Darren Waller optimistic about his Giants injury return

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Darren Waller, the tight end, was not involved in Wednesday’s walk-through practice, as he is still on injured reserve due to a strained hamstring.

Although Coach Brian Daboll did not express much optimism about Waller’s return this week, Waller himself remains positive.

Waller expressed, “I’m just waiting for the word. It’s just a matter of them opening up the window and I’ll be at practice. Whenever that is, I’ll be out there.”

Waller has been absent from the past five games since the Week 8 overtime defeat to the Jets.

Despite this, his 26 receptions are the second most on the team (after Wan’Dale Robinson’s 42), and his 384 receiving yards are second only to Darius Slayton’s 449 yards.

Darren Waller has scored one touchdown in his inaugural season with the Giants after being traded by the Raiders.

Daboll commented on Waller’s situation, stating, “Making progress. Getting closer. We’ll see where we’re at here.”Waller’s return would provide a boost to the offense, even though he may not be able to immediately resume full usage.

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Darren Waller hopes his Giants comeback can begin soon. Robert Sabo
Darren Waller hopes his Giants comeback can begin soon. Robert Sabo

“Definitely what I want to do and what I’ve been accustomed to is around 70-80 snaps per game, so for the first week, probably not that,” Waller mentioned. “But as far as a number that’s solid, that can contribute in whatever way the team needs me to contribute but also be fresh, assuming that’s realistic, I plan on contributing if given the opportunity.”

The tale of Tommy DeVito from Jersey has made waves across the National Football League, as DeVito was honored as the NFC Offensive Player of the Week after leading the Giants to a remarkable 24-22 comeback victory against the Packers on “Monday Night Football.’’

DeVito clinched his third consecutive start, delivering an impressive performance by completing 17 of 21 passes for 158 yards and securing one touchdown pass to Isaiah Hodgins.

“Definitely what I want to do and what I’ve been used to doing is like 70-80 snaps a game so to come out the first week, probably not that,’’ Waller said. “But as far as a number that’s solid, that can contribute in whatever way the team needs me to contribute but also be fresh, assuming that’s realistic, I plan on contributing if given the opportunity.’’

The Jersey tale Tommy DeVito is fashioning has reverberated around the National Football League, as DeVito was named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week after directing the Giants to a comeback 24-22 victory over the Packers on “Monday Night Football.’’

DeVito won his third consecutive start and did it spectacularly, completing 17 of 21 passes for 158 yards and one touchdown pass to Isaiah Hodgins.

 Giants quarterback Tommy DeVito (15) puts one finger up as he comes off the field at the end of the fourth quarter

DeVito completed 10 of 11 passes in the second half.

The Giants trailed 22-21 with 1:33 remaining and DeVito went 4-for-4 on a 57-yard drive, highlighted by a 32-yard hookup to Robinson to set up Randy Bullock’s game-winning field goal.

DeVito became the second undrafted rookie in the common-draft era [since 1967] to complete 80 percent of his passes (minimum 15 attempts) in a game.

DeVito, the pride of Cedar Grove, N.J., also ran 10 times for 71 yards in the game.

He has not thrown an interception in 87 consecutive pass attempts.

He is the first Giants rookie quarterback to win three consecutive starts since Phil Simms won four straight starts in 1979.

The Giants held a walk-through and every player on the active roster participated in some capacity.

That meant RT Evan Neal got some work on the field for the first time since spraining his left ankle in the Week 9 loss in Las Vegas.

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Neal has missed the past four games, replaced in the starting lineup by Tyre Phillips.

The other players limited in the walk-through were CB Cor’Dale Flott (shoulder), DL Dexter Lawrence (hamstring), LB Azeez Ojulari (shoulder) and DL A’Shawn Robinson (hamstring/finger).

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