Austin Walter

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

Austin Walter News

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


Departs San Francisco

The 49ers waived Walter on Wednesday.

Analysis: Walter had one carry for three yards and secured his lone target for 27 yards in four appearances last season. Back in 2019, he suited up for a single game for the Giants.

May 12, 2021 1:08 PM EST



Inks one-year deal

Walter signed a one-year contract with the 49ers on Monday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Walter was set to be an exclusive-rights free agent in March, but he's locked down security for the 2021 campaign. The 24-year-old suited up in four games with the Niners last year, rushing once for three yards and caught his lone target for 27 yards.

Feb 8, 2021 1:09 PM EST


Removed from COVID list

Walter was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.

Analysis: Walter has been residing on the reserve list since Dec. 17, but he'll now have an opportunity to rejoin the 49ers' running back stable heading into a Week 17 matchup against Seattle. The 24-year-old has fulfilled most of his duties on special teams this season, fielding 33 of his 45 total snaps in that department over three game appearances.

Dec 28, 2020 3:05 PM EST


Shifts to COVID-19 list

The 49ers placed Walter on the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Walter was placed on the list due to either testing positive for the virus, or coming into close contact with someone who did. Walter could still have a chance to play in Sunday's game against the Cowboys, but he'll need to test negative at least twice, 24 hours apart to gain clearance.

Dec 17, 2020 4:21 PM EST



Won't suit up for MNF

Walter (coach's decision) is inactive for San Francisco's Monday night matchup against the Bills.

Analysis: The 24-year-old has made three appearances since Week 9, but with Raheem Mostert, Tevin Coleman, Jeff Wilson and Jerick McKinnon all active for Monday night's game, he's been relegated from the active roster. Walter has collected 30 scrimmage yards over two offensive touches, adding three kick-return attempts for 64 yards this season.

Dec 7, 2020 4:01 PM EST


Logs 12 snaps on offense

Walter had one carry for three yards and caught his lone target for 27 yards in Sunday's 27-13 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Walter was signed from the practice squad for the second week in a row, but he was able to actually get involved in the gameplan for the first time this season. The 24-year-old received the first touches of his pro career Sunday, so it's tough to tell what the 49ers have in the youngster. He did show soft hands during his time at Rice, so he could serve a third-down role even if either of Raheem Mostert (ankle) or Tevin Coleman (knee) are healed up after the upcoming bye week. Both of the backs ahead of him on the depth chart Sunday (Jerick McKinnon and JaMycal Hasty) also suffered injuries, so we could even see Walter starting against the Rams in Week 12 if the stable of injured backs are unable to return to action.

Nov 16, 2020 3:28 PM EST


Back with Niners

The 49ers elevated Walter from their practice squad Wednesday, Keiana Martin of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Walter was elevated to the active roster ahead of last week's game against the Packers, as he appears in line for another appearance for Week 10. Both Raheem Mostert (ankle) and Tevin Coleman (knee) are not expected to play until at least Week 12, so that leaves Jerick McKinnon, JaMycal Hasty and likely Walter to man the running back corps for the next few weeks.

Nov 11, 2020 4:20 PM EST


Joins Niners for Week 9

The 49ers elevated Walter from their practice squad ahead of Thursday's game against the Packers, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: With Jeff Wilson (ankle) joining Raheem Mostert (ankle) on injured reserve and Tevin Coleman (knee) sidelined for Week 9, Walter should serve as the 49ers' third running back behind the duo of JaMycal Hasty and Jerick McKinnon. Unless one of Hasty or McKinnon suffers an in-game injury or the contest becomes uncompetitive, Walter likely won't be a part of the backfield rotation.

Nov 5, 2020 2:22 PM EST


Finds new home

Walter inked a deal with the 49ers' practice squad.

Analysis: Walter came into the league with San Francisco after he was undrafted in the 2019 draft. He's spent time with the Giants as well as in the XFL with Dallas in the past two years, and he has just one game of NFL experience.

Sep 23, 2020 6:00 PM EST


Parts ways with Giants

The Giants waived Walter on Friday, Dan Salomone of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: Walter's tenure in New York lasted just one contest, and he played only one snap on offense during Thursday's 35-14 loss to the Patriots. The Giants hope to have at least one of Saquon Barkley (ankle) or Wayne Gallman (concussion) available Week 7.

Oct 11, 2019 9:10 AM EST


Promoted from practice squad

The Giants have promoted Walter from their practice squad in advance of Thursday night's game against the Patriots, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: With both Saquon Barkley (ankle) and Wayne Gallman (concussion) out this week, Walter will give the Giants added backfield depth in the short term behind Jonathan Hilliman and fullback Elijhaa Penny.

Oct 10, 2019 9:33 AM EST


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