Malik Willis would possibly find yourself being an excellent quarterback for the Tennessee Titans sooner or later in his profession, however he nonetheless has fairly a methods to go earlier than he will get there.
To say Willis has struggled in his first handful of appearances can be fairly an understatement, and it’s placing him in some quite notorious firm.
He has failed to succeed in the 100-yard passing mark in any of his first three begins, making him simply the third quarterback in the past 40 years to fail to do so. The different two quarterbacks on that listing are Dan McGwire and Nathan Peterman.
In his begins in opposition to Houston, Kansas City, and Houston once more he has managed to throw for simply 55, 80, and 99 yards respectively. Combined with some mop-up and reserve obligation in a handful of different video games, Willis has accomplished simply 50 p.c of his move makes an attempt, thrown for under 276 yards (4.5 yards per try), and has but to finish a landing move. He has additionally thrown three interceptions and fumbled twice.
It has been a problem.
Even when he was projected as a possible first-round decide (he ended up falling to the third spherical) Willis was all the time seen as extra of a undertaking than a direct starter, and it has undoubtedly been a battle for him to this point.
Part of that’s the Titans actually limiting the offense when he’s in, barely permitting him to throw and leaning closely on the bottom sport and his means to make performs together with his legs. Willis has tried simply 49 passes in his three begins. Another a part of it has been a dreadful offensive line round him and the actual fact the Titans traded their one impression playmaker at extensive receiver (A.J. Brown) over the offseason.
It’s a short-term concern for the Titans as a result of with Ryan Tannehill’s standing for the rest of the common season being an enormous unknown, they may want much more from Willis over the subsequent two weeks if they’ll discover a method to reverse their latest slide and nonetheless win the AFC South.
The Titans have misplaced 5 video games in a row and allowed the Jacksonville Jaguars to tie them on the high of the standings, with the Week 18 sport subsequent week being a winner-take-all sport for the division no matter what occurs with their video games this week (Tennessee performs Dallas; Jacksonville performs Houston).
The struggles of the offense have been on the middle of that slide. The Titans are averaging simply 17 factors per sport this season (twenty seventh within the NFL) and have but to attain greater than 24 factors in any sport.