the contest at FirstEnergy Stadium. The Browns have still not won a season opener since 2004. 

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