Raiders TE Darren Waller Shines Amid Humbling Defeat

Even though the Las Vegas Raiders were humiliated in Week 13, tight end Darren Waller continues to impress.

After nearly upsetting the Kansas City Chiefs the previous weekend, the Silver and Black were humbled by the lowly Atlanta Falcons. As lopsided as the final score was, it’s interesting to note that the Falcons were missing wide receiver Julio Jones and running back Todd Gurley. The Paul Guenther-led Raiders defense played well last Sunday. However,  it was the offense that didn’t show up this time.

One of, if not the only exception was Waller, who continues to impress every single week. There can still be a shining light even in the midst of an embarrassing loss.

Related: Raiders Needed A Wake-Up Call Ahead Of Week 13 Matchup

How Did Waller Do For The Raiders This Past Sunday?

Pro Football Focus spotlighted Waller via their Twitter this week. They pointed out Waller was a consensus Top-five tight end in Week 12. Even though he didn’t light up the scoreboard, his impact was undeniable.

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr targeted him seven times and came down with four receptions. . Waller’s found the endzone in six of the 12 games this year, though he was unable to do so in Atlanta on Sunday. Still, Waller’s reliability has been huge, he’s only dropped four passes and is averaging 4.4% dropped passes per target.

Waller enjoys some elite company according to PFF. He trails the Chiefs’ Travis Kelce but is ahead of Mark Andrews and Dallas Goedert. As the Raiders look to bounce back against the New York Jets, you can bet he’ll see a regular dose of targets his way

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