Darren Waller: Watching Rob Gronkowski’s old tape, I’m excited about the new offense

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Though Las Vegas’ Darren Waller is clearly underpaid as one of the best tight ends in the league, he said on Tuesday that he’s focused on football and letting his agent handle his contract.

So now that Josh McDaniels is the Raiders’ head coach, Waller says he’s excited about what could be coming his way in the new offense.

“It’s asking me to do a lot of things,” Waller said in his press conference. “We’ve watched a lot of tape of Rob Gronkowski running wild from just old New England clips and stuff like that. So it’s exciting to see different ways that I’ll be used. And, yeah, I’m very excited about it. It’s a challenging system. But I love a good challenge. I think it’s bringing the best out of us.”

Gronkowski had four seasons of at least 1,000 yards with New England — including the 2011 season when he caught 90 passes for 1,327 yards with a league-leading 17 touchdowns.

Waller eclipsed 1,000 yards twice in the last three years. He led the Raiders with 107 receptions, 1,196 yards, and nine TDs in 2020, becoming a Pro Bowler for the first time.

With other strong weapons on offense like receivers Davante Adams and Hunter Renfrow, Waller may not reach those peak-Gronkowski numbers. But he is in line for another productive season. And that should put him in line for a big payday sooner than later.

7 responses to “Darren Waller: Watching Rob Gronkowski’s old tape, I’m excited about the new offense

  1. Bringing in another coach to hide Carr’s deficiencies, and maybe it will work but The Raiders were a super bowl team last year with Gruden. Sad, and that’s the real reason his emails were put out there, bc the NFL wanted one of the LA teams to win

  2. Too bad he’s injury prone and simply overrated!

    One can always dream though.

  3. This is like Mitch Trubisky watching Tom Brady videos and fantasizing about being an MVP.

  4. Everyone can dream big, doesn’t mean they are talented. I wish Waller the best of luck, hopefully he can stay healthy and not continue to be injury prone! Getting off the failing Raiders squad would benefit him too.

  5. Well he does look like he might be a serviceable TE one day, definitely not on the Raiders. They need so much help on both sides of the ball and they don’t have QB still. He should try to join the packers next year and play with a real QB.

  6. Too bad he’s injury prone and simply overrated! One can always dream though..

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