2020 was a special year for Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller, who made his first Pro Bowl after a career-year. But 2021 could be even more special depending on how he plays this Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Waller has had four straight games of 100-plus receiving yards dating back to the end of last season. According to ProFootballTalk, a 100-yard game against the Steelers would make him the first tight end in NFL history with five straight 100-yard games.
He is currently tied for the record with four straight 100-yard games. The feat has been matched five previous times by four other tight ends: Tyler Higbee (2019), Travis Kelce (2016), Jimmy Graham (2011 and 2013) and Hall of Famer Tony Gonzalez (2000).
Waller had 10 receptions for 105 yards and a touchdown in Monday’s win over the Ravens. At the end of last season he had 150 yards against the Chargers, 112 yards against the Dolphins and 117 yards against the Broncos.
He finished the season with 107 receptions for 1,196 yards and nine touchdowns – all career highs.
Darren Waller can become first tight end in NFL history with five straight 100-yard games. https://t.co/WeBKc8iNSW
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 16, 2021
Darren Waller doesn’t often get mentioned among the elite tight ends such as Travis Kelce and George Kittle. But his head coach, Jon Gruden, believes he’s one of the best players he’s ever coached.
Waller would be in a class of his own if he breaks the record.
Good luck against the Steelers this weekend.
The Raiders-Steelers game will be played at 1:00 p.m. EST and will air on CBS.