Austin Walter

New York Jets
Running Back #2
New York Jets
Running Back #2

Austin Walter News

Gets 28 touches in 2021

Walter rushed 26 times for 101 yards and a touchdown while catching two of three targets for nine yards over four appearances in 2021.

Analysis: Walter spent most of the season on the Jets' practice squad but was signed to the 53-man roster down the stretch after the team battled some injuries in the backfield. The 25-year-old Rice product has another year left on his contract with the Jets, but Walter will be fighting an uphill battle to make the roster in camp.

Jan 14, 2022 12:05 PM EST

Inactive in Week 18

Walter is inactive for Sunday's game against the Bills.

Analysis: As is La'Mical Perine, which sets the stage for Michael Carter, Tevin Coleman and Ty Johnson to handle the Jets' backfield duties in Week 18.

Jan 9, 2022 12:16 PM EST

Gets 14 carries in Week 17

Walter rushed 14 times for 49 yards and wasn't targeted in Sunday's 28-24 loss to Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Walter led the team in carries after Michael Carter (concussion) exited early, but Ty Johnson got the nod at the goal line in the third quarter and delivered a one-yard touchdown. If neither Carter nor Tevin Coleman (illness) plays in Week 18 against the Bills, Walter should retain a prominent role on the ground, though finding running room won't be easy against a stout Buffalo front.

Jan 2, 2022 3:05 PM EST

Healthy scratch Sunday

Walter (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Analysis: Walter had two carries for 12 yards last week against Miami as the No. 3 tailback, but he's a healthy scratch for Week 16. Ty Johnson will take on that role Sunday with Michael Carter and Tevin Coleman set to lead the backfield once again.

Dec 26, 2021 8:52 AM EST

Two carries in Week 15

Walter rushed twice for 12 yards and wasn't targeted in Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Dolphins.

Analysis: Walter barely saw the field as Michael Carter (ankle) and Tevin Coleman split work in the Jets' backfield. As long as New York's top two running backs stay healthy, there won't be much work to go around for Walter, but each of the top two options has dealt with injuries this season; Carter just came off IR this week and Coleman missed last week's game due to a concussion.

Dec 19, 2021 5:12 PM EST

Not on injury report

Walter (illness) wasn't listed on Wednesday's injury report, Rich Cimini of reports.

Analysis: Walter was active for last week's win over the Saints but didn't take the field due to an illness. However, it appears as though he'll be available Sunday against Miami. While the 25-year-old was expected to take on a key role against New Orleans, he's unlikely to see much playing time against the Dolphins since Tevin Coleman (concussion) and Michael Carter (ankle) are both expected to return to the field this week.

Dec 15, 2021 2:05 PM EST

Out for remainder of contest

Walter is dealing with an illness and has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's game against the Saints, Rich Cimini of reports.

Analysis: That explains why Walter, though listed as active, had not played a snap in a contest he seemed poised to play a key role in. With Tevin Coleman (concussion) already out, next up for the Jets' Week 14 backfield work is the duo of La'Mical Perine and Ty Johnson.

Dec 12, 2021 11:16 AM EST

Should play more with Coleman out

Walter is expected to play a significant role Sunday against the Saints, as Ethan B. Greenberg of the Jets' official site reports that Tevin Coleman (concussion) won't play.

Analysis: Walter and Ty Johnson are New York's top two healthy running backs, with La'Mical Perine also on hand. Though Walter's probably the team's preferred option on the ground out of the three, finding running room won't be easy against a stout Saints front that's allowing just 96.4 rushing yards per game.

Dec 10, 2021 10:10 AM EST

Signed to 53-man roster

New York signed Walter off its practice squad Tuesday, Ethan Greenberg of the Jets' official site reports.

Analysis: After top back Michael Carter (ankle) landed on injured reserve, Walter was elevated from the practice squad ahead of both of the Jets' last two games to bolster the team's depth at the position. Though Tevin Coleman and Ty Johnson have worked ahead of him in both contests, Walter was active ahead of La'Mical Perine as the No. 3 back in Weeks 12 and 13 and combined for 10 carries for 40 yards and a touchdown and two receptions for nine yards. He'll now have a permanent home on the 53-man roster, filling the spot that belonged to Corey Davis (groin) before he was placed on injured reserve in a corresponding move.

Dec 7, 2021 1:54 PM EST

Back to Jets' practice squad

Walter was reverted to the practice squad Monday.

Analysis: The running back had one carry for two yards and two catches for nine yards in Sunday's loss to the Eagles after being elevated from the practice squad for the game. Walter will now head back down prior to the team's Week 14 matchup with the Saints.

Dec 6, 2021 8:22 PM EST

Three touches against Philly

Walter rushed once for two yards and caught both of his targets for nine yards in Sunday's 33-18 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Elevated from the practice squad for a second consecutive week, Walter saw limited work while Tevin Coleman dominated touches in the Jets' backfield with Michael Carter (ankle) on the shelf. In addition to his three touches, Walter also pitched the ball back to Zach Wilson on a flea flicker that turned into a 14-yard pass to Ryan Griffin. After elevating Walter twice, the Jets will have to sign him to the active roster if they want to use him again in game action this season.

Dec 6, 2021 8:40 AM EST

Back to active roster

Walter was elevated from the practice squad Saturday.

Analysis: Walter surprisingly saw nine carries in Week 12 after being elevated from the practice squad in the absence of Michael Carter (ankle). He's now set for another chance to produce, though he'll likely remain behind at least Tevin Coleman in what could be a three-back committee in New York for a Week 13 matchup against the Eagles.

Dec 4, 2021 3:54 PM EST

Reverted to practice squad

Walter was moved back down to the Jets' practice squad Thursday.

Analysis: The running back was able to rush for 38 yards and a touchdown after being elevated to the active roster ahead of the team's Week 12 contest against the Texans, but he will now return to the practice squad. With Tevin Colemand and Ty Johnson handling the duties in the backfield, Walter will likely remain off of the active roster barring any injuries.

Dec 2, 2021 3:51 PM EST

Makes most of opportunity with TD

Walter rushed nine times for 38 yards and a touchdown while failing to catch his only target in Sunday's 21-14 win over the Texans.

Analysis: Walter was elevated from the practice squad with Michael Carter (ankle) on IR, and he worked as part of three-headed backfield committee with Tevin Coleman (16 carries for 67 yards) and Ty Johnson (six carries for 42 yards). Given an opportunity from the two-yard line late in the first half, Waller made the most of it by powering into the end zone. He'll likely be elevated again in Week 13 against the Eagles

Nov 28, 2021 6:14 PM EST

Elevated for Week 12

Walter was elevated from the practice squad Saturday, Ethan Greenberg of the Jets' official site reports.

Analysis: Walter was signed to the Jets' practice squad Oct. 5 but has not been active at any point. That will be set to change in Week 12 for a matchup against the Texans, as he'll have the chance to serve in a depth role out of the backfield with Michael Carter (ankle) sidelined.

Nov 27, 2021 6:58 PM EST

Added to Jets practice squad

Walter was signed to the Jets' practice squad Tuesday.

Analysis: The 25-year-old was previously waived by the Jets in August. He appeared in four games with the 49ers in 2020, but only registered one rushing attempt and caught one ball.

Oct 5, 2021 2:30 PM EST

Agrees to injury settlement

The Jets waived Walter (undisclosed) from IR with an injury settlement Thursday, independent NFL journalist Aaron Wilson reports.

Analysis: Walter reverted to IR after going unclaimed on waivers last week, but his 2021 season won't officially have to come to an end. When healthy, the 25-year-old will be eligible to search for a depth role elsewhere.

Aug 27, 2021 8:42 AM EST

Lands on injured reserve

Walter (undisclosed) cleared waivers and reverted to the Jets' injured reserve Wednesday, Rich Cimini of reports.

Analysis: Walter was waived/injured by New York with the unspecified injury Tuesday, and he'll shift to injured reserve after passing through the waiver wire unclaimed.

Aug 18, 2021 8:37 PM EST

Waived by Jets

Walker (undisclosed) was waived/injured by the Jets on Tuesday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Walker was claimed off waiver by the Jets in May and was working as a depth tailback in camp. He appeared in four games for the 49ers last season, rushing one for three yards and catching one pass for 27 yards. The 25-year-old will revert to New York's injured reserve is he goes through waivers unclaimed.

Aug 17, 2021 10:08 PM EST

Claimed by Jets

The Jets claimed Walter on Thursday.

Analysis: Walter, who was waived by San Francisco earlier this week, rejoins coach Robert Saleh and offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur in New York. His familiarity with the scheme could increase Walter's chances of earning a depth role with the Jets.

May 13, 2021 2:30 PM EST

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