Darren Waller, a tight end in the NFL, is hoping to do more in 2022. His team, the Las Vegas Raiders has hired Josh McDaniels (ex-Official Coordinator of the New England Patriots) as their head coach. Waller’s individual goals are different. He is determined to do three things when he gets on the field. Waller shared the following information in an exclusive interview with PopCulture.com “three boxes”He uses to be successful.
“Yeah, at this point in my career, I’ve shifted away from the results and the numbers of things,”Waller spoke exclusively to PopCulture “I keep it more so as I have three boxes. I got preparation, I got effort, and I got attitude. If those three are in check and they have the right perspective with those three, I feel like the results will be in my favor individually at some point in time. I feel like I’ll be giving the best version of myself to the team, so I don’t really try to buy into the numbers. It’s something that a lot of people do and we’re taught to do as players. But I feel like for me, for my sanity, and just for the sake of the team and me being a great teammate, I feel like just focusing on those three handles a lot of other things.”
Waller’s method has helped the Raiders make a huge impact over the past three seasons. Waller caught 252 passes, totalling 3,006 yards and 14 touchdowns from 2019-2021. Waller was ranked by Pro Football Focus in the 2022 season. The No. Three tight ends in the NFLBehind Travis Kelce, Kansa Chiefs’ and George Kittle, San Francisco 49ers.
Waller helped the Raiders make it to the playoffs last year for the first time since 2016. Waller believes they can improve their performance this season, even though they lost to the Cincinnati Bengals during the wild-card round. “The things that we need to improve on, two things that stand out the most for me is red-zone efficiency, especially on offense, and just penalties,” Waller explained.
“I speak for the offense because that’s the side of the ball that I’m on. If we score more touchdowns in the red zone and not be in the bottom five in the red zone like we have in the last two years and we cut out the penalties, we’ve been highly penalized, that’s what takes somebody to a next level because those things when you’re shooting yourself in the foot, it’s tough to take that next step.”