The Jets have claimed running back Austin Walter off waivers from the San Francisco 49ers.
We've claimed RB Austin Walter and waived RB Pete Guerriero.— New York Jets (@nyjets) May 13, 2021
Walter played in four games for the 49ers in 2020 and was mainly used as a special teamer. He averaged over 10 special teams snaps in the games he played. This included 5 kickoff returns for 93 yards.
He played sparingly on offense registering 1 carry for 3 yards. He also had a single reception, which went for 27 yards.
Walter spent most of the season bouncing between the active roster and the practice squad for San Francisco. This seems like a classic case of bringing in a guy who knows the system.
While expectations cannot be high for Walter, the Jets lack sure things at the running back positions. Players who distinguish themselves in training camp and the preseason have a chance to earn playing time. The Jets seem like as good of an opportunity as a player like Walter will get.