Detroit Lions tight end Luke Willson doesn’t know his future with the team—he becomes a free agent in just over a month—but he feels pretty strongly about the direction of the franchise.
A few weeks ago the Lions hired Darrell Bevell as their next offensive coordinator. Bevell comes to Detroit after taking a year off following a seven-year stint as the offensive coordinator for the Seattle Seahawks. During those seven years, Willson was a Seahawk for five of them, and he’s a big fan of Bevell.
“He’s the man,” Willson said according to the Detroit Free Press. “I think the world of the guy. I’m not just saying that because he’s the new OC.”
In his time with the Seahawks, Willson had a variety of roles. He played H-back, he played primary tight end, he played blocking tight end. His best statistical season came in 2014, when he pulled in 22 catches for 362 yard sand three touchdowns.
“He’s very committed to his players,” Willson said. “He will make sure everybody’s prepared. He works very hard. Like, very hard. A long-hour guy. He communicates well.”
Overall, Willson called Bevell “a great, great hire” making Willson the first Lions player to endorse the decision made by Matt Patricia.
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Go behind-the-scenes of Slay's #ProBowl experience. pic.twitter.com/AsdjsaucKP
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