Willis signed with Jacksonville's practice squad Monday, James Johnson of USA Today reports.
Analysis: The 23-year-old has yet to catch on with an NFL team in 2020 after making 10 appearances for the Bengals last season. Dede Westbrook (knee-ACL) remains on IR while Laviska Shenault recently sustained a thumb injury, prompting Jacksonville to add development depth at the position.
Dec 7, 2020 5:46 PM EST
The Lions hosted Willis (undisclosed) for a workout Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: The Browns waived Willis with an injury designation in August, but he's healthy and looking for a fresh start. The Troy product played 10 games with the Bengals last year and caught nine of 16 targets for 82 yards.
Sep 29, 2020 2:33 PM EST
The Browns waived Willis (undisclosed) with a failed physical designation Sunday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.
Analysis: The Browns claimed Willis off waivers Wednesday, but the wide receiver wasn't healthy enough to sign with the team. It's unclear what he's dealing with, but the 23-year-old will focus on getting healthy before trying out with another team.
Aug 30, 2020 8:45 AM EST
The Browns claimed Willis of waivers Wednesday.
Analysis: Willis was let go by the Bengals after he produced nine catches for 82 yards across 10 games as a rookie last season. The undrafted free agent out of Troy in 2019 could just be a depth option in camp with Damion Rately (groin) and KhaDarel Hodge (personal) missing camp.
Aug 26, 2020 5:08 PM EST
The Bengals waived Willis on Tuesday.
Analysis: Willis had nine catches for 82 yards across 10 games as a rookie with the Bengals last season. He also spent time on the team's practice squad. The 6-foot-3, 204-pound wideout will now look to earn a depth role elsewhere in the league.
Aug 25, 2020 5:26 PM EST
Willis (undisclosed) passed his physical Monday, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Willis jumped on and off the 53-man roster for Cincinnati in 2019, ultimately finishing his rookie campaign with nine receptions for 82 yards. With A.J. Green healthy and the team adding Tee Higgins via the draft, Willis will likely face an uphill battle to secure a spot this season.
Aug 3, 2020 9:42 PM EST
Willis (undisclosed) was placed on the physically unable to perform list Wednesday, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: It's not clear why Willis was placed on the PUP list, but the second-year receiver will nevertheless attempt to get healthy ahead of a 2020 campaign in which he could be slated for another spot on the team's practice squad.
Aug 1, 2020 11:13 AM EST
Willis hauled in nine of 16 targets for 82 yards across 10 regular-season games in 2019.
Analysis: Willis spent the season shifting between Cincinnati's practice squad and active roster, and injuries to both A.J. Green and John Ross played a role in his earning a depth role. He'll fight to carve out a larger workload in 2020.
Jan 24, 2020 9:08 AM EST
Willis (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Marisa Contipelli of the Bengals' official site reports.
Analysis: With Willis inactive and A.J. Green (ankle) still out, the bulk of the Bengals' passing game will likely be targeted towards Tyler Boyd, John Ross and Alex Erickson in a plus matchup against the Dolpins.
Dec 22, 2019 8:41 AM EST
The Bengals promoted Willis to the active roster Tuesday, Tyler Dragon of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
Analysis: The undrafted rookie out of Troy has played 10 games for the Bengals this year, recording 82 yards on nine receptions. There's no indication that A.J. Green (ankle) will be back for Sunday's matchup against the Patriots, but Willis will serve in a depth role regardless.
Dec 10, 2019 12:54 PM EST
Cincinnati signed Willis to its practice squad Wednesday.
Analysis: Willis was waived by the Bengals on Tuesday and went unclaimed which allowed them to add him to the practice squad. Willis' last reception came back in Week 5. For the season, he has nine receptions for 82 yards.
Dec 4, 2019 2:47 PM EST
The Bengals waived Willis on Tuesday.
Analysis: Willis has suited up in 10 games for the Bengals this year, recording nine receptions for 82 scoreless yards. The team is activating John Ross (shoulder) from IR, so Willis is the roster casualty. If he clears waivers, he's expected to land on the practice squad.
Dec 3, 2019 9:34 AM EST
The Bengals signed Willis to the active roster from the practice squad Friday, Ben Baby of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Willis spent the first seven games of the season on Cincinnati's 53-man roster. He caught nine of 14 targets for 82 yards during that stretch. The Troy product will look to make the most of his second opportunity as a depth wideout for the Bengals, but he doesn't warrant much (if any) fantasy consideration.
Nov 15, 2019 11:04 AM EST
Willis caught his only target for an eight-yard gain during Monday's 27-3 loss to the Steelers.
Analysis: Following Willis' five-target, three-catch debut, the rookie receiver has just two catches on four targets in his last three games. Given his role as a down-roster receiver on a Bengals offense that has failed to top 20 points through the first quarter of the season, he shouldn't garner any consideration for fantasy purposes, even with a favorable matchup against Arizona's 24th-ranked pass defense on deck.
Oct 1, 2019 9:03 PM EST
Willis was limited to four special teams snaps in Sunday's loss to the Bills.
Analysis: Willis has been bypassed by Auden Tate in the Bengals' receiving corps and is at risk of losing his roster spot once A.J. Green returns. The good news for him is that Green won't return for Week 4, but it's a far cry for him from Week 1 when he started against the Seahawks.
Sep 23, 2019 10:53 PM EST
Willis had just one catch on three targets, netting six yards, in Sunday's loss to the Niners.
Analysis: Willis has moved from nominal starter to afterthought now that John Ross is healthy and productive. Even Alex Erickson is getting more work right now.
Sep 16, 2019 11:10 AM EST
Willis had three catches for 30 yards in Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. He had five targets in the passing game.
Analysis: Willis nominally was the starter for the Bengals, but the real story was John Ross's breakout game. Still, he's one of the three most used receivers for the Bengals right now, behind Tyler Boyd and Ross, until A.J. Green returns.
Sep 9, 2019 11:08 PM EST
Coach Zac Taylor relayed Sunday that Willis has "solidified himself as the (Bengals) starting X receiver going into Week 1."
Analysis: Willis, an undrafted rookie out of Troy, is thus in line to fill in for A.J. Green, who is poised to miss time early on, as he bounces back from an ankle injury. Though Tyler Boyd and John Ross look like safer fantasy options at this point, Willis has emerged on the fantasy sleeper radar and could carve out a degree of early-season utility if his rapport with QB Andy Dalton continues to grow.
Aug 25, 2019 3:43 PM EST
Coach Zac Taylor said Sunday that Willis has earned a 53-man roster spot, and won't play in Thursday's preseason game against the Colts, Jay Morrison of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Willis has been making his case for a roster spot during the preseason, nabbing eight passes for 114 yards and a touchdown in two games. Furthermore, the undrafted rookie out of Troy is expected to draw the start at one of the wide receiver positions for Week 1 against the Seahawks. With A.J. Green (ankle) expected to miss the beginning of the regular season, Willis should see consistent time in three-wide sets to start 2019.
Aug 25, 2019 12:04 PM EST
Willis caught three of six targets for 55 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 25-23 preseason loss to the Giants.
Analysis: Willis got the start as the Bengals were without receivers A.J. Green (ankle) and John Ross (hamstring), but he didn't make a single catch until backup quarterback Ryan Finley was in the game and his three-yard touchdown came from third-stringer Jake Dolegala. Still, this strong performance and coach Zac Taylor's willingness to trot Willis out with the No. 1's suggests the undrafted rookie is positioning himself to make the 53-man roster.
Aug 22, 2019 7:37 PM EST
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