Packers unload 2012 bust Worthy to Patriots : Packers Insider

Packers unload 2012 bust Worthy to Patriots

August 12, 2014 by  
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By Brian E Murphy, senior editor

~The Green Bay Packers have found someone willing to give them something for 2012 2nd round pick Jerel Worthy.

The Patriots have traded an undisclosed draft pick for Worthy, most likely a 6th or 7th round pick in next year’s draft, and only if Worthy makes the Patriots final roster.

Worthy, out of Michigan State, was expected to give the Packers defense a boost when Ted Thompson moved up in the draft eight spots to select Worthy in the 2nd round. Thompson traded his pick #59 and his 4th rounder to move up 8 spots and take Worthy at #51.

Worthy is one of many Packers who have torn ACL’s at the crappy Metrodome. Will Blackmon, Nick Barnett, Mark Tauscher are others I can recall doing so.

But he did little during his rookie season, and then in week 17 he tore his ACL at Minnesota.

He recovered to play in two games last year, combining to make one tackle.

OLB Nick Perry and DT Jerel Worthy were Ted Thompson’s hand-picked top-2 picks in that 2012 Draft to help bolster the Packers defense. Mostly due to injuries, both picks have been failures at this point in time. Perry still has time, but he now is relegated to backup duty as the Packers brought in Julius Peppers.

Worthy had no shot of making the Packers current roster.
He’s still young at 24, and the Patriots felt he was a low-risk, possible high-reward addition at this point in time.

New England visits Green Bay in week 13, so Worthy might make a Lambeau return sooner than later. Will he be in uniform though? Or street clothes?



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