Darren Waller has done just about everything right since being traded to the NY Giants. Things weren't going well for him with the Las Vegas Raiders, but general manager Joe Schoen has given him a fresh start in East Rutherford. Waller is taking full advantage of his new opportunity.
On Tuesday, Brian Daboll revealed the 10 team captains for the 2023 campaign, with Waller being included on the list. Waller was asked about this honor after practice and you can tell this is something he's not going to take lightly: he's going to do everything he can to help the guys around him.
NY Giants tight end Darren Waller will be a team captain in 2023
This is exactly the kind of mindset Schoen and Daboll were hoping to see out of the former Pro Bowler. During the past two seasons, Waller has only been able to play in 20 games, missing 17 contests due to various injuries.
It has no question been a frustrating time for him, but he's been all smiles in New Jersey putting in some serious work with his new friends out on the gridiron. The potential is there for Waller to be a baller for this offense, as fans got a great first glimpse of things in the preseason win over Carolina.
In that showdown, Daniel Jones and the other offensive starters were in action for one series. Of Jones' nine pass attemps, four went to Waller, who finished the game with three receptions for 30 yards. Yup, that's enough to get people hyped up about what he'll be able to bring to the table in '23.
If Waller can stay healthy, he's going to be an impact player for this offense. The chemistry he and Danny Dimes have built in such a short period of time has been fantastic to see. Waller is entering the eighth year of his career in this league. He knows what it takes to win and he's bringing plenty of hunger and desire with him to the Big Blue locker room.