Tennessee Titans rookie Malik Willis was thrust into a starting role in Week 8 after Ryan Tannehill was unable to suit up. Willis performed how you'd expect from a rookie in his first NFL start — which is to say not great — but Tennessee still came away with the win.
After Willis' fill-in appearance, Tannehill had nothing but words of encouragement for the first-year quarterback.
Tannehill told Willis he was "proud of him" for his performance in Week 8. The veteran offered a great reminder to the young buck that "He found a way to get a win, and that's the job every week."
Tannehill's review should give any fans disappointed with Willis a new perspective. Tennessee didn't need a big game from the rookie to emerge victorious. He carried out the Derrick Henry-heavy game plan and it resulted in a win, which is all you can really ask for.
Willis only attempted 10 passes on Sunday against the Houston Texans with Henry leading the offense on the ground. The Liberty product completed six of those passes for 55 yards, but he also threw an interception.
It was a fine starting debut for the rookie, who now moves to 1-0 as a starter. He could get the nod in Week 9 if Tannehill is sidelined again due to his ankle injury. This Sunday would present a much tougher test with the Kansas City Chiefs up next on the schedule.
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