Jets claim tight end Clive Walford from Raiders

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The Jets continued to add depth to their roster Monday, claiming tight end Clive Walford off waivers from the Oakland Raiders.

A three-year pro, Walford was released on March 27.

After two somewhat productive years in Oakland in 2015 and 2016, Walford barely made an impact a season ago. The 26-year-old caught just nine passes for 80 yards, failing to find the end zone.

In total, he finishes his Raiders stay with 70 catches, 768 yards and six touchdowns.

Walford instantly becomes the Jets’ most experienced tight end. After losing Austin Seferian-Jenkins in free agency, the Jets were left with Eric Tomlinson, Neal Sterling and 2017 fifth-round pick Jordan Legget.

Leggett would have begun last season as a starter if not for a lingering knee injury that required surgery. Instead, he missed his entire rookie season. As of now, he looks like the favorite to start, but Walford provides the Jets with a veteran security blanket. Despite his lack of production last season, he had two solid campaigns the year before that.

With Leggett yet to be tested, Tomlinson more of a blocker than a catcher and Sterling unproven, Walford is exactly what the Jets need at tight end.



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