Raiders head coach Jon Gruden recognized the potential of Darren Waller from the outset and predicted greatness. Waller validated Gruden’s belief in him through a fantastic start to this season, and Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock responded by giving their star tight end a contract extension Wednesday. Waller entered the season with 18 receptions
Steve has covered the Raiders in some capacity since their return to Oakland in 1995. He was the full-time beat writer from 1997-2010. for the Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News and covered more than 400 NFL games, including four Super Bowls. He also is the co-author of a recently released book titled "Al Davis: Behind the Raiders Shield."