The football world saw just how dominant Raiders tight end Darren Waller could be on any given night, as he picked apart the Saints’ secondary in a statement Week 2 victory.
Waller finished last night’s game with 12 receptions for 103 yards and a touchdown. It didn’t matter if the Saints put Malcolm Jenkins or PJ Williams on Waller, he kept getting open in crucial situations.
Next up for Waller is a showdown with the New England Patriots. While it’s impossible to from know how Bill Belichick plans to stop Waller, it’s pretty clear that he has a great deal of respect for the talented tight end.
When talking about Waller during his media session on Tuesday, Belichick said “It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a guy like this.”
Bill Belichick after watching Raiders TE Darren Waller last night:
"It's been a long time since we've seen a guy like this."
— Andrew Siciliano (@AndrewSiciliano) September 22, 2020
This is the second-straight week that Belichick had high praise for an opposing team’s player.
Last week, Belichick had a glowing review for Russell Wilson, saying “Honestly, I think he’s in a way maybe underrated by the media or the fans, I don’t know. I don’t really see anybody better than this player.”
The fact that Belichick speaks so highly of Waller proves just how dynamic of a weapon he’s become over the past two seasons.
Unfortunately for Waller, that means he’ll probably face a Belichick defense that is hell-bent on making sure he doesn’t beat them.