Willson played 34 of 62 offensive snaps (55 percent) and wasn't targeted in Sunday's 31-23 win over the Packers.
Matthew Stafford attempted 26 passes Sunday with none of them directed at his starting tight end. Willson has just four receptions for 29 yards on seven targets this season, and has yet to be looked at in the red zone. Continue to avoid Willson in all fantasy formats.
Willson caught one of two targets for six yards during Sunday's 26-24 loss to the Cowboys.
Willson could have made a bigger statistical impact had quarterback Matthew Stafford not overthrown him on a third-down play at one point. While the tight end still made a significant impact on the game with his effective blocking performance, Willson continues to give fantasy owners no reason to place any amount of faith in him whatsoever -- especially since he hasn't received a single red-zone target through four games.
Willson (knee) came out on the field for Monday's practice, but he wasn't wearing any pads, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.
Although he didn't participate, Willson's presence on the sideline suggests his knee injury isn't too serious. He's expected to handle the starting job at what might be Detroit's weakest position.
With the signing bonus and one-third of the base salary guaranteed, this contract structure ensures Willson of a spot on the 53-man roster. He also has a nice opportunity to win the No. 1 job at tight end, after the Lions surprisingly opted against bringing in any competition during the 2018 NFL Draft. The team lost Eric Ebron and Darren Fells during the offseason, and blocking specialist Levine Toilolo was signed to a one-year, $1.5 million contract with only $400,000 guaranteed, per OverTheCap. Willson and 2017 fourth-round pick Michael Roberts figure to compete for a role as Detroit's top pass-catching tight end.
Willson agreed Wednesday with the Lions on a one-year contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
The Lions needed some veteran help at tight end after releasing Eric Ebron and losing Darren Fells in free agency last week. The position should remain a priority during the upcoming draft, but it does seem Willson found a destination where he'll at least have a shot at the No. 1 tight-end gig. His current competition consists of 2017 fourth-round pick Michael Roberts and undrafted players Hakeem Valles and Brandon Barnes. A 2013 fifth-round selection, Willson only had 89 catches in 72 regular-season games during his tenure with the Seahawks, but he did manage 12.7 yards per catch and 8.3 per target, with 11 of his receptions (12.4 percent) going for touchdowns.
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