Darren Waller: People can throw me under the bus, I’m tough enough to handle it

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In the aftermath of Raiders quarterback Derek Carr‘s emotional press conference following last Sunday’s loss to the Colts, there was some speculation that Carr was talking about tight end Darren Waller when calling out teammates’ effort.

Carr said Wednesday that wasn’t the case. But the quarterback and Waller still talked it out, according to the tight end.

“We know each other,” Waller said Thursday, via Adam Hill of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “We know how we’ve shown up, and we’ve been teammates for four years, so those kinds of things don’t affect our relationship. We just know that’s the way things go sometimes and nobody’s trying to take those things personal.”

Waller was placed on injured reserve last week, so it’s somewhat hard to see how he would’ve helped in the immediate aftermath of Sunday’s game.

While dealing with injuries, Waller has played just five games this year. He has 16 catches for 175 yards with a touchdown. He was last on the field in Week Five, when he played eight snaps and suffered a hamstring injury in the loss to the Chiefs.

That came after he signed a three-year, $51 million extension with Las Vegas in September.

“I get it,” Waller said. “When it comes down to a season where you’re not meeting expectations, and a dude has signed a shiny new contract and there’s big expectations for him, it’s frustrating. People can throw me under the bus and blame me. It is what it is and how it’s going to be. I know how it goes, and I’m tough enough to handle it.”

The Raiders have plenty more problems than just Waller, who would e unlikely to solve all the team’s offensive issues anyway. In Week Three, he had three receptions on five targets for 22 yards. In Week Four, he similarly put up 24 yards on three receptions with five targets.

Like receiver Hunter Renfrow, Waller is eligible to come off IR for the Week 14 Thursday matchup Rams.

15 responses to “Darren Waller: People can throw me under the bus, I’m tough enough to handle it

  1. You have to think Mark Davis is behind all the bad signings and contracts, because Zigeler didn’t channel BB when he got there.

    Seems to happen every time a BB GM protege goes to an awful environment; the owner ends up medddling in some way.

    Waller should have yielded a 3rd rd pick in a draft trade.

  2. I would just say this in all the bashing I’ve heard on McDaniels lately. The dude is trying to change the culture, and when you try to change the culture you have to rid yourself of the players who don’t buy into your program. Agree or disagree that is fact

  3. The Raiders are a perfect fit for Waller. Incompetence and inept leadership picks all the real winners!

  4. fuzall says:
    November 18, 2022 at 11:56 am
    Can you say “Cap Hell”, Mr. Davis? Sure, I knew ya could.
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    According to over the cap, the Raiders have the sixth most cap space in the entire league. For future reference, when touchback6 doesn’t even use his patented “Cap Hell!” claim, it’s a sign you shouldn’t either.

  5. wintercoates87 says:
    November 18, 2022 at 11:58 am
    I would just say this in all the bashing I’ve heard on McDaniels lately. The dude is trying to change the culture, and when you try to change the culture you have to rid yourself of the players who don’t buy into your program. Agree or disagree that is fact

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    The problem is, Davis wanted to appease loser Carr. Big mistake. Ziegler shouldn’t have taken the job without full autonomy with McDaniels.

    BB would have dealt Waller and whoever else out almost immediately the second he took over. The reset button needs to be hit in full, not just halfway.

  6. wintercoates87 says:
    November 18, 2022 at 11:58 am
    I would just say this in all the bashing I’ve heard on McDaniels lately. The dude is trying to change the culture, and when you try to change the culture you have to rid yourself of the players who don’t buy into your program. Agree or disagree that is fact

    >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

    Yeah but the problem is the Raiders seem to go through the same process every couple years. They have no idea what coaching stability is or how important it is to a successful franchise

  7. Nobody from New England has ever won without Tom Brady, including Bill Belichick. Those are just the facts. There are huge problems in Raiders Nation right now, and these players are just some of the symptoms. It’s going to get worse. This was a playoff roster last year, and Mark Davis hired a couple guys that are destroying the franchise.

  8. Seems to happen every time a BB GM protege goes to an awful environment; the owner ends up medddling in some way
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    Lol, I bet you actually believe that. Not a single BB protege has ever had any success but it’s always because of meddling owners, not because they don’t have Tom Brady. I mean that does make sense….look at how well NE has done since he left, meanwhile Brady is just floundering away in Tampa, having achieved nothing without the glorious BB.

  9. When you look at all of the season issue, the contracts, the on field performance, the lack of coaching adjustments, inability to game plan to player strengths, and the locker room drama……

    Jon Gruden was doing a hell of a great job. He took this team to the post season.

  10. fuzall says:
    November 18, 2022 at 11:56 am
    Can you say “Cap Hell”, Mr. Davis? Sure, I knew ya could.
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    They have about 35M in cap space for next season. If they get rid of Carr that’s another 30.

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