In The Film Room: Jerel Worthy Vs Iowa

-Bad camera work, Worthy in on tackle on stretch play. -Keeps arm free and assists on arm tackle. Hurts wrist on play. Had a big wrap on after the game and told me it got caught up. -Not on the field for 2-minute drill. Could be wrist or situation. -Back on field, handled one-on-one by center.

Jerel Worthy Says He’s Playing This Season

Jerel Worthy

By (Analyst) on May 3, 2012 770 reads Perry can be a load coming off the edge for offensive tackles. Harry How/Getty Images If the Green Bay Packers had one goal entering the 2012 NFL Draft, it was to add to their pass rush, which they believe they’ve done, adding two premier players in outside linebacker Nick Perry and defensive lineman Jerel Worthy. However, doubts exist about whether these two players can contribute right away and revitalize a defense that ranked among the worst in the NFL last season at sacking the quarterback. During their 2010 Super Bowl season, the Packers defense was dominant, finishing second in the league in points allowed, fifth in yards and second in sacks with 47. Green Bay was effective on the defensive side of the ball that season in large part cause it featured an assortment of talented pass-rushers, highlighted by Clay Matthews, Cullen Jenkins and B.J. Raji. But last offseason Jenkins jumped ship, signing a lucrative free agent contract to join the Philadelphia Eagles , leaving defensive end Mike Neal, a second-round pick of the Packers in 2010, as his replacement. Unfortunately, Neal found himself on the injury report more than on the field and the Packers pass rush suffered a dramatic drop off in production. With no adequate replacement, Jenkins departure had wide-ranging affects on the play of Matthews and Raji, who combined for just nine sacks in 2011 compared to 20 the previous season. Jamie Squire/Getty Images Matthews has to be excited about finally have a legit edge rusher opposite him. In all, the Packers saw their sack total fall to just 29, a big reason why their defense allowed more passing yards than any team in NFL history last season. So when Green Bay went on the clock near the end of the Round 1, it was easy for general manager Ted Thompson to select Perry with the 28th overall pick. A standout at USC, Perry is a 6’3″, 265-pound edge player, who has the ability to play standing up or with his hand in the ground.

Nick Perry, Jerel Worthy Add Pass Rush Presence to Packers Defense.

However, a lot of Worthy’s problems can be ironed out through a commitment to refining his overall technique. There is nobody better than line guru Jim Washburn for a job like that. Ultimately, the Eagles defense is built on the line’s ability to quickly be able to play in the backfield. That is Worthy’s greatest asset. There are multiple tackle options for the Eagles to consider in this draft. Stout pluggers like Michael Brockers and Dontari Poe could appeal, as could hybrid interior rushers like Quinton Coples and Chandler Jones.

2012 NFL Draft: Jerel Worthy Is Worth the Reach for the Philadelphia Eagles

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I’m just ready to prove to people that I’m a great player and I’m deserving of wearing the Packer jersey. “When I got the call from the general manager and he said we’re going to trade up to get you, it was an unbelievable to talk to the general manager of the Green Bay Packers and I was just excited, man. I’m just ready to go.” In the middle Friday night’s conference call with Michigan State beat writers, Worthy spoke to Spartans coach Mark Dantonio for the first time since being drafted an hour earlier. It was a genuine moment between coach-and-player, beginning simply. “Congratulations, Jerel,” Dantonio said. “Thanks, Coach!” Worthy giddily replied. Dantonio had spoken with Worthy earlier in the day and also on Tuesday, offering words of advice before Worthy drove home to Ohio for the weekend.

Boom or Bust: Does Jerel Worthy Fit the Packers’ D?

Tyrann Mathieu has surprised those who thought he might fail in the NFL. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

2, 2013 at 05:42 p.m. Friend(s) Email Worthy, a second-round draft pick, was carted off the field in Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Minnesota Vikings with a knee injury. McCarthy did not specify the injury. “You can ask him (about specifics) if he wants to share that with you,” McCarthy said, according to Fox Sports Wisconsin. Worthy started four games after being drafted No. 51 overall in 2012.

Packers’ Jerel Worthy: ‘I’m going to play this year’

Worthy will have to be more physical in Green Bays 3-4 base defense, because, as mentioned above, the lines job there is to engage blockers while the linebackers swoop in for tackles. There will be a steep learning curve for Worthy, theres no question. Does he have the drive to make this match a successful one? Best-case scenario: Worthy acclimates well to the 3-4, with his quick burst off the snap creating havoc for opposing guards and tackles. He shines in the Packers nickel defense, with his size and speed helping him get into the backfield on occasion and, at the very least, letting Green Bays linebackers fly past him on the outside. He takes over as a starter in camp, freeing up the Packers to cut Neal. Worst-case scenario: Worthy proves that hes more of a 4-3 DT than a 3-4 anything.

Jerel Worthy done for Green Bay Packers’ season

All of that extra attention takes its toll, and Worthy looks gassed at the ends of some games. It is hard to hold that against him you try battling two Georgia offensive linemen through multiple overtimes but Worthy will have to improve his conditioning in the pros. Worthy’s “jump the snap” routine does lead to some penalties. Watching where he lines up, it is shocking that he does not get called for neutral zone infractions constantly. NFL referees may not be so forgiving. Worthy is strictly an in-the-box defender.

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Stay on task. Treatment is a must day-in and day-out, trying to prevent things. The focus is on your job and craft, so my No. 1 priority is to make it back. We have a lot of new talent in. There are a lot of guys competing. Something tells me Worthy wont be one of them.

Jerel Worthy ‘ready to go’ for Green Bay Packers, after patience-testing NFL Draft

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As expected, Worthy was a sideline spectator at Tuesday’s organized team activity — and he will be for a while. There’s no timetable for his return. But inside the locker room, he was beaming with optimism. The defensive end said he has no plans to take off an entire year to heal. His goal is to play this season. Thats the goal to play this year,”Worthy said. “Im going to play this year.


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