Ugh, Walter talk again. Amazing how everyone and their mother can see we are amazingly lacking at the #2 but some of us can not because we see a couple of stats. Well if it is stats we want stats we shall have!
As pointed on another thread right here: http://www.texanstalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=98181
Which will lead you to this PFF article: https://www.profootballfocus.com/blo...per-route-run/
Walter was amongst the lowest in YPRR (yards per route run). In other words, very short routes is all he largely contributed. If you think no other can attribute this then that is a stretch. Others can and it isn't terribly difficult to replace that. The problem is finding someone to do more and give us a true playmaker which is what this coaching staff has been trying to find. They aren't trying because Walter is burning it up. It is obvious they want something more from this spot than a 'Dink and Dunk Tanto' The guy simply gets little separation. Catch% is nice but means little if you can't get open without the system/scheme providing it. As we learned, you can't always rely on play-action.
Secondly, let's talk about an offense that has came to rely on playmakers making something of the short-medium range passes. Well to that effect Walter averaged 2.5 YAC. Yeah....once again, amongst the lower end of the spectrum. What does this mean? He is not a playmaker. Really simple as that and something practically everyone says this team needs.
Now the whole blocking mantra. Folks...it's not that hard to block at receiver. It doesn't take tremendous effort so let's quit the exaggeration of finding Walter's blocking ability as a reason to keep going down this path. Let's look at PFF grades in this category for receivers since it is one of the only sources for such:
The highest graded blocker is Reggie Wayne at 5.9
The lowest graded blocker is Armon Binns at -3.5
The difference from highest to lowest is that small of a window because we're not talking about something that is difficult to achieve. Sheesh, Danny Amendola graded higher than Walter and he is no physical specimen at receiver. Walter and Dre had highest for the Texans at 1.4. Our other guys? 0.9 (Martin/Jean) and 0.4 (Posey). Not a huge difference here. Why? Once again...it isn't that hard. Out of 206 receivers a whopping total of 18 even graded in the red in this category. It's that small of a differential.
So yes, Walter can block. Is it out of the park? No. He has NEVER graded in the top 10 since 2008 (Dre has). In fact, Jacoby outperformed him in this category every year except last year. So yeah...it's exaggerated a bit. Does he have good hands? Yes. But how much does that matter if he can't separate consistently? Kind of easy to get a high percentage with short throws, is it not?
This is a league of playmakers and there is nothing to illustrate Walter is one in the least.