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Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback Malik Willis had a good debut Thursday contrary to the Baltimore Ravens, and he drew rave reviews on Twitter because of a small number of plays that showcased his athletic prowess.
The 23-year-old finished the initial half having completed 6-of-11 passes for 107 yards, along with rushing for 21 yards and a touchdown on four carries.
Willis got out to a rough begin in the passing game, but begun to pick things up late in the initial quarter and early in the next quarter. The 2022 third-round pick’s performance was highlighted by way of a 7-yard touchdown run with 14: 18 remaining in the next quarter.
Kyle Youmans @Kyle_Youmans
Malik Willis is really a DUDE. Fell much too far in the draft. Interested to observe how his career blossoms. https://t.co/xvqkVyLiXh
However the highlight-reel plays didn’t stop there.
Willis’ passing performance was far better in the next quarter as he begun to settle in. He was lauded for his “cannon” of an arm after completing a 48-yard pass to Racey McMath and completing a Patrick Mahomes-esque sidearm pass soon after.
Luke Sawhook @lukesawhook
MALIK WILLIS INCLUDES A CANNON
Cameron Wolfe @CameronWolfe
Watching Titans-Ravens on NFL+ tonight to see Malik Willis. Likely wont play much in 2022 regular season, but feels as though eventually (2023?) hell be Titans QB1. Exciting athleticism, run ability, instincts, arm strength + a lot of untapped potential wanting to be developed.
Michael F. Florio @MichaelFFlorio
For this reason many were excited for Malik Willis in draft season
The fantasy upside is quite high – think just like a Jalen Hurts 2.0. Hes raw, but all of the tools is there pic.twitter.com/YISulgHfsY
Nearly all concerns early in the overall game highlighted how “raw” Willis looked in Tennessee’s first few series. He struggled to perform passes and the Titans were protecting him in his debut.
Howie The Titan @howie_thetitan
The @Titans are actually protecting Malik Willis with the overall game calls. Run, Run, pass. There is a spread one done beyond 3rd down and you also surely got to see Williss legs for a 3 yard gain. Its obvious they need a straightforward debut for Malik.
Ultimately, fans expected Willis to be quite raw in his rookie season. However, he showed flashes of his potential on Thursday night, which includes fans excited for his future in the NFL.
Dominic Woods @domiwoods11
I understand its preseason but Malik Willis is showing some signs of what he could possibly be if he learns the NFL game #TENvsBAL
The Titans’ next preseason game is on Aug. 20 contrary to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If Willis puts together another impressive performance, fans is only going to continue steadily to hype up his NFL potential.