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Lions' Luke Willson: Watches practice from sideline
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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Lions' Luke Willson: Gets $1.4 million guaranteed
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Willson's one-year contract with the Lions is comprised of a $1.5 million base salary, $900,000 signing bonus and $100,000 workout bonus, Justin Rogers of The Detroit News reports.

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.

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Luke Willson: Signs on with Detroit
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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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Luke Willson: Visiting Lions
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Willson visited the Jaguars on Friday and is scheduled to meet with the Lions on Saturday, Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times reports.

It comes as no surprise that the first visit didn't lead to a contract, as the Jaguars no longer have a need at tight end after signing both Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Niles Paul. The Lions, on the other hand, badly need a veteran presence at the position, having already parted ways with Eric Ebron and Darren Fells, their top two tight ends from last season. Willson profiles best as a No. 2 option, after catching between 15 and 22 passes each of his five seasons in Seattle. He at least was efficient with his limited work, hauling in 89 of 136 targets (65.4 percent) for 1,129 yards (8.3 YPT) and 11 touchdowns in 72 games. A desperate team might look at those numbers and take a gamble on Wilson as its No. 1 tight end.

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Seahawks' Luke Willson: Finishes 2017 with 15 catches
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Willson had just 15 catches for 153 yards and four touchdowns in 16 games in 2017.

Willson had one of the worst statistical seasons of his career in 2017, tying his career-low of 15 catches and putting up the second fewest yards of his career. He's struggled to get many targets ever since the Seahawks acquired Jimmy Graham in 2015. Willson could see his usage increase in 2018 if Graham leaves Seattle in free agency.

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2014Seattle Seahawks15102236216.58037114
2015Seattle Seahawks1471721312.52413011
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2017Seattle Seahawks1633.000000.0000
2018Detroit Lions200.000000.0000
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