Darren Waller and his journey to the New York Giants was one he didn’t see coming.
The tight end said it caught him off guard when he was traded by the Las Vegas Raiders earlier this month. But he admitted he knew it was a business decision.
Now that he’s getting his bearings in with his new team, Waller said it didn’t take long for his new quarterback to make some time for him ahead of their offseason report date.
“Daniel actually came by the facility the day I was up there just to meet me, and I thought that was pretty cool of him doing that,” Waller said recently on the AP Pro Football Podcast. “He seems like a good guy, great head on his shoulders. He already hit me up about trying to get some work in before we report on April 17 for the offseason program.”
Waller will be added to a robust crew of offensive targets for Jones (who already has rushing capabilities of his own). The group includes Jamison Crowder, Isaiah Hodgins, Darius Slayton, and Sterling Shepard.
They’re doing so after the Giants’ 9-6-1 campaign in 2022. The Giants advanced to the postseason for the first time in several years. They defeated the Minnesota Vikings in the Wild Card round.
“So I’m excited to get to know him,” Waller added. “I feel like our personalities are kind of similar in a way, a little bit introverted, but once you kind of get close to people, your personality comes out more. So I’m excited to work with him.”
Jones’ quiet nature shows quite a bit on the surface. But if you have a chance to look over and see him delivering a pep talk, his words are fueled by fire.
Waller just needs to wait around a little bit. He’ll see the big personality of Jones. Especially when he proves what he can do as possibly his primary target for the season.
The 2020 Pro Bowler might not be fast necessarily. However, he’s athletic and an absolute nightmare for opposing defenses.
Waller has a past of being a wide receiver and will line up all over the field which only adds to his arsenal of weaponry.
Once that chemistry begins to advance between Waller and Jones — the duo could be unstoppable.