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‘Hard Knocks’ star Luke Willson cut by Raiders

Jesse Reed
Luke Willson
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Tight end Luke Willson was heavily featured on HBO’s “Hard Knocks” this summer, but after a rough go of it the past couple of weeks he has been cut.

Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reported that the Oakland Raiders are releasing Willson on Friday:

Willson appeared in three preseason games for Oakland this summer. He struggled to make a consistent, positive impact, catching just two passes for 10 yards.

Oakland has a competitive tight end room. Given the emergence of Darren Waller as the definitive starter, and some other young guys stepping up, there just wasn’t enough room for the 29-year-old veteran.