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Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback Malik Willis had a strong debut Thursday towards the Baltimore Ravens, and he drew rave opinions on Twitter due to a handful of performs that showcased his athletic prowess.
The 23-year-old completed the primary half having accomplished 6-of-11 passes for 107 yards, along with dashing for 21 yards and a landing on 4 carries.
Willis bought out to a tough begin within the passing sport, however started to choose issues up late within the first quarter and early within the second quarter. The 2022 third-round decide’s efficiency was highlighted by a 7-yard landing run with 14:18 remaining within the second quarter.
Kyle Youmans @Kyle_Youmans
Malik Willis is a DUDE. Fell method too far within the draft. to see how his profession blossoms. https://t.co/xvqkVyLiXh
However the highlight-reel performs did not cease there.
Willis’ passing efficiency was significantly better within the second quarter as he started to settle in. He was lauded for his “cannon” of an arm after finishing a 48-yard go to Racey McMath after which finishing a Patrick Mahomes-esque sidearm go shortly after.
Luke Sawhook 🪚🪝 @lukesawhook
MALIK WILLIS HAS A CANNON 🚀
Cameron Wolfe @CameronWolfe
Watching Titans-Ravens on NFL+ tonight to see Malik Willis. Doubtless received’t play a lot in 2022 common season, however looks like ultimately (2023?) he’ll be Titans QB1. Thrilling athleticism, run capability, instincts, arm energy + loads of untapped potential desirous to be developed.
Michael F. Florio @MichaelFFlorio
For this reason many had been excited for Malik Willis in draft season
The fantasy upside may be very excessive – assume like a Jalen Hurts 2.0. He’s uncooked, however all of the instruments are there pic.twitter.com/YISulgHfsY
The vast majority of issues early within the sport highlighted how “uncooked” Willis seemed in Tennessee’s first few collection. He struggled to finish passes and the Titans seemed to be defending him in his debut.
Howie The Titan @howie_thetitan
The @Titans are actually defending Malik Willis with the sport calls. Run, Run, go. There was a go on one carried out outdoors of third down and you bought to see Willis’s legs for only a 3 yard achieve. It’s apparent they need a straightforward debut for Malik.
In the end, followers anticipated Willis to be fairly uncooked in his rookie season. Nonetheless, he confirmed flashes of his potential on Thursday night time, which has followers excited for his future within the NFL.
Dominic Woods @domiwoods11
I do know it’s preseason however Malik Willis is exhibiting some indicators of what he may very well be if he learns the NFL sport #TENvsBAL
The Titans’ subsequent preseason sport is on Aug. 20 towards the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. If Willis places collectively one other spectacular efficiency, followers will solely proceed to hype up his NFL potential.