You just gotta feel for Matt Willis.
For all the good he did in the game against the Bengals (2 receptions for 54 yards), his drop of Tebow's pass is the one that's getting the most attention by the media and fans. Honestly, it's a bit unfair.
We've already been through the whole "bad pass vs. shoulda caught it" argument, almost ad nauseum. I tend to think that they should share that load 50/50 and call it a day.
Yes, Tebow's pass could have been a bit more out front and, yes, Willis could have caught it. Fact is that both men let us down... but only on that one singular play... otherwise, both men gave us a good look at their talents and a reason to be somewhat optimistic about their abilities.
Willis' 27 YPC average was outstanding! The million dollar question is whether or not he makes the team. I hope so. If he does, he'll be burried on the depth chart behind the usual suspects (Thomas, Royal, Gaffney, Decker, et al). But guys have come from nowhere before, and I just love rooting for the underdog, don't you?
Tim Tebow, on the other hand, has a bit more stability on the team and Broncoland is hoping that he lives up to the hype. So far, most of us like what we've seen. Give the kid a couple years behind a solid starter, just like Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay and "what's-his-name" in Sandy Ego had, and I think he'll come along nicely. Of course, Orton will need an extension to make this scenario work. I, for one, have my fingers crossed.
Still, at least for this week, in the eyes of some, Matt Willis will be stuck in the role of the goat. And that is unfortunate. It's too bad that the MSM keeps playing the footage again and again and placing the blame for the incompletion solely on his shoulders. I thought Willis played a good game, it's a shame that the public-at-large won't even know it.