Luke Willson
Luke Willson
29-Year-Old Tight EndTE
Seattle Seahawks
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 contract with the Seahawks in September of 2019.
Increased duties on tap
TESeattle Seahawks
October 16, 2019
Willson is in line to take over as the Seahawks' No. 1 tight end in Sunday's game against the Ravens after Will Dissly (Achilles) was officially ruled out for the season, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
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Dissly suffered his second season-ending injury in as many years in the Week 6 win over the Browns. After Dissly exited the contest early, Willson played a season-high 56 offensive snaps and caught two of three targets for 16 yards. With a full week of starter's reps on tap, Willson could see his role expand a bit more versus Baltimore, though his prior production suggests he won't see nearly as much involvement as Dissly did. Willson's best statistical season came all the way back in 2014, when he caught 22 passes for 362 yards and three scores in 15 games with Seattle.
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How do Luke Willson's 2019 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
14.3
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.37
 
% Team Air Yards
2.6%
 
% Team Targets
3.3%
 
Avg Depth of Target
7.2 Yds
 
Catch Rate
83.3%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
3.0
 
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How often does Luke Willson run a route when on the field for a pass play?
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26 routes   6 targets
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104 routes   27 targets
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
How does the Ravens pass defense compare to other NFL teams this season?
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Sunday, Oct 20th at 4:25PM
Overall QB Rating Against
58.6
 
Cornerbacks
58.1
 
Safeties
26.5
 
Linebackers
112.8
 
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2019 Luke Willson Split Stats
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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
2018
2017
2016
2015
2014
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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Two catches in win
TESeattle Seahawks
October 14, 2019
Willson caught two of three targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 32-28 win over the Browns.
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Snags two passes in season debut
TESeattle Seahawks
September 30, 2019
Willson caught both of his targets for 26 yards in Sunday's 27-10 win over the Cardinals.
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Returns to Seattle
TESeattle Seahawks
September 25, 2019
Willson signed a contract with the Seahawks on Wednesday, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports.
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Parts ways with Oakland
TEFree Agent
August 30, 2019
The Raiders released Willson on Friday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
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Impressing as pass catcher
TEOakland Raiders
June 6, 2019
Willson has impressed as a receiver in spring workouts, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports.
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