New Giants TE Darren Waller intends to quell ‘legitimate concerns’ about his durability

Darren Waller knows what this Giants trade comes down to: he has to stay healthy.

“Growth starts with being available as much as possible for the team,” the Giants’ new tight end said Wednesday at the team facility.

Waller has had a whirlwind week.

He got back from a tropical honeymoon on Monday, received a call from Raiders GM Dave Ziegler that he’d been traded on Tuesday, and arrived in East Rutherford, N.J., on Wednesday.

“I did not see this coming,” he said.

He passed his physical exam, a source said, making the trade from Vegas official.

“Yeah, nobody came and got me and kicked me out of the building yet, so I feel like I’m good,” Waller said with a smile when asked if he was all clear.

He knew that was a valid question, though, because it’s the big question surrounding the Giants’ shiniest new acquisition this week:

Can Waller, who missed 14 of the Raiders’ 34 games the past two seasons, stay on the field enough to help Daniel Jones take Brian Daboll’s offense to new heights?

“I believe wholeheartedly in myself, and I believe through action and consistent performance, Giants fans will believe, as well,” Waller said on Zoom. “They can have questions at this moment about my health. Those are legitimate concerns. But … I’m willing to be the best I can be, to be a weapon for this team …. to get to the next level it wants to go to.”

That all sounds great. Waller’s plan to stay more durable, however, was curious.

It sounds like he thinks that putting less stress on his body in the offseason is now the key, even though the way he became one of the NFL’s best receiving tight ends was by working harder than ever.

“I’m feeling great right now,” he said. “The biggest adjustment …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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