Spartans D-lineman Jerel Worthy Gets Tattoo Sure To Enrage Wolverine Fans

Jerel Worthy Says He’s Playing This Season

Jerel Worthy

Philadelphia’s front struggled against the run up the middle last season and ranked a mediocre 16th overall against the rush. Even though veteran plugger Derek Landri has been retained, along with Antonio Dixon, neither is the go kind of player who can act as the focal point of a run defense. Worthy is certainly a more dynamic alternative. Despite possessing the skill set of an unquestioned first-round talent, there are issues surrounding Worthy. A poor showing at the combine has damaged his draft stock, as has concerns about his ability to hold up at the point, if his first step fails to get him through the line. However, a lot of Worthy’s problems can be ironed out through a commitment to refining his overall technique.

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

It was something that I just thought up, Worthy told I was thinking about getting a Spartans tattoo anyway. I threw a couple ideas up in the air and this is what we came up with. I was with some friends who play for Michigan. I have a lot of guys that I grew up with in the city of Dayton; I was with those guys. It was laughs and giggles. They actually thought it was pretty cool.

Jerel Worthy done for Green Bay Packers’ season

But Worthy might be of even more use, and may feel more comfortable, when the Packers turn to their unique nickel defense. That look employs five defensive backs (hence: nickel), but Green Bay puts its twist on it by using just two defensive linemen and four linebackers almost every other nickel look would invert those numbers, with a four-man front, two linebackers manning the middle and the five DBs. But since the Packers best pass-rushers are their outside linebackers, they slide Matthews and one other linebacker up where youd expect to see two defensive ends, then place two linemen (with Raji usually filling one of the spots) on the interior. The result is this look: For Worthy, if he were to line up next to Raji in the Packers nickel, it would get him as close to his Michigan State duties as possible in football terminology, Worthys ideal NFL fit going into the draft looked to be as 3-technique lineman, which means he lines up over the outside shoulder of an offensive guard. The 3-technique is what Warren Sapp so excelled at during his days in Tampa Bay, because it basically puts the defensive tackle in charge of one specific spot, the B gap between the guard and tackle, which allows him to go full-bore into that area. In the picture above the Packers two tackles are closer in on the center than that, but its a place Worthy may feel more comfortable. 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.

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“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. He had 14 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Only B.J. Raji and Ryan Pickett played more snaps on the Packers ‘ defensive line. Worthy’s absence bumps C.J.

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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. According the the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel , Perry finished his three-year college career with 21.5 sacks, 29.5 tackles for loss and 51 total pressures. The former Trojan may not be an ideal fit for defensive coordinator Dom Capers ‘ 3-4 defense, yet he can pressure the quarterback, an essential component for success in today’s pass-happy NFL. While some scouts have questioned Perry’s work ethic and fit in Green Bay, here’s what Capershad to say about him : “He certainly has the size and the athletic ability that we look for at the position. He tested extremely well at the combine.


Worthy is strictly an in-the-box defender. He will not make many plays down the line of scrimmage, and something has gone very wrong if he is chasing a ball carrier down from behind. His low career sack total (12 in three seasons as a starter) reflects his inability to close on quarterbacks. Conclusion: Worthy’s lackluster workout results underline just how enigmatic he is as a prospect. His greatest attribute, besides brute strength, is something that cannot be easily showcased in a drill. It is also something that could get penalized away if NFL referees don’t give him any benefit of the doubt. The upside for Worthy is Millard, who had 58 sacks in eight seasons in the 1980s, but that is a very ambitious comparison.

-Double team, got hands up. -Shows good use of hands, but doesnt get anywhere on pass-rush. -Off the field for 4 plays. -Good push on RG, stays active on reverse. -Pushes his way into backfield, but takes himself out of play on goal-line. 4th Quarter -Fights off double team, whips around to try and find a rush lane. -Blows RG off the ball, forces RB to turn in.

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

Worthy says he wont be that guy, though. No, no, no,Worthy said. That doesnt cross my mind at all. Im just going to continue to take it day by day. Ive been blessed to not have any setbacks to this point. Weve been at this for 4-5 months now, so as long as I continue to stick to the plan and I continue to stay positive, Ill be good.

Derek Sherrod, Mike Neal, Jerel Worthy among Packers on PUP

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Worthy dismissed the notion that there’s urgency to return with Jones in town, saying “everybody was brought in to do different things for the team.” So far, he has experienced no setbacks. Worthy’s goal is to play in 2013. How things shake out during training camp on the defensive line may determine what the Packers do. Worthy could begin the season on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list or the team may shelf him on injured reserve. Last summer, Quarless (who had ACL and MCL surgery) had similar optimism and ended up on IR. As Worthy noted, it’s wise not to compare any ACL injuries to one, Adrian Peterson.

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

Tretter , defensive end Jerel Worthy , defensive end Mike Neal and safeties Sean Richardson and Chaz Powell . In addition, linebacker Jamari Lattimore was placed on the non-football illness list. As noted by Jason Wilde of, Sherrod (leg), Worthy (knee) and Richardson (neck) missed all of the Packers offseason workouts and were not a surprise to land on PUP. However, Neal, Powell and Lattimore all took part in the offseason program and their inclusion is somewhat unusual. Any players on PUP can be activated at any time prior to the end of the preseason. If they remain on PUP they are ineligible to play for the first six weeks of the regular season. gbpshareholder says: Jul 26, 2013 3:08 AM If Sherrod isnt healthy by game one, it has to be time to send him to the Vikings right?

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