After a record-breaking season, Darren Waller finds himself on the NFL Top 100 Players list for the second straight year. During Waller’s third season with the Raiders, he proved week after week how much he has grown since he joined the team. The now 28 year-old was signed off the Baltimore Raven’s practice squad in 2018 when Jon Gruden saw untapped potential inside Waller. The elite tight end has led the Raiders in receptions in the last two seasons, and he shows no sign of slowing down.
Following the 2019 season, Waller made the NFL Top 100 Players list for the first time. He came in ranked at number 99. After a monster 2020 season, Waller jumped 64 spots all the way up to number 35 in 2021.
Each year, the NFL Top 100 Players list is voted on by the players. For this reason, being on the list is that much more meaningful. Players all over the league were quick to praise Waller as he made his appearance at 35. Travis Kelce, the highest-ranked tight end on the list, took to Twitter to show his admiration for Waller.
Kelce says Waller is “a dominant force,” calling him quite the athlete. Kelce isn’t the only player that has high praise for Waller. Former Raider Trent Brown can also be heard saying Waller is “an anomaly at that position.” Waller has earned the respect of players, coaches, and fans around the league as he dominated last season.
Waller broke several records during the 2020 season. He broke the franchise record for most receptions in a single season with 107. The 2020 season also brought Waller’s second straight 1000 yard season. He finished the season with 1196 yards and 9 touchdowns.
People around the league are excited to see what Waller will bring in 2021. Will we see another 1000 yard season? Will we see another Darren Waller pro-bowl? Waller is sure to show the world what an elite tight-end looks like as we head into the regular season.
Waller joins Raiders teammate Josh Jacobs on the Top 100 list.
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