The New England Patriots are one of the most active teams every year on the trade and free agent market, and they made another move today.
The Patriots have acquired former second round pick Jerel Worthy from the Green Bay Packers, and are hoping to get some pass rush out of him if he can get healthy.
Worthy has been dealing with a back injury and has yet to practice this season, which could end up being what gets him cut from the Patriots’ roster when everything is said and done.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 12, 2014
Worthy was drafted in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Packers, and he was expected to be one of the pieces that would help turn the defense around. Unfortunately he has been plagued by injuries throughout his young career, and has been unable to make much of an impact on the field. He has played in just 16 games throughout his first two NFL seasons, and recorded 15 tackles to go along with 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble.
At just 24 years of age, he still has plenty of time to turn things around and get his career back on track. The Patriots have been well known for picking up projects and turning their careers around, and if they are able to do that with Worthy, they could be getting a steal. Green Bay was simply looking to get something of value back in return for him, as they have already been preparing to release him prior to the start of the regular season.
All of that being said, it will be interesting to keep an eye on Worthy to see if he can get healthy and at least give himself a chance. The Patriots are looking for some pass rushing help, and a healthy Worthy could help give them just that. Either way, the Packers got a bit of value back for a player that wasn’t in their plans, and the Patriots are getting a talented player that needs some work.