Luke Willson
Luke Willson
29-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Oakland Raiders
Questionable
Injury Concussion
2019 Fantasy Outlook
A disappointing one-year effort for Willson in Detroit included just 13 catches on 19 targets for 87 yards in 14 games, which came on the heels of a more respectable five-year stint with the Seahawks. While Willson now joins Darren Waller, Derek Carrier and rookie Foster Moreau at tight end in Oakland, the Raiders appear to be deploying a committee approach as they attempt to replace Jared Cook's volume. Willson's experience alone could give him the edge in a race to become the Week 1 starter, but Waller and Moreau each have enough athleticism to push for playing time early and often. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the Raiders in March of 2019.
Inks deal with Raiders
TEOakland Raiders
Concussion
March 29, 2019
Willson (concussion) signed a one-year contract with the Raiders on Friday, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports.
ANALYSIS
With Jared Cook leaving for New Orleans, the Raiders will bring in Willson to reinforce their tight end corps. Willson was serviceable for the Seahawks with 11 touchdowns in five seasons, but he had just 13 catches for 87 yards and zero scores for the Lions in 2018. He'll battle veteran Lee Smith for the No. 1 role in Oakland, but fantasy owners shouldn't be picking up either player anytime soon.
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How do Luke Willson's 2018 advanced stats compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
4.4
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.14
 
% Team Air Yards
1.6%
 
% Team Targets
3.4%
 
Avg Depth of Target
3.2 Yds
 
Catch Rate
68.4%
 
Drop Rate
10.5%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
4.8
 
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How often does Luke Willson run a route when on the field for a pass play?
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Luke Willson
194 routes   19 targets
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84%
30 routes   6 targets
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51 routes   10 targets
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92 routes   11 targets
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Luke Willson's measurables compare to other tight ends?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* All metrics are from his Pro Day (not the combine).
Height
6' 5"
 
Weight
251 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.51 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.29 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.08 sec
 
Vertical Jump
38.0 in
 
Broad Jump
122 in
 
Bench Press
23 reps
 
Hand Length
9.38 in
 
Arm Length
32.25 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The Eric Ebron Scissorhands Tour has moved on to Indianapolis, so Detroit fans can look forward to Willson getting a shot this fall. Willson's claim to fame to this point is having two Ls in his last name, and not being the brother of Frat Pack funnyman Owen Wilson. The Seahawks liked to use the occasional element of surprise with Willson, funneling 11 touchdowns to him on a modest 89 catches. Of course, it took five years to get to that point, so let's not get drunk on upside dreams. Willson's best yardage season was 362; his best touchdown count was last year's four. If he exceeds those numbers, the Lions will be doing cartwheels down Woodward Avenue.
Willson will continue as second-fiddle to Jimmy Graham after the tight end signed a one-year extension with the Seahawks in March. Last season, Willson managed 15 receptions for 129 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games. While he doesn't receive a ton of offensive reps, he could be flung into the starting lineup at any moment given Jimmy Graham's injury-prone history with the team.
With the addition of Jimmy Graham, Willson saw his numbers fall across the board in 2015. However, Seattle’s high-profile tight end acquisition in 2016, the selection of Nick Vannett in the third round, likely won’t have the same effect, as Vannett projects as more of a blocking specialist. The thing is, Graham’s 2015 stat line likely represents his own statistical floor, leaving Willson without much room for improvement in 2016. Barring a setback in Graham’s return from a patellar injury, Willson will likely play second fiddle to Graham in the passing game and will only be worth consideration in the deepest of fantasy leagues.
Willson, who has sufficient speed to beat linebackers up the seam, showed enough upside last year to warrant a bigger role in the passing game, finishing the campaign with 22 catches for 362 yards and three touchdowns. However, his fantasy value took a hit when the team traded for Jimmy Graham in March. An expanded role now looks unlikely unless Graham goes down. He'll be used in two-TE sets and can split wide as well, but how many opportunities he gets remains to be seen.
Willson had a decent rookie season, showing he likely could be a steady target in the passing game if he had the opportunity. He probably won't get that opportunity with the Seahawks, though. Zach Miller is the starter, and the team doesn't throw to its tight ends much anyway (Miller's team-leading 56 targets ranked 26th among tight ends). But Anthony McCoy, who missed all last season with an injury, suffered another season-ending injury early in camp, eliminating any competition Willson had for the backup job. Improved blocking will help Willson get on the field more, but even then his receiving numbers won't climb much.
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Disappointing in Detroit
TEDetroit Lions
Concussion
January 11, 2019
Willson (concussion) caught 13 passes for 87 yards and no touchdowns over 14 games for the Lions in 2018.
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Unavailable for season finale
TEDetroit Lions
Concussion
December 28, 2018
Willson (concussion) is ruled out for Sunday's game against the Packers, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.
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No practice Wednesday
TEDetroit Lions
Concussion
December 26, 2018
Willson (concussion) did not participate in Wednesday's practice.
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Under evaluation for head injury
TEDetroit Lions
Concussion
December 23, 2018
Willson exited late in the first half of Sunday's game against the Vikings to be evaluated for a concussion, Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press reports.
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No looks in passing game
TEDetroit Lions
December 19, 2018
Willson logged 24 offensive snaps during Sunday's 14-13 loss to the Bills but didn't draw a target.
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