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Derel Walker

Wide Receiver  Edmonton Eskimos

Height:   6' 2''   Weight:   185

October 15, 2017    Derel Walker News

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Walker caught eight passes for 82 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 30-27 win over the Argos.

His six-yard TD grab inside the final minute of the game proved to be the difference. Walker has now topped 80 receiving yards four times in five games since returning to Edmonton after failing to catch on in the NFL, and he should remain one of Mike Reilly's primary targets through the end of the regular season and into the playoffs.

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October 9, 2017

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Walker caught four passes for 59 yards and added an 11-yard carry in Monday's 42-24 win over the Alouettes.

After catching at least seven passes in each of his first three games back in the CFL, Walker was a little less productive Monday but still made a contribution. Expect him to continue filling a secondary role in the Edmonton passing game over the final four games of the season.

October 1, 2017

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Walker posted seven receptions for 82 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 28-19 loss to the Blue Bombers.

Walker gave the Eskimos a ray of hope with a 21-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter, but a subsequent pick-six interception by the Bombers' Chris Randle helped seal Edmonton's fate. The 26-year-old's score was his first in the three games since returning from a summer soujourn with the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and he's now compiled an impressive 22 catches over that span. He'll look to keep surging versus the Alouettes in Week 16.

September 16, 2017

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Walker logged eight receptions for 92 yards in Saturday's 34-26 loss to the Argonauts. He also brought in a two-point conversion pass.

Walker's return to the Eskimos just before Week 12 has been a significantly successful one, as he's now tallied 16 receptions for 185 yards over his first two games of 2017. The speedster has picked up right where he left off last season, when he racked up career highs in receptions (109), receiving yards (1,589) and touchdowns (10). While the presence of a plethora of talented pass catchers on the Eskimos roster -- a group that includes Brandon Zylstra, Adarius Bowman and D'haquille Williams in addition to Walker -- might cause his targets to fluctuate to an extent, the 26-year-old's obvious rapport with prolific quarterback Mike Reilly makes him a viable fantasy option each week. He'll look to continue building on his early efforts against the Blue Bombers following a Week 14 bye.

September 11, 2017

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Walker totaled eight receptions for 93 yards in Saturday's 25-22 loss to the Stamps.

The speedster made a seamless return to the Eskimos' passing attack after a training camp and preseason stint with the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Walker appeared to be back in his element with Mike Reilly at the helm, serving as his second-most targeted wideout on the night. If Saturday is any indication, Walker may be in for a robust target share going forward, despite the presence of Brandon Zylstra and Adarius Bowman. He'll look to build in his successful 2017 debut versus the Argos in Week 13.

September 8, 2017

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Walker will start at receiver in Saturday's game against the Stampeders,

Walker was recently re-signed by the Eskimos after pursuing an NFL job with the Buccaneers. Walker ultimately failed to make the team's final roster, but he'll jump right back into the swing of things in his reunion with Edmonton after recording 1,589 yards receiving last season.

September 6, 2017

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Walker re-signed with the Eskimos on Wednesday.

The Eskimos released Walker during the offseason to let him pursue an NFL job with the Buccaneers, but he did not make the cut, and ultimately ends up back in the same spot he was at the end of the 2016 campaign. It's not clear if Walker will jump right into the Eskimos' starting lineup, but he should be plenty familiar with the offense and is coming off a season in which he racked up 1,589 receiving yards, so it wouldn't be a surprise if he did.

January 5, 2017

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Walker was released by the Eskimos on Thursday, Dave Campbell of Inside Sports reports.

Walker made an impressive two years for himself, totaling 109 receptions, 1,589 yards, and 10 touchdowns with the Eskimos. The wide receiver will receive a break with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, however there's a chance he will return to Edmonton if the NFL opportunity falls short.

November 20, 2016

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Walker hauled in six receptions for 96 yards in Sunday's 35-23 Eastern Finals loss to the Redblacks.

Although he didn't get into the end zone, Walker was nevertheless a key part of the Eskimos' impressive second-half comeback. He served as Mike Reilly's top target in terms of both receptions and yardage on the day, and will head into 2017 as one of the CFL's elite receivers. After a standout rookie campaign in 2015 that saw him post 89 receptions for 1,110 yards and six touchdowns, Walker came back to explode for 109 receptions, 1,589 yards and 10 scores over 18 games this past season. He figures to once again wreak havoc alongside slotback Adarius Bowman in the high-octane Eskimos attack in what will be his third pro campaign.

November 4, 2016

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Walker is on the depth chart for Saturday's game against the Argonauts, but he will not start and his playing time will likely be limited, Dave Campbell of 630 CHED reports.

Walker is coming off a two-touchdown outing in Week 19, but his snaps will be monitored in Week 20 with the Eskimos looking to keep their top players healthy with the postseason coming up. The Eskimos will also proceed with caution with fellow pass catcher Adarius Bowman on Saturday, so Brandon Zylstra could be the top option in the passing game in the Eskimos' regular season finale.

October 29, 2016

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Walker totaled 79 yards and two touchdowns on seven receptions in Friday's 29-26 win over the Ti-Cats.

Walker has been somewhat subdued in the last past few weeks as compared to his early-season performances, but he stepped to the forefront in Friday's win. He scored from 22 and seven yards out, his first trips to the end zone since Week 15. The touchdowns also put him in double digits in that category for the season, and the seven receptions served as his second-highest total over the last six games. Despite the emergence of Brandon Zylstra as a third threat in the air attack, Walker remains a viable weapon for Mike Reilly.

October 23, 2016

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Walker totaled only 46 yards on five receptions in Saturday's 32-25 loss to the Lions.

Walker has at least five receptions in each of the last seven games, but has failed to hit the 50-yard mark in two of those contests. Fellow receiver Brandon Zylstra has seemingly taken up some of Walker's targets over the last two weeks in particular, but the speedster still remains a vital part of the Eskimos' diverse passing attack. He'll undoubtedly serve as an important component of the game plan once again in the pivotal Week 19 tilt versus the Ti-Cats.

October 10, 2016

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Walker collected 96 yards on five catches in Monday's 40-20 win over the Als.

The Eskimos' speed merchant put together another solid effort, although first-year man Brandon Zylstra surprisingly outpaced him in both catches and yards. However, given the prolific nature of Edmonton's offense, there was plenty to go around in the blowout win. Walker is now just three catches short of his first 100-reception season and has already set a career-high in touchdown catches with eight.

October 1, 2016

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Walker caught eight passes for 120 yards and a touchdown in Friday's win over the Blue Bombers.

The Eskimos' passing game has been all but unstoppable this season, and as a consequence Walker's 1368 receiving yards is second in the CFL only to his own teammate Adarius Bowman. He'll look for his eighth game of the season with 100 or more yards in Montreal on Oct. 10.

September 11, 2016

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Walker amassed 164 yards and a touchdown that went for 104 of those yards on seven receptions in Saturday's 34-28 overtime loss to the Stamps.

Walker and QB Mike Reilly got the day started off right with a 104-yard scoring connection on the first offensive play for the Eskimos. He added 60 more yards on six additional receptions, and now has a career-high 1,124 yards receiving on the season, along with a high-water mark of seven touchdowns as well. Walker has scored a touchdown in four straight weeks, and he and Adarius Bowman are essentially the most lethal WR duo in the CFL as long as Mike Reilly is behind center.

September 6, 2016

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Walker caught five passes for 73 yards and a touchdown in Monday's loss to the Stampeders.

It was his sixth TD of the season and third in the last three games. Walker and Adarius Bowman continue to be one of the most dynamic receiving duos in the league, but it's Walker who's been stepping to the fore lately.

August 27, 2016

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Walker totaled 50 yards and a touchdown on three receptions in Friday's 33-25 victory over the Roughriders.

With the Eskimos' passing attack more subdued than usual, both Walker and partner-in-crime Adarius Bowman saw less opportunity than they've grown accustomed to. However, Walker was able to convert one of his three catches into a 31-yard score on Edmonton's second possession, his second touchdown in as many weeks. Despite the success finding the end zone, however, the 25-year-old speedster does have only three receptions in three of his last four games, a trend he hopes to break when the Eskimos face the Stamps in what could be a high-scoring Week 11 affair.

August 12, 2016

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Walker totaled a game-high 132 yards on 10 receptions in Thursday's 23-12 victory over the Als.

The 25-year-old was right back to his typically dominant self Thursday, leading all receivers in receptions and yardage on the night. Walker was looked to early and often by quarterback Mike Reilly on the way to his third-highest number of catches in a game this season. He also recorded a key 31-yard catch-and-run in the fourth quarter to extend a key late drive. The Texas A & M product now has 100-yard performances in four of his last five games, and will look to continue his stellar season when the Eskimos face off with the Argos in Week 9.

August 7, 2016

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Walker tallied only 26 yards on three receptions in Saturday's 23-20 loss to the Redblacks.

A week after an 11-catch, 148-yard effort versus the Blue Bombers, Walker put up season-low numbers across the board while being shut out of the end zone for the first time since Week 3 versus the Roughriders. Despite the struggles, the 25-year-old remains on pace to easily eclipse his first-year CFL totals of 89 receptions, 1,110 yards and six scores.

July 29, 2016

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Walker totaled 148 yards and a touchdown on 11 catches in Thursday's 30-23 loss to the Blue Bombers.

The 25-year-old hauled in double-digit receptions for the second straight game, while also topping 100 yards for the fourth time in Edmonton's five contests. Walker has seemingly surpassed veteran Adarious Bowman as Mike Reilly's favorite target the last two weeks and looked a lot more sure-handed and crisp in his routes than his teammate on Thursday. After only five games, the Texas A & M product is almost halfway to his 89-catch total from last season with 42 receptions, and with 642 yards receiving, is less than 500 yards away from his 1,110 -yard figure from 2015. Walker is also serving as a more effective downfield threat to date in 2016, with a 15.3 YPC metric that is notably above last season's 12.5. He'll look to extend his stellar stretch of play in what could be a Week 7 shootout against the Redblacks.

July 24, 2016

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Walker totaled 140 yards and a touchdown on 12 catches in Saturday's 37-31 loss to the Ti-Cats.

The 25-year-old seems to be getting better by the week, and has now posted 100-yard games in three of the Eskimos' first four contests. The 12 receptions were a season high for Walker, and he now is almost halfway to his 1,110 yard-figure from last season. With Edmonton's pass-happy offense, Reilly behind center and Adarius Bowman drawing attention opposite him, Walker figures to have plenty of opportunities to replicate Saturday's success as the season unfolds.

July 15, 2016

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Walker notched 154 yards and a touchdown on seven receptions in Thursday's 20-16 victory over the Blue Bombers.

The 25-year-old continues to partner with teammate Adarius Bowman as the deadliest 1-2 punch through the air in the CFL, equaling his season high in catches while setting a new personal yardage standard. Walker had been relatively quiet in the Week 3 victory over the Roughriders with just five catches for 51 yards, but got loose down the field on several occasions Thursday, including a spectacular 74-yard over-the-shoulder grab for the go-ahead touchdown on the first play of the fourth quarter. With 354 yards through the first three weeks, Walker looks primed to blow past the 1,110-yard total he managed in a breakout 2015.

June 26, 2016

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Walker totaled 149 yards on seven catches in Saturday's 45-37 overtime loss to the Redblacks.

After a breakout CFL rookie campaign in 2015 that saw him total 1,110 yards on 89 catches, Walker looks primed to surpass those totals if his Game 1 production is any indication. The speedy Texas A & M product looked outstanding Saturday, and would have likely had a touchdown on his 64-yard, fourth-quarter catch had he not stumbled after hauling in the pass. With Mike Reilly behind center and a year of seasoning under his belt, Walker figures to once again be one of the league's most prolific receivers in 2016