Walford focusing on personal goals

The Oakland Raiders are heading into training camp with a variety of new weapons for their starting quarterback Derek Carr.

A lot of the talk has been around rookie wide receiver Amari Cooper, and that’s rightfully so. But rookie tight end and third-round pick Clive Walford has also garnered lots of praise for his playmaking ability throughout offseason workouts.

His play throughout organized team activities and minicamp have began a conversation about a possible battle for the starting tight end position, against incumbent starter Mychal Rivera.

While he hears the talk, the young tight end isn’t thinking too much about it as he isn’t focused on other people’s expectations.

“I do have my personal goals and my personal expectations, but I’m just trying to get better,” Walford said. “I don’t want to look too far ahead. That’s what training camp is for, is trying to earn a spot on the roster and a starting job. That’s what I’m aiming for.”

In the meantime, the young tight end is doing everything he can to learn from the same men that he’s competing against for a starting job.

“I try to learn a lot from him and Lee Smith because they’re the older guys. I see things that they do... I always have my eyes open and watch them.”


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