The New York Giants made one of the quietest trades of the offseason when they acquired rising tight end Darren Waller from the Las Vegas Raiders.
Waller has acclimated well to his new team and recently opened up about how the trade from the team that drafted him came to be.
“Not totally shocked,” Waller told Adam Hill of The Las Vegas Review-Journal. Waller and Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels had a well-reported relationship that could be described as “rocky.”
“I had heard some things. There were different moments throughout the year that I heard I may be traded, or I may not. So the actual event of it wasn’t too shocking.”
Still, given all the buzz around trading him, Waller admitted that he didn’t expect the Giants to come calling.
“But I didn’t expect it to be the Giants.”
So far, Waller sounds up to the challenge.
“It’s been a great challenge,” Waller said. “I love a good challenge and just forming a new relationship with my teammates. They’re really excited about winning. They’re really solid about doing things the right way and continuing to build a foundation on what they started last year. I’m just excited to be a part of it.”
If Waller can stay healthy, he certainly should be a major part in the resurgence of quarterback Daniel Jones.