Willis was restored to the Steelers' practice squad from the COVID-19 list then cut Friday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
Analysis: Willis joined the Steelers' practice squad on Dec. 28 and ended up in COVID protocols five days later. He's also spent time with the Giants and Washington practice squads this season, but never appeared on an active roster.
Jan 7, 2022 5:00 PM EST
Willis has been placed on the Steelers' practice squad reserve/COVID-19 list, Teresa Varley reports.
Analysis: Willis joined the Steelers practice squad last week after getting released from Washington's practice unit. He will now need to clear the league's health and safety protocols before returning to practice.
Jan 3, 2022 1:05 PM EST
Willis was signed to the Steelers' practice squad Tuesday, Teresa Varley of the team's official site reports.
Analysis: The wide receiver was released from Washington's practice squad Nov. 23, but now joins the Steelers practice squad. Willis has not played in an NFL game since the 2019 season where he appeared in 10 contests with the Bengals, making nine catches on 16 targets for 82 yards.
Dec 28, 2021 3:21 PM EST
Willis was released from Washington's practice squad Tuesday.
Analysis: The wide receiver was signed to the practice squad Oct. 5, but failed to crack the active roster at any point before his release Tuesday. Willis played in 10 games for the Bengals in 2020, catching nine passes for 82 yards. The 24-year-old's next opportunity will likely be another practice squad.
Nov 23, 2021 3:50 PM EST
Washington signed Willis to their practice squad Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: Willis spent training camp with the Giants and led them in receiving yards and touchdowns during the preseason. However, he was ultimately waived before the 53-man roster deadline. The 24-year-old last appeared in NFL regular-season action for the Bengals in 2019, when he played in 10 games and caught nine passes for 82 yards.
Oct 5, 2021 12:32 PM EST
The Giants waived Willis on Tuesday, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports.
Analysis: Willis led the Giants in receiving yards (112) and touchdows (2) this preseason. With Kenny Golladay (hamstring), Darius Slayton (ankle) and Kadarius Toney (undisclosed) all dealing with injuries, it was thought that maybe Willis would earn a spot on the initial 53-man roster. Nonetheless, he will likely land on the Giants' practice squad if he clears waivers.
Aug 31, 2021 11:10 AM EST
Willis signed a contract with the Giants on Saturday.
Analysis: Willis was waived by the Broncos just before the start of training camp, but he's now latched on with a new team. The 24-year-old hasn't seen game action since catching nine passes for 82 yards in 10 games with the Bengals in 2019.
Aug 1, 2021 4:09 PM EST
Willis was waived by the Broncos on Tuesday, George Stoia of the Denver Gazette reports.
Analysis: Willis signed with the club back in May but failed to make a training camp roster. The Broncos now have 14 wideouts on their roster. Willis, who hasn't played since 2019, will look to find a new home for the 2021 season.
Jul 20, 2021 5:49 PM EST
Willis signed a contract with the Broncos on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: It's a bit odd to see the Broncos sign a free agent wide receiver after recently releasing 2018 fourth-round pick DaeSean Hamilton, but Willis likely is meant to just provide some depth at the position. The 23-year-old had stints, respectively, with the Browns and Jaguars practice squad last season, but hasn't played in a game since 2019.
May 18, 2021 1:22 PM EST
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
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