Former University of Miami running back Mark Walton was arrested three times during the offseason in a span of three months, thus resulting in the Cincinnati Bengals releasing Walton this past April. On Sunday afternoon, the Miami Dolphins gave Walton an ultimate second chance, something very few professional athletes get a chance to see.
Walton, along with center Kirk Barron and cornerback Jamar Summers, were signed following a tryout at rookie minicamp this past weekend.
What does this mean moving forward for Walton? No, he is not officially on the 53-man roster, and the reason being is because OTAs have only just begun.
“I’d say I think… I think people deserve a second chance. I believe that. I think that’s the case. I don’t want to judge people based on one or two incidents. I think it’s a case-by-case situation for a player and just for people in general,” head coach Brian Flores said during a press conference Thursday afternoon.
During his Cincinnati Bengals tenure, Walton was mainly a non-factor in the offense, due in large part to the productiveness of running backs Giovani Bernard and Joe Mixon. Walton, in 2018, rushed for 34 yards on 14 attempts. Now that Walton is signed, the Miami coaching staff, especially running backs coach, Eric Studesville, is looking to see how Walton can fit in the Miami offense.
The Dolphins currently hold seven running backs on the 90-man roster, which includes Walton, Kalen Ballage, Kenyan Drake, Kenneth Farrow, Patrick Laird, fullback Chandler Cox out of Auburn, and Myles Gaskin, a 2019 seventh-round selection out of Washington.
This story was written by Brandon Liguori. Follow him on Twitter: @BrandonRLiguori
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