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Worthy took no plays off

Posted by Vic Ketchman, packers.com editor on July 27, 2012 – 10:35 am

Jerel Worthy

Packers second-round draft pick Jerel Worthy attracted attention and criticism for a comment he made at Michigan State about needing to take plays off once in a while. Worthy took no plays off in Friday morning’s practice. The defensive lineman was the high-energy player of practice, which was forced indoors by rain.

Worthy chased after receivers following completions. His voice could be heard celebrating defensive stops and his motor never stopped. Worthy was all over the field and finished a couple of plays on the turf in a tangle of players he created.

Most notably, it appears Defensive Coordinator Dom Capers might have had his two-down lineman nickel defense in mind when Worthy was selected with the 51st overall pick of the 2012 draft. Worthy and B.J. Raji are the two down linemen in the Packers’ nickel defense, and it’s a role Worthy appears to relish. He was a chase tackle at Michigan State and he appears to be reveling in the space he has to operate in Capers’ nickel, which is clearly in Capers’ plans for this season.

Also in Friday’s practice:

…It’s becoming obvious the Packers have a creative role in mind for second-year wide receiver Randall Cobb.

…Backup quarterback Graham Harrell threw arguably the most impressive completion of the morning, a deep out to Cobb, who caught the ball and turned up field to pull away from rookie safety Jerron McMillian, whose coverage on the play was tight.

…Safety M.D. Jennings made an interception off a deflection.

…Quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ signature pass might be the back-shoulder throw, and he tossed a beauty of one to Jordy Nelson along the right sideline. Unfortunately, Nelson dropped the pass.

…Undrafted free agent linebacker Dezman Moses appears to be competing for more than a roster spot. He appears to be competing for playing time.

…First-year safety Anthony Levine broke impressively on a pass along the sideline and nearly made an interception.


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7 Responses to “Worthy took no plays off”

  1. By Minnesota Cheese Curd on Jul 27, 2012 | Reply

    I’m starting to get really excited about this team! I love Jerel’s energy. Love it! I’ve been thinking about the play of Dezman Moses too. He seems to have an edge over Nick Perry. He made a comment that I really loved. He said, “you play football with your eyes, hands, and feet.” To me, this means he’s got a mental edge as a rookie and I love that. Maybe Nick should start downing “Gilbert Burgers” and play DE.

  2. By crconsultoria on Jul 27, 2012 | Reply

    Reblogged this on crconsultoria.

  3. By kyannalashae on Jul 27, 2012 | Reply

    @Minnesota Cheese Curd If the Packers wanted Nick Perry to play DE,they would’ve kept him at DE instead of putting at LOLB!:)

  4. By Minnesota Cheese Curd on Jul 28, 2012 | Reply

    @kyannalashae – Simmer down little one. Just having fun with it. Truth be told, Perry will be used in the best possible capacity, period. If he rocks the house at OLB, awesome. If he proves to be better as a down lineman as many professional scouts believe, then so be it. As a fan, surely you know Coach Capers is the master of designing exotic defensive looks. If there is a team advantage to sticking his hand in the dirt, my guess is Capers will create a few options to take advantage of that.

  5. By Barlowmaker on Jul 28, 2012 | Reply

    It appears Worthy is going to be an excitable, high energy guy on the DL – something the Packers have been sorely missing since Johnny Jolly’s departure.

  6. By Don on Jul 29, 2012 | Reply

    already dropping lots of passes?

  7. By Ro on Jul 30, 2012 | Reply

    @ barlowmaker — i have to disagree im from houston texas and so is johnny jolly and he cant stay out of trouble, he has a think for codeine cough syrup….. so lets just hope jerel worthy can anchor the line like cullen jenkins did before he left for Philly.

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