Darren Waller

Las Vegas Raiders
Tight End #84
Las Vegas Raiders
Tight End #84

Darren Waller News

Does little with six targets

Waller recorded two receptions on six targets for 35 yards in Saturday's 31-13 loss to the Chiefs.

Analysis: Waller saw his highest target total since Week 2, though he lacked rapport with Jarrett Stidham to post a disappointing stat line. Waller did manage to account for the Raiders' longest play from scrimmage with a 24-yard reception early in the second quarter -- his seventh gain of 20 or more yards in his last four games. After suffering through an injury-plagued season, Waller will be back in Las Vegas in 2023.

Jan 7, 2023 7:00 PM EST

Posts strong results with new QB

Waller corralled three of five targets for 72 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 37-34 overtime loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: Waller got the offense kickstarted with a 24-yard touchdown reception on the team's opening drive. The athletic tight end could have had his first 100-yard receiving game of the season had he not dropped a tough ball that Jarrett Stidham launched over the secondary late in the game. Nonetheless, it was Waller's best fantasy point output this season, and it came as the result of the coaching staff changing quarterbacks this week. The Georgia Tech product's deep-play ability combined with Stidham's strong arm could lead to more positive results against the Chiefs in Week 18.

Jan 1, 2023 7:00 PM EST

Tallies four receptions in Week 16

Waller gathered in four of five targets for 58 yards during Saturday's 13-10 defeat in Pittsburgh.

Analysis: In his second outing back after logging eight consecutive DNPs due to a hamstring issue, Waller paced the Raiders in catches and receiving yards while finishing third in targets. The performance was a small bright spot in a passing game that managed just 143 net yards, which was aided by a game-high 34-yard gain that helped set up a successful Daniel Carlson field-goal attempt just before halftime. Waller's outlook for Week 17 doesn't look great, either, with the 49ers' No. 1 ranked defense coming to Las Vegas on Sunday, Jan. 1.

Dec 24, 2022 9:13 PM EST

Scores TD in return

Waller caught all three of his targets for 48 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-24 win over the Patriots.

Analysis: Seeing his first action since Week 5 after recovering from hamstring issues, the tight end was eased into the lineup and split reps with Foster Moreau, but Waller still made an impact by catching a 25-yard TD from Derek Carr in the second quarter. With the injury further behind him, Waller's volume could grow in Week 16 against a Steelers defense that's been stingy lately against TEs.

Dec 18, 2022 6:28 PM EST

Comes off IR on Saturday

Waller (hamstring) has been activated from IR in advance of Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Analysis: The return of Waller, who last suited up Week 5, will bolster the 5-8 Raiders' passing attack ahead of the team's last four games. In his looming return to the mix, Waller should reclaim his starting role ahead of Foster Moreau, who had been filling in as Las Vegas' top TE. Prior to being sidelined, Waller logged a 16-175-1 line on 24 targets in five games, but assuming no setbacks, the 30-year-old should see enough volume down the stretch to yield fantasy utility.

Dec 17, 2022 1:34 PM EST

Status for Sunday unclear

Coach Josh McDaniels wouldn't commit either way on potentially activating Waller (hamstring) for Sunday's game against the Patriots, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Waller was designated to return from injured reserve Wednesday, but the Raiders are under no obligation to bring the tight end back this week. McDaniels wants to see how Waller and wide receiver Hunter Renfrow (oblique) hold up in practice Friday before making a decision on either pass catcher. If Waller's activated for his first action since Week 5, he would have plenty of upside against a Patriots defense that's allowed eight touchdowns to tight ends. Should Waller remain sidelined, Foster Moreau would presumably draw another start.

Dec 16, 2022 10:31 AM EST

Designated for IR return

The Raiders designated Waller (hamstring) and WR Hunter Renfrow (oblique) to return from injured reserve Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: This opens a 21-day window in which Waller and Renfrow can practice with their teammates without counting against the roster limit. They won't be included on the official practice reports while technically still on IR, but updates from Raiders beat writers throughout the week could provide some clue about whether one of both of the veteran pass catchers is on track to be activated before Sunday's game against New England.

Dec 14, 2022 11:16 AM EST

May return in Week 15

Waller (hamstring) told Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com on Tuesday that he's "on track" to be activated from injured reserve next week and perhaps suit up Week 15 against the Patriots.

Analysis: Waller's comment seemingly rule him out from playing in this Thursday's game at the Rams, especially because the Raiders have yet to designate him for return from IR. He's been sidelined since Week 5 due to a strained left hamstring, which has allowed Foster Moreau to serve as the team's No. 1 tight end since a Week 6 bye.

Dec 6, 2022 3:00 PM EST

May not be ready for Week 14 return

Waller (hamstring) is eligible to return from injured reserve for the Raiders' Week 14 game against the Rams, but head coach Josh McDaniels suggested the tight end may not be cleared to play by then, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: After the Raiders face the Chargers on Sunday, Las Vegas faces a quick turnaround for the Dec. 8 matchup with the Rams, which falls on a Thursday. While McDaniels said Waller is getting "close" to a return, the coach indicated that the short window between the Weeks 13 and 14 games could make it tough for the 30-year-old to prove the left hamstring strain is behind him. Waller hadn't played since Week 5 before being placed on IR ahead of Week 10, so his streak of absences is set to reach seven games Sunday. Foster Moreau will be in store for at least one more turn as the Raiders' top tight end, and likely an additional one next Thursday if McDaniels' prediction about Waller's status comes to pass.

Nov 30, 2022 1:12 PM EST

Placed on IR

Waller (hamstring) has been officially placed on IR by the Raiders.

Analysis: Waller will thus miss at least four games, with his next chance to suit up for a game being Dec. 8, when the Raiders take on the Rams in Week 14. While Waller is out, Foster Moreau is in line to serve as the Raiders' top tight end, a role that gives him a degree of fantasy utility in the coming weeks.

Nov 10, 2022 1:41 PM EST

Reportedly headed to IR

The Raiders plan to place Waller (hamstring) on IR, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: We'll await official confirmation of the anticipated move, but Schefter notes that the tight end aggravated his hamstring issue and the hope is that an IR stint will give Waller the time he needs to heal up ahead of the Raiders' stretch run. In his looming absence, Foster Moreau is in line to see an expanded role in the team's passing offense.

Nov 10, 2022 10:14 AM EST

Still limited at practice

Waller (hamstring) remained limited at practice Wednesday, Rachel Gossen of the Raiders' official site reports.

Analysis: Waller has missed the past three games with a hamstring injury, and his status for Sunday's game against the Colts has yet to be determined. "Hopefully, we take another step forward," coach Josh McDaniels said of the tight end on Wednesday. "It's very difficult to predict some of these things...muscles are always a little tricky, especially for a player that his No. 1 skill, one of his certain top traits, obviously, is his ability to run and open up and go." If Waller is unable to return to action this weekend, Foster Moreau would be in line to continue to see added snaps in Week 10.

Nov 9, 2022 3:24 PM EST

Won't play Week 9

Waller (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Analysis: Even though Waller managed limited participation in practice all week before taking a questionable tag into Sunday, the Raiders are choosing to exercise caution by holding the tight end for a third consecutive game. Waller hasn't experienced any reported setbacks in his recovery from the injury, but Las Vegas is seemingly fearful that having the 30-year-old play at less than 100 percent health could result in an aggravation that would sideline him for a longer period of time. Foster Moreau should continue to serve as the Raiders' top tight end this week, but Waller should have a decent chance at making it back for Las Vegas' Week 10 matchup with the Colts if he remains free of setbacks during the team's upcoming practices.

Nov 6, 2022 8:39 AM EST

True game-time decision

Waller (hamstring) is a true game-time decision for Sunday's contest against the Jaguars, and the Raiders could opt for caution, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Waller, who is officially listed as questionable, is reportedly closing in on a return after having been sidelined since Week 5 due to a hamstring injury. Rapoport notes that Las Vegas' primary concern is an aggravation for Waller if he retakes the field before being 100 percent healthy, so while the standout tight end's status will need to be monitored as Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff nears, fantasy managers may want to consider Foster Moreau as a potential pivot option.

Nov 6, 2022 2:12 AM EST

Likely to miss third straight game

Waller (hamstring), officially listed as questionable, is unlikely to play Sunday against the Jaguars, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Waller logged three limited practice sessions during the week but is still not fully healthy according to Schefter. As a result, Waller is likely to miss his third consecutive game. In the two games that Waller has missed, Foster Moreau has racked up 14 targets and could be in line for a significant role once again against Jacksonville.

Nov 5, 2022 9:12 PM EST

Listed as questionable

Waller (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars after practicing in a limited fashion this week, Rachel Gossen of the Raiders' official site reports.

Analysis: "He's working extremely hard to try to get back as soon as he can," coach Josh McDaniels said of Waller, who has missed two straight contests. "I know that, and nobody wants to play quicker than Darren does." Fortunately for those considering the Raiders' top tight end in Week 9 fantasy lineups, the team kicks off at 1:00 ET on Sunday. If Waller remains out or is limited this weekend, added snaps and targets would once again be available for Foster Moreau.

Nov 4, 2022 11:52 AM EST

Manages another limited practice

Waller (hamstring) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Waller practiced in a limited capacity all of last week before sitting out the Raiders' eventual 24-0 loss to the Saints, so he may need to upgrade to full activity Friday to avoid carrying an injury designation into Sunday's game in Jacksonville. If Waller ends up sitting out Week 9 or is available only in a limited capacity, Foster Moreau could continue to take on an expanded role at tight end.

Nov 3, 2022 1:38 PM EST

Remains limited in practice

Waller (hamstring) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice, Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Waller was a limited participant all last week and listed as questionable, ultimately missing the 24-0 loss to New Orleans. He at least seems to be avoiding setbacks, and a return to full participation by the end of the week would have him on track for Sunday's game in Jacksonville.

Nov 2, 2022 1:36 PM EST

Inactive Sunday

Waller (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Saints.

Analysis: With Waller set to miss his second straight game, Foster Moreau is once again in line to handle added TE reps for the Raiders in Week 8, a context that resulted in him catching three of his five targets for 28 yards in last weekend's 38-20 win over the Texans. Waller will thus target a potential return to action in Week 9 versus the Jaguars.

Oct 30, 2022 8:37 AM EST

Not expected to play Sunday

Waller (hamstring) is not in line to play Sunday against the Saints, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Official confirmation of the tight end's status will arrive once the Raiders' Week 8 inactives are posted ahead of Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff, but it looks like Waller is in line to be sidelined, which paves the way for Foster Moreau to see added snaps versus New Orleans.

Oct 30, 2022 8:05 AM EST

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