Question: Hey, Matt, I like your assessments on every question that I have read in your blog. I have one that I would like for you to give your opinion on. My question has to do with the tight end position since the 49ers often use two-tight-end sets. What do you think about the possible tandem of Delanie Walker and Vernon Davis? I like Walker and think he has the capability of being a surprise asset this year? What do you think?
Anthony, Elk Grove
Answer: During last year's training camp, there was no one better at catching the ball - receiver or tight end - than Delanie Walker. He has what pro scouts call lizard hands. They're so fast, they resemble a lizard snagging a fly out of the air with its tongue. Unfortunately, Delanie never recovered last year from the separated shoulder he suffered in preseason. As far as a Walker-Davis tandem, that indeed would be hard for teams to defend. However, I'm sure coaches want to be assured Walker can block - something he was working on before the injury - before they give him a lot of playing time.
- Matt Barrows