TE Clive Walford - Miami Dolphins
|6-4, 251||Born: 10-21-1991||College: Miami||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2015|
2017 Week 13 vs NYG (4 / 4 / 57 / 0 rec)
Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree being out led to Jared Cook essentially playing as a wide receiver, which opened up playing time for Walford at tight end. He took advantage, making big catches down the seam and showing the above-average athleticism that caused some to peg him as a potential difference-maker earlier in his career.
2016 Week 1 vs NO (5 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
Walford had a mediocre game despite logging the majority of the snaps at tight end in a favorable Week 1 matchup. He was flagged for a hold that caused a promising Raiders drive to stall. Walford was targeted in the end zone, but was well covered between two defenders. He also looked uncomfortable trying to get both feet down in-bounds on a key pass attempt in the final minutes of the game near the end zone. He stumbled a bit and couldn't get both feet down in-bounds.
2016 Week 2 vs ATL (7 / 6 / 50 / 1 rec)
Walford's first two catches were dump offs on third down that didn't come close to moving the sticks. Had a bad drop just seconds before halftime on a slant route that would have put the Raiders in range for a long field goal attempt. Walford took advantage of a blown coverage by the Falcons defense to haul in a 31-yard touchdown. He lined up inline, got a free release and came wide open down the sideline behind the linebacker and in front of the secondary. Desmond Trufant slipped trying to get over to make the tackle, which allowed Walford to walk into the end zone untouched.
2016 Week 3 vs TEN (3 / 2 / 27 / 0 rec)
Walford had a 24-yard touchdown catch taken off the board due to a holding call. He easily beat a linebacker on a post route over the middle and held onto the ball despite taking a hit.
2016 Week 4 vs BAL (4 / 2 / 23 / 0 rec)
Walford was wide open in the middle of the field for what should have been a 15-yard gain, but let the ball go right through his hands. It was his second bad drop in as many weeks. Walford had a key 17-yard reception down the seam on the Raiders game-winning touchdown drive. He was targeted in the end zone on the next play, but was well covered. Walford left the game with a leg injury on the play, but Jack Del Rio indicated the injury wasn't serious. Blocking tight end Lee Smith suffered a serious injury and will miss an extended amount of time, which should lead to more playing time for Walford going forward.
2016 Week 8 vs TB (4 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
Made a key 17-yard grab in heavy traffic on the Raiders last minute, game-tying drive.
2016 Week 9 vs DEN (3 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Walford almost caught a 14-yard touchdown on the first possession. Carr under threw him just slightly, allowing the trailing linebacker to get a hand on the pass.
2016 Week 12 vs CAR (4 / 3 / 43 / 1 rec)
Walford made a key 3rd-and-long grab for 17 yards to keep the chains moving on a fourth quarter touchdown drive, going low to snag the ball before it hit the ground. On the very next play, Walford grabbed an 11-yard touchdown pass. This time he went high to make the catch, leaping to high-point the ball on a back shoulder throw down the seam.
2016 Week 13 vs BUF (3 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)
Walford played 45 snaps to Mychal Rivera's 20, but Rivera had the better fantasy day as Walford was limited to just one catch.
2016 Week 14 vs KC (3 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Walford played 59% of the snaps, but wasn't a big factor in the passing game. He hasn't seen a red zone target in two weeks and is losing work to Mychal Rivera in the passing game. Both factors make Walford a fantasy non-factor down the stretch.
2016 Week 15 vs SD (3 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)
Walford drew a holding flag on a slant route into the end zone. Without the hold, it's likely he would have been able to haul in a 13-yard touchdown pass. Walford continues to split time with Rivera at tight end and isn't a primary target in the offense at this point.
2016 Week 16 vs IND (2 / 2 / 20 / 1 rec)
Walford caught a 5-yard touchdown pass. He ran a short out route and was able to jump inside an awful tackle attempt from rookie T.J. Green to turn upfield and get into the end zone.
2015 Week 5 vs DEN (1 / 1 / 33 / 0 rec)
Walford caught a 33-yard pass and nearly scored on a busted coverage from the Denver defense. The Raiders came out with multiple tight ends on the same side of the formation and Walford ran a crossing route with nobody following him and caught the pass without a defender within ten yards of him.
2015 Week 7 vs SD (2 / 2 / 42 / 1 rec)
Walford lined up both split out wide as a receiver and inline. He caught a 23-yard touchdown on a wheel route down the sideline. He was aligned inline and took off towards the right sideline and accelerated right past an overmatched linebacker to create a few yards of separation and a relatively easy target for Carr, who dropped it in the bucket. Walford also picked up a big gain down the seam with a nice catch in traffic on a back-shoulder throw from Carr. The two appear to be developing a nice chemistry.
2015 Week 8 vs NYJ (3 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Walford had a nice catch and run down the left sideline for an 11-yard gain. He shows a nice blend of speed and toughness running after catch.
2015 Week 9 vs PIT (5 / 1 / 1 / 1 rec)
Caught a 1-yard touchdown off of play action as he was able to create a good bit of separation from the linebacker and Carr threw it up to him.
2015 Week 10 vs MIN (3 / 2 / 18 / 1 rec)
Walford is turning into one of Carr's most trusted red zone options and scored again. He caught a 10-yard touchdown pass on a smooth out route against cornerback Xavier Rhodes. Carr put the ball up high toward the corner of the end zone and Walford did a great job of securing the catch and making sure to tap his toes just shy of the out-of-bounds stripe.
2015 Week 11 vs DET (3 / 2 / 25 / 0 rec)
Walford was targeted in the end zone on a seam route but the coverage was excellent. He caught a pair of shorter passes on crisp routes and continues to see his role in the offense grow.
2015 Week 13 vs KC (5 / 5 / 53 / 0 rec)
Walford has been doing a nice job as an underneath target, displaying sure hands and above average run-after-the-catch ability. He caught a short pass along the right sideline and plowed through a would-be tackler for a nice gain to pick up a first down.
2015 Week 14 vs DEN (7 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)
Walford has been coming on of late and shows some tantalizing flashes of talent that hint at a bright future. Walford is primarily being targeted deeper down the field (either down the seam or on wheel routes down the sideline) and was able to pick up a couple long gains. He made a spectacular 25-yard catch on a seam route on which he went up and extended his hands far away from his body to catch a fastball from Carr in traffic. Walford also nearly made a second incredible catch on a sideline route for another big gain when he went up to get the ball over the defender, but the toe of his second foot came down on the line. The play was initially ruled a catch, but was overturned after a challenge flag was thrown. Walford led the team in targets and while that was largely a product of the tough matchups for the receivers, he clearly is earning a bigger role in the offense as the season progresses.
2015 Week 15 vs GB (7 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Walford had a tough game and was not able to take advantage of his size advantage in some matchups against the small but physical Packers defensive backs. He again was targeted in the end zone but the play was well-covered.
2015 Week 16 vs SD (3 / 1 / 22 / 0 rec)
Walford had a quiet game. He was the target of Carr's early interception, but the ball was tipped at the line of scrimmage. Walford did come up with a nice catch deep down the middle of the field for a 22-yard gain, but was otherwise held in check.
2015 Week 17 vs KC (4 / 4 / 46 / 0 rec)
Walford was again one of Carr's top targets in the passing game. His most impressive play came on a 3rd-and-7; he made three guys miss after catching it short on a crossing route to pick up the first down. His run-after-the-catch skills have impressed in recent weeks.