Titans Rumors: Malik Willis 'Looked the Part in a Major Way' amid Tannehill Comments

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVMay 15, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - MARCH 03: Malik Willis #QB16 of Liberty throws during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 03, 2022 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)
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The Malik Willis hype is already building in Tennessee.

"I've talked to some teams who believe that they will have a package somewhere down the line for him in actual game action, even though he's largely considered a project, needs some time, but he can have some goal-line work as a way for the Titans to use his running game. I'm told he had a really big day yesterday, looked the part in a major way in their day two of minicamp," ESPN's Jeremy Fowler said Sunday on SportsCenter

The Titans drafted Willis in the third round of the 2022 NFL draft after he surprisingly slipped into Day 2.

While Willis' combination of speed and arm strength garnered comparisons to Josh Allen, he fell down the draft board in large part because he'll likely take at least a year or two to catch up to adjust. Liberty's strength of competition pales in comparison to the NFL, and Willis did not put up bonkers numbers. He threw for 2,857 yards and 27 touchdowns against 12 interceptions while adding 878 yards and 13 touchdowns as a runner.

Titans starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill made waves earlier this month when he said it wasn't his "job" to mentor Willis, but the rookie says he and the veteran are already off to a good start as teammates. 

"It was never anything negative," Willis told reporters. "Ryan's a good dude. Everything is cool. He had us over [to] the house the other day and gave us a little bit of game regarding what comes with this process."

Tannehill has two years and $56 million remaining on his contract.