The New York Giants have not been getting the respect they deserve this offseason. While a lot of the attention in East Rutherford has gone to the Jets for landing Aaron Rodgers, Giants general manager Joe Schoen was quite busy. Among the moves he made was trading for former Pro Bowl tight end Darren Waller.
There are certainly plenty of concerns surrounding Waller, as he's missed 17 games over the past two seasons due to injury. This could be a reason why a lot of fans aren't getting too hyped about him heading into the '23 campaign. However, the potential is there.
In 2019 and 2020, Waller showcased his abilities and put up eye-popping numbers. In 2019 with the Raiders, the former Georgia Tech star recorded 1,145 receiving yards. He followed his 2019 season with an even better 2020, as he racked up 1,196 receiving yards, nine receiving touchdowns, and was selected to the Pro Bowl.
Now, Waller is ready to suit up for Big Blue and make a big-time difference for this offense. Daniel Jones will surely love looking his way this campaign, as the big-bodied pass-catcher can turn out to be a stud. Could he become a top-five tight end in the process?
Darren Waller has a fresh start with the NY Giants
With the Giants, the former Raider seems excited, ready and prepared for a fresh start. Since the new tight end has arrived to New Jersey, he has put in the work with his new QB. Jones and Waller are constantly getting work in together, and they're starting to excite not just fans, but analysts too.
Having a redzone target like Waller could be the missing piece Jones needed. Last season he showed his accuracy, the ability to extend plays and the use of his legs. Now with Waller, he has a chance to establish himself as an elite QB.
The Giants for sure are not messing around anymore. Last season's postseason berth ignited new confidence under Big Blue fans, and they're eager to see the additions help this team. They were just two wins away from playing in the Super Bowl, and they're hoping Waller can bring them even closer.
For Waller, he needs to stay healthy in order to get back into the top-five tight end conversation. However, from what we've seen in both OTAs and minicamp, we have a feeling No. 12 is in for a monster year with the G-Men. Waller will want to remind everyone of just how fantastic he can be.