Oct 1, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Darren Waller (12) runs the ball against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the second half at Heinz Field. The Ravens won the game, 23-20 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Jason Bridge-USA TODAY Sports
After a fairly hyped up offseason that saw rookie sixth rounder Darren Waller prove that he was more pro ready than initially thought, the speedy big man has been pretty quiet. Waller has only seen 4 targets through 4 games, recording a 17 yard reception last week for his only catch this season.
Waller has spent the season buried on the depth chart behind Michael Campanaro and Marlon Brown in the receiver pecking order, as well as every other pass catcher outside of Buck Allen (2 targets). But with Campanaro on injured reserve and Steve Smith missing time, his role should increase slightly.
And why wouldn’t it? The Ravens know what they have in Brown, who is mediocre depth at best. Brown has only caught slightly more than 50% of his targets so far, averaging less than 10 yards per reception (a number inflated by a 22 yard grab).
There’s really no reason not to increase Waller’s reps. At 6’6″ and 245 pounds with 4.4 speed, he’s the most physically gifted player on the roster not named Breshad Perriman. Even if he just runs some out routes and goes deep a few times, give the big man a chance to make plays.
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