Luke Willson viable option for Seahawks if Jimmy Graham is inactive

Jimmy Graham remains a game-time decision for the Seattle Seahawks Week 3 clash with the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, listed as questionable on the injury report.

Graham was part of a blockbuster trade in the 2015 offseason the Seahawks shipped longtime center Max Unger and a first-round pick to the New Orleans Saints.

Graham has had some big games for the Seahawks but has also been inconsistent at times, both in performance and health. In his Seahawks’ career, he has played in 29 regular season games and racked up eight touchdowns, six of which came in the 2016 season.

In his first year with the Seahawks, Graham tore his patellar tendon and missed the final five games of the regular season and all of the playoffs.

Seattle drafted tight end Luke Willson in 2013 out of Rice and re-signed him to a one-year deal this summer. At 6-foot-5, 252-pounds, he has provided a definitive upgrade in run blocking situations to his counterpart, Graham.

Wilson, however, has proved he can be an asset in pass-catching situations as well. In his career, Willson has logged 77 receptions for 1001 yards and seven touchdowns.

During training camp, coach Pete Carroll stressed the importance of resigning Willson and his role in the team.

“I love that we got Luke back,” Carroll said. “He is such a great team member for us. He is really good at doing everything and he knows our offense exceedingly well. He can be the move guy, the Y, he can split out, he can do all of those things. You can see him, he has really been active the last few days. But with all that, we love the way he plays, but he is a better teammate.”

There is no doubting that Graham is incredibly athletic and brings a quality that few in the league possess at that size, however, Willson is a well-rounded player who can contribute both in the run and passing game, should Graham be inactive for Week 3.

Seahawks take on the Titans at 1:05 p.m. PT on Sunday in Nashville, Tenn.

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