The Colts waived Walford on Friday.
Walford was waived to make room for rookie wideout Daurice Fountain on the 53-man roster. The fourth-year tight end was signed by the Colts as a free agent Nov. 28, but was not active for a single game with the team. Walford will now be subjected to league waivers, and be free to search for a depth role if he goes unclaimed.
The 2015 third-round pick resurfaces in Indianapolis after failing to make the Jets' 53-man roster out of training camp. The Colts just lost Jack Doyle to a season-ending kidney injury, and each of their other four tight ends shows up on the Week 13 injury report. Regardless, it's difficult to imagine a scenario in which Walford becomes a significant part of the passing game.
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.
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