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Tuesday in Hawkville: Luke Willson joins Seahawks’ scoring parade

Posted Dec 10, 2013

With his first NFL touchdown catch, in the Seahawks’ second loss of the season, rookie tight end Luke Willson showed why the team selected him in the fifth round of April’s NFL Draft.


A recap of the activities at Virginia Mason Athletic Center for Dec. 10, when the players had their “off” day and the coaches were putting together the game plan for Sunday’s matchup against the New York Giants:

WORD OF THE DAY: LU-U-U-UKE

As in the Seahawks’ other Willson. The one with two L’s. The rookie tight end scored his first NFL touchdown Sunday – on a pass from Russell Wilson, and a play that displayed why the Seahawks selected him in the fifth round the NFL Draft.

First, Willson read the defense to get open and take Wilson’s pass at the San Francisco 49ers’ 21-yard line. Then, he displayed the speed that first attracted the Seahawks by getting into the end zone on the 39-yard scoring play.

Heading into Sunday’s game against the New York Giants at the Meadowlands, Willson is sixth on the team with 16 receptions. But his per-catch average of 15.1 yards is third among those with more than 15 catches behind Jermaine Kearse (16.9 on 17 catches) and Doug Baldwin (16.3 on 43).

The tight end position has contributed 47 receptions and six touchdown catches – 28 and four by starter Zach Miller; three and one by No. 3 tight end Kellen Davis; and Willson’s 16 and one, making him the 14th Seahawk to score a TD this season.

“Basically, I kind of got a little read there on where to take my route,” Willson said. “I’m actually not 100 percent sure if I made the right read. But I saw a lot of green grass on the over-route. So it was just kind of play action, kind of half roll (by Wilson) and they bit pretty hard.

“I ended up being wide open and it was kind of cool.”  

YOU DON'T SAY

“If we beat (the Seahawks), it would kind of make me more disappointed. Because it would show that we can play with anyone in the league, and it would be disappointing to know that we didn't play like that kind of team all year.”

Giants leading receiver Victor Cruz

The only thing that could have made it better for the Canadian-born tight end was to get that first NFL scoring pass in a win that clinched the NFC West for the Seahawks.

“It would have been a lot nicer if we’d gotten the win, and we fully expected to come in here and win,” he said in the locker room at Candlestick Park after the game. “But we’ll rebound. We’ll be fine.”

THE MULLET MOVES ON: RYAN SEYMOUR SIGNED BY 49ERS

Offensive lineman Ryan Seymour, a seventh-round draft choice this year, was signed off the Seahawks’ practice squad by the 49ers. Seymour arrived in Seattle with long locks that he fashioned into a mullet.

The Seahawks have two players who spent time this year with the 49ers – wide receiver Ricardo Lockette and practice squad quarterback B.J. Daniels.

STATS ’N STUFF: STEVEN HAUSCHKA, MARSHAWN LYNCH MAKING THEIR POINTS

Steve Hauschka leads the NFC and is tied for second in the league in scoring with 119 points, and has missed only one kick (38 of 38 on PATs, 27 of 28 on field goals). Marshawn Lynch, meanwhile, has 12 touchdowns and is tied for third among non-kickers with 72 points.

STAT DU JOUR: DEFUSING EXPLOSIVE PLAYS

Last week, we featured the fact that the Seahawks rank among the Top 5 in the NFL in explosive plays – pass plays of 16-plus yards and run plays of 12-plus yards. Well, they’re also No. 4 in fewest explosive plays allowed, including a league-low 45 pass plays:

Explosive plays allowed
Team Pass Run Total
Browns 52 19 71
Bengals 55 17 72
49ers 53 20 73
Seahawks 45 29 74
Panthers 55 21 76

Lynch also is fifth in the NFL in rushing yards (1,042), 11th in total yards (1,276) and seventh in first downs (63); while Hauschka is fifth in touchbacks (42).

Russell Wilson is fifth in passer rating (106.5), sixth in third-down passer rating (97.6) and seventh in completion percentage (.645).

Golden Tate is sixth in punt-return average (12.0).

The All-Pro duo of cornerback Richard Sherman and free safety Earl Thomas are tied for fifth in interceptions (four), but Sherman has gone five games and Thomas six without a pick.

The Seahawks’ defense remains No. 1 in the league in average yards (287.1) and passing yards (175.6) allowed, and is No. 14 against the run (111.5). On offense, the Seahawks are No. 3 in average rushing yards (141.5), No. 12 in average yards (356.6) and No. 21 in passing yards (215.1). They’re also tied for third in turnover differential (plus-12), tied for second in takeaways (28), tied for third interceptions (17) and third in fumbles recovered (11).

UP NEXT: “COMPETITION WEDNESDAY”

The players return from their “off” day to begin preparing for the Giants on “Competition Wednesday.” This is the Seahawks’ final road game, so it’s also their last chance to set a franchise record for road victories. They are tied with the 1984 and 2005 teams with five road wins.

Game Rewind: Seattle Seahawks