The New York Giants made one of the biggest trades of the offseason when they acquired rising tight end Darren Waller from the Las Vegas Raiders.
Waller, for his part, is enjoying the new scenery under head coach Brian Daboll.
Speaking with reporters Thursday, Waller sent a clear message to his former team.
“Yeah, they value our opinions here,” Waller said, according to ESPN. “As a player, I feel like a lot of places I’ve gone, you’re told to do things a certain way and you do those things. But here it’s like, they ask a lot of questions. They want to know what you’re thinking, what you want to do more.
“So to offer input is a really cool thing because coaches and players have to be in partnership. We’re all together and shouldn’t be clashing with each other. We’re all going in the same direction.”
The Raiders hired then-New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels in January 2022 to replace the disgraced Jon Graden, who was forced to resign after a league investigation discovered he had used bigoted and misogynistic language while working as an analyst for ESPN.
The Raiders finished 6-11 last season, good enough for second-to-last place in the AFC West.