College: Rice | 6 years
Height: 6'5" | Weight: 251 lbs
Birth Date: 1/15/1990
Depth Chart: TE1.1
2018 Bye Week: 6
Total Pts: 0
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 214 TE
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Detroit Lions tight end Luke Willson is listed as the starter for the season opener against the New York Jets. Willson is in his first season with the Lions after leaving the Seahawks. There are 86 targets missing since Eric Ebron wasn't re-signed, and while Willson isn't the receiver that Ebron was, he flashed potential in Seattle. Even though the Jets defense is very suspect, they did have the ninth-ranked defense against tight ends in 2017, according to Football Outsiders. If you're looking to save some salary cap space in DFS, Willson is one of the last options to consider and until we see his role in the offense, stay away.
Not one Detroit Lions player has emerged to take over the No. 1 tight end role with Week 1 approaching. Offensive coordinator Jim Bob Cooter likes the versatility of the group, but nobody has stood out so far. Luke Willson is listed as No. 1 on the depth chart and will likely have the best opportunity all season, with Michael Roberts, Levine Toilolo and Hakeem Valles fighting for time behind him. Willson had 15 catches for 153 yards and a career-high four touchdowns in his last season with Seattle in 2017. It's safe to say that you can ignore Detroit's tight end group in most fantasy leagues.
Detroit Lions tight end Luke Willson (knee) did not practice with the team on Monday afternoon. However, he was seen doing some sprints and light running on the sideline. Willson was forced to leave last Friday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with an injury and was originally listed as questionable to return. Later, the team confirmed that he suffered a knee injury and would not return. It's encouraging to see Willson at least out on the field just three days later, hinting that the knee injury was nothing serious. Willson is expected to be the team's top tight end. However, he has yet to stand out this preseason and isn't worth anything more than a low-end TE2 flier.
Detroit Lions tight Luke Willson was forced to leave Friday night's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with a knee injury; he did not return. The severity of the injury is unknown, and it is possible that Detroit kept him from returning to the game as a precautionary measure. However, Willson was not targeted when he was in the game. His camp has been quiet, and he only has one reception for three yards this preseason. Willson signed with Detroit after spending five years in Seattle, and was expected to start the year as the Lions' number one tight end; however, he has not seemed to be a big target for quarterbacks and now an injury obviously raises more questions. It is safe to say that you can avoid Willson for now until we hear more about his injury, as well as figuring out what his role in the offense may be.
Detroit Lions TE Luke Willson (knee) suffered a knee injury in the preseason game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Friday, Aug. 24, and is questionable to return.
Detroit Lions tight end Luke Willson finally finds himself as the top tight end on his team. Willson has spent the last few seasons in the shadows of Jimmy Graham in Seattle, but the former fifth-round pick has still had his fair share of success in the NFL. Spanning five seasons, he has caught 89 passes for 1,129 yards and 11 touchdowns. The 28-year-old now joins a Lions offense that has thrown for over 4,000 yards in each of the last seven seasons. They are also looking to fill 86 targets left behind after the team decided not to re-sign Eric Ebron. Willson's ability to block and catch could make him a vital part of the offense. While he is not even being drafted in most leagues, ranking as the TE29, his versatility could make him worthy of a late dart toss in 12 or 14 team leagues.
Detroit Lions tight end Hakeem Valles was listed under "other" section of the team's Week 1 preseason depth chart. He responded to that by leading all Lions tight ends with two catches for 23 yards against the Oakland Raiders. His performance gained him some time with the first-team offense during joint practices with the New York Giants this week, and he did not disappoint, scoring two touchdowns. He has also drawn praise from head coach Matt Patricia for his understanding of the position. The Lions signed Luke Willson and Levine Toilolo this offseason while returning Michael Roberts, who was the team's fourth-round pick in 2017. Valles was considered a long shot to make the roster when camp started, and now he is getting repetitions with the first team. He may not supplant Willson as the starter, but he is clearly leaving a lasting impression. Look for him to have a big role against the Giants on Friday night.