The New York Giants acquired tight end Darren Waller in a trade with the Las Vegas Raiders. Here are five things to know about the new member of the team:
1. The 6-foot-6, 255-pound tight end has amassed 298 catches for 3,572 yards and 19 touchdowns in 74 games (52 starts) for the Raiders (2018-2022) and Ravens, who originally selected him in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft. Waller caught seven passes for 76 yards in his single postseason appearance with Las Vegas.
2. In 2020, Waller put together the finest season by a tight end in Raiders history, setting career highs in receptions (107), receiving yards (1,196) and receiving touchdowns (nine) en route to his first Pro Bowl selection. He broke Hall of Fame wide receiver Tim Brown's franchise record for most receptions in a single season (104 in 1997). He also set the franchise record in 2019 – and matched it again in 2020 – for most 100-yard receiving games (five) by a tight end in a single season, while also leading all tight ends in the NFL.
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3. Waller's 107 receptions in 2020 are tied for fourth-most by a tight end in NFL history. Only six others have reached the 100-catch plateau: Zach Ertz, Travis Kelce (three times), Jason Witten, Mark Andrews, Tony Gonzalez, and Dallas Clark. Waller is one of six tight ends to record 200 receiving yards in a single game, hitting that exact number in a 2020 game against the New York Jets.
4. Waller had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2019 and 2020. The Giants have had only one tight end reach 1,000 receiving yards in a single season. Mark Bavaro had 1,001 in 1986.
5. Waller played four years (2011-14) at Georgia Tech after attending North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, where he was named first-team All-County, first-team All-Region and second-team All-State as a senior. He played wide receiver and defensive back during his three-year varsity career and served as team captain for two seasons.
View photos of the newest members of the Giants touring the Quest Diagnostics Training Center.