The feel good story that is Darren Waller continues to get better. Waller became the second tight end in Raiders history to surpass 1,000 yards receiving in a single season. His 8 catch, 122-yard performance puts him at 1,001 yards on the season.
Waller is having an All-Pro caliber season. Among all tight ends, he ranks second in yards (1,001) and third in receptions (80). At only 27 years of age, the Raiders were wise to lock him up through the 2023 season.
Now, if they could only get some wide receivers to compliment him.
The first year corner continues to get better and better each game. Daryl Worley was inactive, so Mullen was relied on to be the top corner; He did not disappoint. Mullen was all over the field making plays and racked up seven tackles and three pass deflections. One thing I like about Mullen is his willingness to stick his nose in there in run support.
Mullen has the tendency to get a little handsy in coverage. He did get penalized for defensive pass interference again, but his technique will get better over time.
It looks as if the Raiders finally found a corner with shutdown capabilities.
Hear me out on this one. We have heard Gruden for weeks now defend his fourth overall pick. Many of you may not want to hear this, but many of the things Ferrell does are not things that show up in a box score.
Ferrell posted an elite 90.8 overall grade against the Jaguars according to Pro Football Focus, and his 84.8 grade since Week 12 places No. 5 among all edge defenders.
For example, there were multiple plays against the Jaguars where he didn’t make a tackle or a sack but a teammate did because of the edge that he set or the pressure he applied. Yes, we all want to see a premium pick like Ferrell have instant production especially when it comes to sacking the quarterback. But I believe that will come in time.
From an analytics stand point Ferrell has been checking all the boxes.
Clelin Ferrell's ELITE 90.8 overall grade yesterday led all #Raiders over his 23 snaps!— PFF OAK Raiders (@PFF_Raiders) December 16, 2019
The last 4 weeks have been his 4 highest graded games
Since Week 12, his 84.8 overall grade is 5th among all EDGE defenders #RaiderNation pic.twitter.com/7A3Bg3PvHX
Not everyone buys into the analytics hype, but team executives and scouts put value in them, so we as fans should as well.