Why Darren Waller ranked as David Carr's No. 14 offensive player in NFL

Dalton Johnson
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Waller ranked as David Carr's No. 14 offensive player in NFL originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

Darren Waller quickly became Raiders quarterback Derek Carr's top target last year, and the QB's brother, David, believes the tight end could be in for an even bigger season this year. 

David Carr, the former No. 1 overall NFL draft pick and current NFL Media analyst, ranks Waller as his 14th-best offensive player in the NFL heading into the upcoming season. He has him behind just George Kittle and Travis Kelce as the top tight ends in football. 

"His size (6-foot-6, 255 pounds) and speed combined with further development in Jon Gruden's offense should make Waller a force once again in 2020," Carr wrote on Waller. "With the Raiders adding speedster Henry Ruggs III in the draft but losing Tyrell Williams (shoulder) for the year, Waller could see his production increase as a key player in the offense."

That certainly could be true. Waller, 27, led the Raiders in targets, receptions and receiving yards by a long shot in 2019. He finished the season with 90 receptions for 1,145 receiving yards -- 71.6 yards per game -- and three touchdowns.

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The Raiders did add receivers Ruggs and Bryan Edwards in the draft, which could hurt Waller's targets, but there's no reason to believe the tight end won't be Derek Carr's top target once again in 2020. Waller finished second to just Kelce in receiving yards by a tight end, and was 15th overall when adding receivers to the leaderboard.

David Carr might have some bias, and some inside scoops from his brother, but there are plenty of reasons to believe Waller's season last year was far from a one-hit-wonder.