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Darren Waller
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Waller with the Raiders
No. 83 – Las Vegas Raiders
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1992-09-13) September 13, 1992 (age 27)
Landover, Maryland
Height:6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Weight:255 lb (116 kg)
Career information
High school:North Cobb
(Kennesaw, Georgia)
College:Georgia Tech
NFL Draft:2015 / Round: 6 / Pick: 204
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2019
Receptions:108
Receiving yards:1,323
Receiving touchdowns:5
Player stats at NFL.com

Darren Charles Waller (born September 13, 1992)[1] is an American football tight end for the Las Vegas Raiders of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Georgia Tech.[1][2][3] He is the great-grandson of jazz legend Fats Waller.[1]

Early life and family

Darren Waller was born in Landover, Maryland, to Dorian and Charlena Waller.[1] He has a sister, Deanna. He was raised in both Colorado Springs, Colorado and Marietta, Georgia.[1] Dorian Waller's great grandfather was jazz musician Fats Waller.

College career

Waller attended and played college football at Georgia Tech as a wide receiver.[4]

Collegiate statistics

Darren Waller Receiving
Year School Conf Class Pos G Rec Yds Avg TD
2012 Georgia Tech ACC SO WR 14 8 162 20.3 0
2013 Georgia Tech ACC JR WR 9 17 367 21.6 3
2014 Georgia Tech ACC SR WR 10 26 442 17.0 6
Career Georgia Tech 33 51 971 19.0 9

Professional career

Baltimore Ravens

Darren was selected by the Baltimore Ravens in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, through a pick traded in exchange for Rolando McClain.[5] On October 29, 2015, Waller was placed on the injured reserve list, ending his season.

On July 1, 2016, Waller was suspended for the first four games of the 2016 NFL season for violating the substance-abuse policy.[6]

On June 30, 2017, Waller was suspended for one year without pay for again violating the league's substance-abuse policy.[7]

On August 7, 2018, Waller was reinstated by the league after the year-long suspension.[8] He was waived on September 1, 2018 and was signed to the practice squad the next day.[9][10]

Oakland / Las Vegas Raiders

On November 26, 2018, Waller was signed by the Oakland Raiders off the Ravens' practice squad.[11] During the 2018 season, he had six receptions for 75 yards.[12]

On Hard Knocks with the Raiders, he was featured in an episode detailing his struggle with substance abuse and steps taken to overcome it.[13] In week 1 of the 2019 season against the Denver Broncos, Waller caught 7 passes for 70 yards in the 24–16 win.[14] During Week 3 against the Minnesota Vikings, Waller finished with 134 receiving yards on 13 receptions, marking his first career game with over 100 yards, but the Raiders lost 14–34. On October 16, 2019, Waller signed a three-year contract extension with the Raiders through the 2023 season.[15] In week 7 against the Green Bay Packers, Waller caught 7 passes for 126 yards and 2 touchdowns in the 42–24 loss. [16] In week 13 against the Kansas City Chiefs, Waller caught 7 passes for 100 yards in the 40–9 loss. In week 14 against the Tennessee Titans, he caught 7 passes for 63 yards in a 42–21 loss. [17] During Week 15 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Waller finished with 8 catches for 122 receiving yards as the Raiders lost 16–20.[18] In week 17 against the Denver Broncos, Waller caught 6 passes for 107 yards, including a 75 yard catch, during the 15–16 loss. [19] Waller was named as an alternate to the 2020 Pro Bowl, and after the Kansas City Chiefs advanced to the Super Bowl, he was originally supposed to be named in as a replacement for Travis Kelce, but he had recently had thumb surgery and was unable to play. Jack Doyle was instead named as Kelce’s alternate.

References

  1. ^ a b c d e "Darren Waller". RamblinWreck.com. CBS. Archived from the original on June 21, 2018. Retrieved October 30, 2015.
  2. ^ "Georgia Tech WR Darren Waller's size a selling point to scouts". NFL.com. National Football League. Retrieved May 2, 2015.
  3. ^ "Waller among intriguing UGA and Tech draft prospects". myajc.com. Retrieved May 2, 2015.
  4. ^ "Darren Waller College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  5. ^ "Baltimore Ravens select Darren Waller". Baltimoreravens.com. May 2, 2015. Archived from the original on October 24, 2017. Retrieved August 7, 2015.
  6. ^ Florio, Mike (July 1, 2016). "Ravens tight end Darren Waller suspended four games". NBCSports.com. National Broadcasting Company. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
  7. ^ Bergman, Jeremy (June 30, 2017). "Ravens TE Darren Waller suspended for at least a year". NFL.com. National Football League.
  8. ^ Downing, Garrett (August 7, 2018). "Tight End Darren Waller Reinstated From Year-Long Suspension". BaltimoreRavens.com.
  9. ^ Mink, Ryan (September 1, 2018). "Ravens Make Final Cuts to 53 Players". BaltimoreRavens.com.
  10. ^ Mink, Ryan (September 2, 2018). "Ravens Assemble Their 2018 Practice Squad". BaltimoreRavens.com.
  11. ^ Gantt, Darin (November 26, 2018). "Raiders signing tight end off Ravens practice squad". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports.
  12. ^ "Darren Waller 2018 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 16, 2019.
  13. ^ https://www.sfchronicle.com/raiders/article/Raiders-on-Hard-Knocks-Darren-Waller-opens-14365487.php?psid=nSbB6
  14. ^ "Raiders beat Broncos 24-16 in 1st game after Brown's release". www.espn.com. September 9, 2019. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  15. ^ Gordon, Grant (October 16, 2019). "Raiders lock up TE Darren Waller thru 2023 season". NFL.com.
  16. ^ "Rodgers throws 5 TD passes, Packers gash Raiders 42-24". www.espn.com. October 20, 2019. Retrieved October 20, 2019.
  17. ^ "Chiefs rout Raiders 40-9 to seize AFC West control". www.espn.com. December 1, 2019. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  18. ^ "Minshew, Jaguars stun Raiders late in Oakland farewell". www.sportsdata.usatoday.com. December 15, 2019. Retrieved December 15, 2019.
  19. ^ "Broncos beat Raiders 16-15 to keep rival from playoffs. He finished the season with a break out year of 1,142 from ninety receptions and three touchdowns". www.espn.com. Associated Press. January 3, 2020. Retrieved December 29, 2019.

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