1) Introduction: Jerel Worthy was considered to be a pleasant surprise to be there for the Packers to select in round two of last year’s draft. The former Spartan, who left college early, was looked upon to bring some “juice” to the Packers’ inside pass rush.
- Age: 22
- Born: 04/28/1990, in Huber Heights, OH
- Height: 6’2″
- Weight: 304
- College: Michigan State
- Rookie Year: 2012
- NFL Experience: 0 years
3) Expectations coming into the season: As a high round draft pick, Worthy was expected to contribute immediately, but expectations were tempered with Worthy’s history of jumping offsides, which while often allowed him to crash through offensive lines before the linemen got set also lead to a lot of encroachment and offsides penalties. It was expected that Worthy would probably get more penalties than fast starts against superior NFL caliber linemen but hopefully, he would adjust to the NFL and start to make some progress as a viable pass rushing threat.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Worthy’s best game was probably week 2 against the Bears where he recorded his first career sack, 2 tackles and 3 offensive negative plays. His lowlight was immediately afterwards in week 3 against the Seahawks where played over 50% of the defensive snaps but posted no stats other than a penalty.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Worthy was wildly inconsistent so it’s hard to say how much he contributed. He often peak and dip in his play in the same game. Overall, that inconsistency was probably his own undoing as coaches were unsure of what type of player they would see. Luckily, Worthy did who his talent and presuming he recovers well from his injury and settles down a bit, Worthy can become a dominant player for the Packers
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Worthy injured his knee in week 17 against the Vikings and was ruled out and then placed on IR shortly afterwards. Worthy was not active for either playoff game.
Season Report Card:
(C) Level of expectations met during the season
(C-) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(N/A) Contributions to team during the playoffs
Overall Grade: C-——————
Thomas Hobbes is a staff writer for Jersey Al’s AllGreenBayPackers.com.