Willis was a third round pick of the Bengals in 2017. He was the odd man out in a numbers game in Cincinnati.
A Kansas State product, Willis has only 2 career sacks in a little over 2 seasons with the Bengals. He has been a very productive preseason player throughout his career, though. He has registered 8 sacks in 12 career preseason contests. He tied for the league lead with 4 during the 2017 preseason. He just hasn’t been able to produce a ton once the lights go on.
As with any waiver claim, expectations should probably be measured. The Bengals let him go for a reason. Without much edge talent on the roster, however, this still seems worth a swing worth taking for the Jets if nothing else.