Today, the National Football League decided to reinstate Ravens tight end Darren Waller after a one-year suspension. Waller was suspended last June after violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drugs policy. Waller was drafted by the Ravens in 2015, as a sixth-round pick. It was not the first time Waller was suspended since he joined the league. The 25-year-old tight end was suspended for four games in 2016 for the same offense. Waller returned to the Ravens training camp on Monday but did not take the field yet. To make room on the 90 man roster, the Baltimore Ravens cut undrafted rookie wide receiver, Jaelon Acklin.
Waller, once on solid ground in the tight ends group, is now unlikely to make the team. The Baltimore Ravens currently have a surplus of tight ends. The field is crowded, as first and third round picks Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews look to be the number one and two tight ends respectively. The Ravens also like what Nick Boyle adds to the offense, especially as a blocker. Should all three of those players make the roster, which is more than likely, it will probably result in the loss of Waller. For Waller to have a chance at making the roster, he would need to prove himself this training camp, and play better than Maxx Williams, Vince Mayle, and Nick Keizer.
There is no question that Darren Waller is talented. Waller stands at 6’6″, 255 lbs, and has a talent for receptions. In his 18 games played, he caught 12 passes for 103 yards. Despite this, Waller has remained a liability for the Baltimore Ravens, as the team can never seem to count on him to be available on Sundays. One has to doubt his ability to make the roster this year, but Waller has the chance to make another by having a strong preseason. Waller will need to play very well in order to ensure he remains in the NFL next year because the Ravens will likely move on from him.