Walton was barely used on offense this season, netting 14 carries for 34 yards and five catches for 41 yards. The fourth-round pick might take over Giovani Bernard's backup role next season, but that's far from guaranteed. He could just as easily be waiver bait, pending what the Bengals do in the draft and free agency this offseason.
Walton earned one 10-yard carry during Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Broncos
The carry snapped a three-game streak in which the rookie had not recorded a single touch. Part of that can be attributed to the fact that the Bengals started a first-time starter on Sunday, and in a related point, the running game was working for them. Walton figures to continue to get a little more action with Jeff Driskel under center for the remainder of the season, but as he's behind both Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard, he isn't likely to see a much bigger opportunity to enjoy Sunday's matchup against a middle-of-the-road Chargers run defense.
Walton did not record a single carry or target during Sunday's 51-14 loss to the Saints.
Walton saw only two offensive snaps during the Week 10 loss. With both Joe Mixon and Giovani Bernard healthy for the first time since Week 2, Walton no longer appears to possess a notable role in Cincinnati's offense. The rookie fourth-round pick is expected to see most of his snaps on special teams going forward.
Walton is active for Sunday's game against the Saints, but is expected to see reduced involvement on offense with Giovani Bernard (knee) returning from a four-game absence, Fletcher Page of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Walton had functioned as the Bengals' clear backup running back with one of Bernard or Joe Mixon missing each of the last six games, but that role didn't bear much fruit. Over that span, Walton managed just 24 yards on 13 carries and hauled in five receptions for 41 yards. Though he'll continue to dress Sunday, Walton's snap count on offense will likely sink into the single digits, with the rookie instead expected to see most of his action on special teams.
Walton's catch helped keep a drive alive - he turned a 3rd-and-13 into a 4th-and-3, which the Bengals subsequently converted and later turned into a touchdown. But he only saw 10 snaps on offense, down from 14 the week before.