Seattle Seahawks rookie tight end Luke Willson is currently No. 1 on the unofficial depth chart with Zach Miller still out with a foot injury. Even though Miller is expected back in late-August, the Seahawks will still need Willson to step up his game, as the offense will use two tight ends throughout the season. How has Willson held up in camp with the pressure on?
“Luke got started a little slow and then he got going and got his feet under him with his blocking — caught the ball when he had his chances,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said, according to the Washington Post. “McGrath did a really nice job. I thought Sean played really consistent ball on the edges and blocking and all, something I was anxious to see. He’s a little stronger than he was last season and a little more physical so he kind of showed up.”
Sean McGrath, who is in his second year in the NFL, is the only active tight end with any playing experience during the regular season. Anthony McCoy, who was expected to be Miller’s backup in 2013, is done for the season after tearing his Achilles. That means it is up to Willson and McGrath to carry the load until Miller gets back. The good news is both players are getting plenty of time with the first-team offense to be better prepared for the regular season.
“Getting live reps you can kind of learn from your own mistakes,” Willson said, according to the Washington Post. “It’s one thing to be able to learn it on your iPad or on the chalk board but it’s another thing to do it live, have guys moving around, see the blitzes and the coverages and all the little details. You can talk about (it) but until you actually experience it, it’s just a whole different world. It’s been great for development.”