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Jerel Worthy 2013 Green Bay Packers Evaluation and Report Card

 

Packers DE Jerel Worthy

Packers DE Jerel Worthy

1) Introduction: Jerel Worthy made it back from a late-season ACL injury suffered in 2012. He didn’t do anything upon returning, but simply making it back onto the field so soon was more than most people expected.

2) Profile:

Jerel Worthy

  • Age: 23
  • Born: 4/28/1990 in Huber Heights, OH
  • Height: 6’2″
  • Weight: 308
  • College: Michigan St.
  • Rookie Year: 2012
  • NFL Experience: 2 years

Career Stats and more

3) Expectations coming into the season: Get healthy. I don’t think anybody expected Worthy to play a snap, but he made it all the way back and saw some game action.

4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Walking onto the field to play against the Vikings in week 12 — less than a year removed from a major ACL injury — is a very impressive highlight. We’ll find out next season if Worthy’s highlights go beyond returning from a serious injury.

5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: It’s tough to contribute when you’re injured. If Worthy is to have a successful NFL career, it will probably come as a Mike Daniels type of player — someone who is explosive enough to rush the passer from the inside but might be a little undersized to anchor gaps in the run defense.

6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: Worthy only played two snaps in the postseason.

Season Report Card:

(Incomplete) Level of expectations met during the season

(Incomplete) Contributions to team’s overall success.

(Incomplete) Contributions to team during the playoffs

Overall Grade:  Incomplete (kudos to Worthy for working to return so soon, but there isn’t enough there to give him a proper grade)

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Adam Czech is a freelance reporter and a Packers fan living in the Twin Cities. Follow Adam on Twitter. Read more of Adam's writing on the Packers here.

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