Waller is getting regular first-team work as the primary receiving tight end in the Oakland offense, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock both talked up Waller earlier this spring, noting that the 26-year-old would have a big opportunity after Jared Cook left for New Orleans. A converted college wideout, Waller ran a 4.46-second 40-yard dash at the 2015 NFL Scouting Combine, but he caught just 12 passes in 18 games for the Ravens after they selected him in the sixth round. He then latched on with Oakland last season and had six receptions for 75 yards over the final three weeks. The competition at tight end appears soft, consisting of Luke Willson (concussion), Erik Swoope and rookie fourth-round pick Foster Moreau. There's a real chance for Waller to carve out a handful of targets per game.
General manager Mike Mayock hopes Waller can become the Raiders' top receiving threat at tight end, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.
There was buzz about the Raiders using an early draft pick on a tight end, but they instead waited until the fourth round to select Foster Moreau, who caught 52 passes in 49 games at LSU. The rookie figures to compete with Lee Smith and Derek Carrier (concussion) for inline blocking snaps, while Waller and Luke Willson (concussion) will battle for the pass-catching role. None of the bunch is likely to come anywhere near Jared Cook's 2018 production, but there's at least a hint of upside with Waller, a converted college wideout who ran a 4.46 40-yard dash at the 2015 combine. He flashed his potential at the end of last season with six catches for 75 yards on six targets over the final three weeks in December.
Coach Jon Gruden said Waller has the "chance of a lifetime" with Jared Cook leaving for New Orleans, Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Waller won't enter training camp atop the Oakland depth chart, but the guys he's behind -- Lee Smith and Derek Carrier (concussion) -- are noted for blocking far more than pass catching. Waller, on the other hand, is a converted college wide receiver who ran a 4.46 40-yard dash at the 2015 combine before Baltimore selected him in the sixth round. He only has 18 receptions in 22 NFL appearances, but raw athleticism and special teams experience should at least get his foot in the door. Of course, it's a good bet the Raiders add to their tight end room during the upcoming draft, potentially as soon as the first round.
Waller hauled in all three of his targets for 23 yards during Sunday's 35-3 loss to the Chiefs.
Waller logged a season-high 15 offensive snaps during the Raiders' season finale behind starter Jared Cook, as the former totaled 75 yards on six catches in four contests with the silver and black in 2018. Waller would be inexpensive to keep on the roster in 2019, though he'll likely need to earn his spot with the Raiders expected to make an effort to re-sign Cook.
Waller notched two receptions for eight yards Monday in the Raiders' 27-14 win over the Broncos.
One of five tight ends on the roster, Waller appears to have emerged as the Raiders' No. 2 pass-catching option at the position behind Jared Cook. A wide receiver during his college days at Georgia Tech, Waller showcased his athleticism with a 44-yard catch and run in Week 15 in Cincinnati, but he wasn't quite as productive Monday with the Raiders opting for a run-heavy game plan.
Waller caught his lone target for 44 yards and rushed for 21 yards on one carry during Sunday's 30-16 loss to the Bengals.
Waller racked up 65 total yards in just nine offensive snaps during what was only his second contest with the Raiders this season, having been signed in late November. The tight end's role in the offense figures to remain limited, however, as both Derek Carrier and Lee Smith were dealt at least seven snaps each behind starter Jared Cook.
Waller signed a contract with the Raiders on Monday, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.
Waller is expected to receive an opportunity to play at some point this season, but he's unlikely to see a notable offensive workload behind top TE Jared Cook. A 2015 sixth-round pick, Waller was suspended for the entire 2017 season and will attempt to get his career back on track in Oakland. The 6-foot-5, 255-pound converted wideout could be an intriguing option for a Raiders team looking toward the future.
Waller participated in Saturday's practice.
Waller was reinstated by the league Tuesday following his one-year suspension, and with his return to practice Saturday, he is officially back in action. He will need a strong showing during training camp to make the Ravens' final roster this year.
Waller (suspension) has been reinstated following a one-year suspension and he watched practice Tuesday, freelance NFL writer Jeff Zrebiec reports.
Waller figures to rejoin the tight end mix at some point this offseason, but a deep group that includes two rookie tight ends awaits him. Waller appeared in 12 games for the Ravens when he last played in 2016 and he'll attempt to crack the 53-man roster again with a strong showing in the preseason.
Waller has been suspended for at least one year for a second violation of the league's substance-abuse policy, Ryan Mink of BaltimoreRavens.com reports.
Waller was suspended for the first four games of last season for his initial violation, and now he faces a year out of the league for his latest. The 24-year-old will be allowed to participate in preseason practices and games, but his punishment will begin once the regular season does. A sixth-round pick in 2015, Waller caught 10 passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns last season. His absence -- which follows Dennis Pitta's most recent hip injury and subsequent release -- figures to allow Nick Boyle to see more action behind Ben Watson, Crockett Gillmore and Maxx Williams at tight end in the buildup to this season.
Waller (undisclosed) was a participant at the Ravens' minicamp after sitting out voluntary workouts, Luke Jones of wnst.net reports.
Waller was one of three tight ends on the team dealing with an injury, but it does not appear to have been a serious issue. His participation in minicamp seems to indicate he will be healthy entering training camp. He figures to compete to make the final roster and provide depth at tight end.
Waller (undisclosed) was sidelined during OTAs, ESPN's Jamison Hensley reports.
Waller joins a long list of Ravens tight ends that are dealing with injuries as Ben Watson (Achilles), Crockett Gillmore (shoulder) and Maxx Williams (knee) weren't available for OTAs either. However, it isn't clear what kind of injury he's dealing with or if he'll be back in time for training camp.
Waller finished the season with 10 receptions on 17 targets for 85 yards and two touchdowns.
The Ravens had a logjam at tight end for much of the season, with Dennis Pitta serving as the only reliable contributor at the position on a weekly basis. Waller didn't make his season debut until Week 5 and didn't see his first targets until his fourth appearance. That said, Waller began to capitalize on his limited opportunities as the season wore on, snaring just under 60 percent of his targets and converting two of them for touchdowns. Although his target volume and overall production don't jump off the page, it's worth noting that seven of his 17 targets (41 percent) came in the red zone. While that isn't much of a sample size, it's worth comparing that to Pitta's red zone target rate of 10.7 percent. Waller has the size (6-6, 245) and testing numbers, which include a 4.46 40-yard dash and 37-in vertical jump, to make him a red zone threat in the Ravens' passing attack. Given that quarterback Joe Flacco will not have major targets Steve Smith and possibly Kamar Aiken at his disposal, Waller could have some deep sleeper potential in 2017.
Waller caught a three-yard touchdown in Monday's loss to the Patriots.
Quarterback Joe Flacco showed some trust in the young tight end Monday as he went to Waller on back-to-back plays in the red zone in the third quarter, the second of which resulted in a touchdown. While Waller may have more pass-catching upside than counterpart Nick Boyle, Boyle still has the edge on him in terms of playing time thanks to his utility as a run blocker. Waller's touchdown Monday may earn him a slight uptick in snaps, but Dennis Pitta remains the Ravens' most heavily utilized tight end.
Waller caught one of two targets for 15 yards in Sunday's win over the Dolphins.
Both Waller and fellow second-year tight end Nick Boyle each saw 28 snaps and two targets Sunday while Dennis Pitta saw the most playing time among that position group. Since being added to the active roster, Waller has pulled in seven of nine targets for 60 yards. Depending on when Crockett Gillmore returns,there could be a logjam at tight end behind Dennis Pitta given that Boyle has already started to see a slight uptick in snaps since being reinstated from his suspension.
Waller was moved to the Ravens' active roster on Saturday.
Waller could see his first action of the 2016 regular season Sunday against the Redskins after serving a four-game suspension. Dennis Pitta and Crockett Gillmore figure to continue serving as the top two options in the pecking order at tight end despite Waller's return.
Waller was at practice Wednesday, Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun reports.
With Waller having served a four-game suspension to start the season, he's a candidate to be activated by the Ravens in the coming days, with fellow TE Maxx Williams dealing with a knee issue.
Waller (suspension) was forced to exit Saturday's win over the Colts to be tested for a concussion.
Waller was able to pass the concussion tests and he won't be forced to miss any practice time, though he was unable to return on Saturday. He finished the game without a single target.
Waller has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
Waller will be able to stay with the team through training camp and the preseason before serving his suspension once the season begins. In six games as a rookie last year, he recorded just two receptions for a total of 18 yards, though he did have a greater impact on special teams, where he was a gunner. He'll look to improve on his offensive numbers from last season once his suspension is complete.
Waller said he's excited to switch from wide receiver to tight end, the Ravens' official website reports.
Waller was selected in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL Draft after running a 4.46 40-yard dash at 6-foot-6, 238 pounds at the scouting combine. His rare size-speed combination may hint at long-term upside, but he probably doesn't have the short-area quickness that's needed to beat defensive backs in the NFL, which explains why the Ravens are moving him to tight end. Even if he bulks up appropriately, expectations should remain quite modest, as Waller caught just 51 passes in college and two as a rookie (six games). Furthermore, the Ravens already possess good depth at tight end, having signed Ben Watson to join Crockett Gillmore (shoulder), Maxx Williams, and possibly Dennis Pitta (hip).