Raiders QB Derek Carr: Darren Waller one of best players and humans in NFL



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Raiders QB Derek Carr: Darren Waller one of best players and humans in NFL

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was full of praise for tight end Darren Waller following a Monday Night Football win over the New Orleans Saints. The Raiders, who relocated from Oakland to Las Vegas this offseason, impressed in their first home at the newly built Allegiant Stadium, stunning the Saints 34-24.

Waller caught 12 passes from Carr -- one pass short of his career-high -- as he finished the game with 102 yards and a touchdown. "I think he did an exceptional job," Carr said, per the team's website. "Like I told Lisa Salters and everybody in the production meeting, whoever watches this game gets to see everything about Darren Waller that we know of him to be.

He's not only one of the best players in the NFL, but he's one of the best humans in the NFL. I love that man; he's a great guy, great player and I'm glad to be his quarterback. I'm honored."

Waller also enjoys working with Carr

Waller, who recently opened up about battling alcohol and drugs abuse earlier in his career, enjoyed an outstanding season last year.

"Just in Bible study environments, me being open about things that I was going through and him welcoming me and not judging me in anyway," Waller said about getting to know Carr. "From there it was a thing where I didn't want to let him down and wanted to be there for him because I know he was there for me, and he's been there for me ever since.

Once that was there, it's kind of easy to translate it over to the field. We just put the work in." Waller has now made a strong to the new season as he is aiming to continue his rise in the NFL. "Our offensive balance right now is amazing," Waller said.

"We could see it coming from training camp and once we first got together as a team and started doing stuff, you could tell there's a lot of guys that deserve to have opportunities to get the rock because they're going to make things happen.

I'm just thankful that I can be apart of that group and a part of that balance, someone they can count on to make plays whenever I'm called upon. Whatever (my) numbers look like, that's cool with me, but as long as our balance is there and we keep attacking and keep the defense on their heels, that's all I want."