Darren Waller Sep 11, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller (83) gets in front of Los Angeles Chargers safety Nasir Adderley (24) for a 22 yard pass reception for first and goal in the third quarter at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

It’s safe to say that Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller hasn’t quite lived up to expectations this year after emerging as one of the top tight ends in the league and earning himself a massive contract extension during the offseason.

Darren Waller signed a three-year contract extension with the Raiders during the offseason worth $51 million. But so far this season, the star tight end has only played just five games as he’s been dealing with injuries. In those five games, he has 16 catches for 175 yards with a touchdown.

He hasn’t produced the way that fans hoped that he would this season, so he says that he understands the criticism.

“I get it,” Waller said, according to Pro Football Talk. “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.”

Waller certainly isn’t the only one who hasn’t quite lived up to expectations this season as quarterback Derek Carr has also had a disappointing year.

[Pro Football Talk]