This is an excellent pickup for the Showboats. Willis is a proven spring league quarterback, having experience in The Spring League.
Ryan led the Linemen to a 5-1 record in 2021, ultimately winning the Mega Bowl over the Jousters, 26-23. After his stint in the TSL, Willis signed to the Chicago Bears’ practice squad. He spent some time there, before ultimately being released during the past NFL season.
In November of 2022, Willis was assigned to the St. Louis Battlehawks of the XFL. Originally it seemed like he would have the opportunity to start. However, he was released by St. Louis after being beat out by AJ McCarron and Nick Tiano in training camp.
Clearly, Willis is very talented. Todd Haley’s offense is looking to rebound in 2023, and we’ll have to see if Willis is a part of that.
Memphis Showboats Quarterbacks
Training Camp will be quite the scene for the Memphis Showboats. The team recently signed QB Cole Kelley. Kelley was a solid quarterback at Arkansas, and Southeastern Louisiana.
BREAKING: QB Cole Kelley has signed with the @USFLShowboats. @ColeKelley10 was outstanding at both Arkansas and Southeastern Louisiana.
It will be interesting to see how everything shakes out in March. Brady White is the only QB to transfer from the Tampa Bay Bandits to the Memphis Showboats. White is very familiar to fans in Memphis, having played for the University of Memphis.