A 2015 third round pick, Walford has spent his three year career in Oakland.
Walford’s playing time was reduced in 2017 after the Raiders signed Jared Cook in free agency. After getting 702 offensive snaps in 2016, Walford was relegated to only 102 in 2017.
In part due to this lack of playing time, he is coming off a season with only 9 catches for 80 yards. The Jets are looking to replace departed tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, and it is worth noting that Walford’s stat line in 2016 was an ASJ-esque 33 catches, 359 yards, and 3 touchdowns.
There still could be moves at tight end to come, but coming to the Jets will be a good opportunity for Walford. He has as good of a chance as anybody to claim a starting job and prove he belongs in the NFL.