Experts react to trade for Darren Waller
The Giants made a big splash on offense in the first week of free agency as they acquired tight end Darren Waller from the Las Vegas Raiders.
The move provides Daniel Jones with an explosive playmaker at the tight end position. Waller put together back-to-back seasons with over 1,100 yards from 2019-20, totaling 197 receptions for 2,341 yards and 12 touchdowns during that span.
This led to Waller being selected to the Pro Bowl in 2020.
NFL analysts from across the media landscape complimented general manager Joe Schoen for the acquisition of the 6-foot-6 tight end.
Here are expert reactions to the Giants' trade for Waller.
"Giants coach Brian Daboll worked with the Patriots' tight ends from 2013 to 2016, including the likes of Rob Gronkowski and Martellus Bennett. He also got the best out of Dawson Knox in Buffalo, and offensive coordinator Mike Kafka spent five years in Kansas City with Travis Kelce, so there's more than enough evidence to support the Giants having a strong plan in place for Waller."
"In the passing game, Waller will give Jones a bonafide top receiving target and someone who head coach Brian Daboll can build the passing game around." -- Joseph Acosta
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"Now that Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley are back in New York, the next task is to get Jones some pass catchers that can elevate his game even further as a quarterback. The Giants accomplished this by trading a third-round pick for Darren Waller, who had consecutive 1,000-yard seasons in 2019 and 2020.
"Waller has appeared in 20 of a potential 34 regular season games since, but is still one of the best receiving tight ends in the game when healthy. Expect a lot of two tight end sets with Waller and Daniel Bellinger, which will significantly help Jones in the middle of the field." -- Jeff Kerrr
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