The only news we’ve heard about the Raiders tight end position this offseason was letting leading receiver Jared Cook walk as a free agent. His departure left the team with Lee Smith and Darren Waller as the top two tight ends. They combined last season for 148 yards, so help is needed.
In a free agent class lacking in top tight end talent (aside from Cook), the Raiders hadn’t dabbled in it yet. Today, they are hosting free agent tight end Luke Willson (not the actor) according to Adam Caplan.
Willson isn’t a great receiving threat either. He had just 87 yards receiving for the Lions last season.
What he has is familiarity with Tom Cable, having played the first five seasons of the career in Seattle while Cable was the offensive line coach there. And since tight end is an extension of the Oline, that familiarity could be important.
The last two free agents to be reported as paying the Raiders a visit, both signed. We’ll see if Willson will do the same.