Posted: 9/10/2019 2:09 pm UTC
Oakland Raiders TE Darren Waller played all 55 of the team's offensive snaps in Week 1 against Denver Broncos. Head coach Jon Gruden suggested Waller's role didn't necessarily grow because Antonio Brown wasn't there anymore.
'We're going to get the ball to Waller. Waller's special,' Gruden told Myles Simmons of the Las Vegas Review Journal.
Huddle Up: It didn't take long for Waller to live up to his preseason hype, as he caught seven of his eight targets in Week 1 against the Denver Broncos, doing most of his work in the first three quarters. The 26-year-old looked every bit like a former NFL receiver in the passing game and promises to be a mismatch more weeks than not. Looking like he has finally put his personal demons to rest and guaranteed to remain one of the top two targets in this offense, Waller should be viewed as a TE1 in fantasy moving forward.
Posted: 9/09/2019 10:09 pm UTC
Oakland Raiders TE Darren Waller posted seven receptions for 70 yards on eight targets in the Week 1 win against the Denver Broncos on Monday, Sept. 9.
Huddle Up: Waller was impressive when his number was called, shaking free for plenty of chain-moving receptions. He rose up the cheat sheets during the preseason, and is borderline low-end TE1/TE2 with plenty of upside. The Raiders host the Chiefs in Week 2.
Posted: 8/09/2019 4:08 pm UTC
Oakland Raiders TE Darren Waller (shoulder) has impressed the team's coaching staff, which views him as a 'freakish athlete' and a good fit to fill the cleats of the departed Jared Cook.
Huddle Up: While Cook is now a TE1 with the Saints, Waller -- a 2015 sixth-round pick of the Ravens -- has all of 18 career catches. He's a player to keep an eye on with the opportunity present in Oakland, but don't regard him as anything more than a deeper-league TE2 until we see something otherwise.
Posted: 8/07/2019 11:08 pm UTC
Oakland Raiders TE Darren Waller (shoulder) left practice early Friday, Aug. 2, because of an AC joint sprain, but he is not expected to miss significant time, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Waller is expected to be the starting tight end for the Raiders this season and could have a solid role in the passing game. He has the chance to be a No. 2 tight end in some fantasy leagues.
Posted: 8/07/2019 11:08 pm UTC
Oakland Raiders TE Darren Waller (shoulder) did not participate in practice Saturday, Aug. 3.
Huddle Up: Waller is not expected to miss much time and likely will be back on the field in the near future. Waller has a chance to have a solid role in the passing game and could be a No. 2 tight end in some deeper fantasy leagues.
Posted: 6/21/2019 8:06 pm UTC
Oakland Raiders TE Darren Waller was 'one of our most impressive players (since he joined the team off the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad late last season),' according to head coach Jon Gruden.
'When you put the pads on three, four, five days in a row up in Napa, I think that will be a better indication. He's got a lot to prove. He's a young player who is a converted wide receiver; don't forget that. He's not been brought up as a tight end, but he has made a lot of progress. ... He's got some big shoes to fill, I know he respects that, but he's versatile, he's smart, he's fast. He wants to do good, he's a great kid,' Gruden said.
Huddle Up: Waller appears to be past the missteps that led to him twice being suspended for violating the league's substance abuse policy and appears committed to doing his best to realize his immense potential. A former receiver who is now 6-foot-6 and 250 pounds, he figures to have plenty of opportunities to run down the seam with Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams on the perimeter. If he can maximize his talent in 2019, he's a dark-horse candidate for low-end TE1 production.
Posted: 3/27/2019 6:03 am UTC
Oakland Raiders TE Darren Waller is 'interesting' and someone the team is going to give 'a chance of a lifetime' in 2019, according to head coach Jon Gruden.
Huddle Up: Waller has consistently been hyped since entering the league in 2015 as a sixth-round college receiver in Georgia Tech's option offense who made the move to tight end shortly thereafter, but he has amassed only 18 receptions over that time. It's not unthinkable that Waller could break out in his age-27 season, but any hype with him needs to be tempered until after the draft because it is likely the Raiders will address the position. Dynasty leaguers could do worse than taking a shot on him, however.