The New York Giants turned heads across the NFL earlier this year when they acquired rising tight end Darren Waller from the Las Vegas Raiders.
Giants fans will hope for a certain chemistry to evolve between Waller and franchise quarterback Daniel Jones. The early returns bode well for them.
Jones spoke about Waller during the Giants’ OTA practices.
“You hear about most guys, and you see them in the program, and they’re listed as 6-6 when they’re really like 6-4 or 6-5,” Jones said Thursday, according to NFL.com. “But he’s like a true 6-6. He’s a true 250, 260 (pounds) and can fly and can run, can run all the routes. He’s just an impressive athlete. And, yeah, he’s just been locked in. You can tell it’s important to him. He’s put a lot of effort into learning stuff and getting caught up, and it has been fun working with him.”
The feelings appear to be mutual. Waller also spoke highly of his new quarterback.
“I’ve been very impressed with Daniel,” Waller said. “Arm talent. Intelligence. Funny guy. He’s got a lot of personality that you really get to see once you get to know him some more. It’s been fun, man. Getting extra throwing sessions in. What we got in the weight room, just a lot of jokes. Having lunches together. You can tell guys are really close around here, and he kind of leads that energy.”
Only time will tell how the new friendship performs on the field. But so far, so good.