Much has been made over the addition of wide receiver Davante Adams this offseason.

But in Week 1, facing the Los Angeles Chargers, the Raiders’ key offensive weapon won’t be the star receiver. It will, in fact, be the reliable tight end, Darren Waller.

Last week, Waller returned to practice after missing most of training camp with a hamstring injury.

In the days that followed, Waller said he is itching and ready to go in Week 1. His return against an AFC West rival will give the Raiders the team’s full assortment of offensive weapons, which may make all the difference in Sunday’s matchup.

Waller presents a mismatch nightmare for the Chargers.

Through six games against the Chargers in his career, Waller has 27 catches for 321 yards and three touchdowns.

His most notable performance came on Dec. 17, 2020, when he amassed 150 yards on nine receptions and 12 targets. Waller also recorded a score in that game.

On Sunday, Waller will be able to take advantage of the middle of the Chargers’ defense, which isn’t its strong point. If the offensive line takes care of Khalil Mack and Joey Bosa, giving Derek Carr enough time to throw the ball, Waller may have a huge day.

Only time will tell.

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