Damion Willis shocked a lot of people when he clawed his way onto the Bengals 53-man roster out of training camp. He did so despite going undrafted. He even exceeded expectations by starting two games for the Bengals, thanks to less than ideal circumstances.
It’d be a safe bet to assume the Bengals keep 6 receivers on the roster this year, despite initially allocating 7 spots for the position in 2019. It’s a lock for Green, Higgins, Tyler Boyd, John Ross, and Auden Tate to make the cut, leaving one spot up for grabs. Alex Erickson’s ability in the return game, along with his experience, gives him a definitive edge over Willis.
The Bengals would undoubtedly love to hold on to Willis by sneaking him on to their practice squad. Given the fact that Green and Ross have their contracts set to expire after the 2020 season, he could be a valuable player to have around.
It’s no sure thing that another franchise won’t snatch up the Mississippi native though. Unfortunately, fans in the Queen City may never get to see if Willis lives up to the potential Taylor saw in the pre-season.