Darren Waller has not had a very fun start to his tenure with the New York Giants. After being acquired during the offseason via a trade with the Las Vegas Raiders, Waller was expected to be the missing piece to bring the entire Giants’ offense together. He was expected to become Daniel Jones’ favorite security blanket target and get back to putting up the numbers that made him a top NFL tight end just a couple of short years ago.
Unfortunately, the Giants have been an absolute mess so far this season. They most recently lost to the New York Jets in Week 8 in one of the ugliest games of the year. That game ended up being a 13-10 overtime loss to drop the Giants to just 2-6 on the season.
New York has found themselves in a brutal situation entering Week 9. Not only are they in a bad spot for the rest of this season, they are also fresh off of giving Jones a massive contract extension. They are stuck with him for the foreseeable future.
Speaking of Waller, there has been some brutal news regarding his hamstring injury. A sports doctor named Jesse Morse shared more details on his injury on Twitter, predicting that he would miss at least the next two weeks.
Darren Waller #NYGiants
Pre-season hamstring strain: Left (proximal)
Week 8 hamstring strain: Right (distal)
Not good, as this means he now has a history of strains on both hamstrings within the past 3 months.
I expect him to miss at least 2 weeks.
— Jesse Morse, MD (@DrJesseMorse) October 30, 2023
How Does The Darren Waller Injury News Impact The Giants?
Now, let’s dive into exactly how this injury will impact the Giants. It can’t get much worse for the franchise than it has been so far this season, right?
Waller has played in eight games for the Giants this season. He had a preseason hamstring issue as well, but has battled through to not miss a game.
In those appearances, Waller has been very solid considering the Giants’ all-around offensive struggles. He has caught 36 passes for 384 yards and a touchdown. There is no question that he has been the most consistent target for New York this season.
At this point in the season, Waller is clearly the Giants’ leading receiver. The next closest receiver when it comes to yardage, is Darius Slayton with just 257 yards. Waller has the receiving yardage lead by over 100 yards.
How will this injury impact the Giants? Quite simply, it will make them much worse in the passing game. That’s hard to believe considering New York totaled negative nine passing yards against the Jets this week.
Nothing has gone right for New York this season and it appears that trend will continue Hopefully, Darren Waller can recover quickly and get back on the field without missing much time. If he does miss a few weeks and the Giants don’t figure out how to turn things around immediately, it might be time to shut down the veterans anyway and prepare for the 2024 NFL Draft.