Walford turned three targets into two catches for 25 yards in Thursday's 15-13 preseason loss to the Redskins.
While Walford hasn't exactly turned heads, he's provided a steady presence at the tight end position. He led all Jets tight ends in receiving yards here and was third on the team overall. Jordan Leggett and Chris Herndon were viewed as New York's two most exciting tight end options, but neither has a catch yet this preseason.
Walford opened the preseason by hauling in both of his targets for 27 yards in Friday's 17-0 win over Atlanta.
Walford didn't get many chances to shine, but he was effective when called upon. The former Raider remains in the mix in New York's wide open tight end competition, though his plausible range of outcomes includes everything from a major role to not making the roster at all.
Plenty can happen between now and cut-downs, but Walford isn't guaranteed anything with the Jets despite the void at tight end created by the departure of Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Jordan Leggett (knee) and Chris Herndon (knee) are currently the co-favorites to to land the starting job.
Walford could be in jeopardy of losing his job, Andy Vasquez of northjersey.com reports.
Walford has a slight edge over recent draftee Chris Herndon and Eric Tomlinson for the starting tight end spot in New York. Jordan Leggett could also rise in the ranks should he impress during training camp, but for the time being it looks like this could be a three-man race. Walford's experience could be a key factor during the evaluation process, but Herndon seems likely to put up a good fight, especially if the Jets place a large emphasis of their evaluation on receiving skills.
Taking advantage of a modest role in the Raiders offense, the 2015 third-round selection accounted for 61 catches (on 102 targets) for 688 yards and six touchdowns in his first two pro seasons. Upon the arrival of Jared Cook last year, though, Walford's usage dwindled to 12.8 percent of the offensive snaps, which translated to just nine receptions for 80 yards and no TDs. Walford's new reality could result in a rebound due to the dearth of talent at TE for the Jets. With Austin Seferian-Jenkins out of the picture, Walford will only have to compete against Eric Tomlinson, Jordan Leggett and Neal Sterling, albeit with more help likely coming after the NFL Draft.
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