The Jets were in need of a tight end after Austin Seferian-Jenkins signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars in free agency. Seferian-Jenkins had 50 receptions for 357 yards and three touchdowns in 2017.
Before adding Walford, the only other tight ends on the Jets’ roster were Eric Tomlinson, who had eight receptions for 121 yards and a touchdown in 2017, and Jordan Leggett, who missed all of last season after suffering a knee injury in the preseason.
Walford, 26, played in 13 games last season for the Raiders, finishing with nine receptions for 80 yards. He was a bigger part of Oakland’s passing game in 2015 and ’16, finishing with 61 receptions for 788 yards and six touchdowns combined.
The Raiders selected him in the third round (68th overall) in the 2015 draft.
Due to a Lisfranc injury, Allen played in only five games and had 10 total tackles and a sack. But the former Alabama star showed us glimpses of his athleticism and plus-technique.
By Tuesday morning, Giants general manager Dave Gettleman was about as fed up with it all as he could be.
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Sitting at No. 11, the Dolphins aren’t in great position to move up. They have Ryan Tannehill for at least one more year, and if that doesn’t go well. they could end up with a long-term need at the position. But for now, let’s look at the Dolphins as a team that becomes interested if someone like a Baker Mayfield or a Josh Rosen starts to tumble out of that top five or six range, and the move-up price isn’t as steep as it would be to get Miami from No. 11 to No. 2.
Work with me here a second. There’s only one spot the Giants could move up into, and it’s the No. 1 spot. This would be somewhat similar to the move the Bears made last year to get from No. 3 to No. 2, and the Giants would need a specific motivation to do it. In this imaginary scenario, let’s say the Giants like Sam Darnold the best of all the available quarterbacks, and that the Browns are planning to take someone else, like Josh Allen.