GREEN BAY- While it’s too soon to know just how effective rookie Jerel Worthy will be as a nickel pass rusher this season, it’s not too soon to know he’ll be better than the players who filled that role a year ago.
Jarius Wynn, C.J. Wilson and Mike Neal lined up next to B.J. Raji at one time or another in 2011, and all were incredibly ineffective when it came to harassing the quarterback. Wynn posted one pressure every 47 snaps. That’s not good, but it’s Reggie White-like when compared to Wilson and Neal. The former averaged one pressure every 113 snaps and the latter one every 79. For comparison’s sake, Cullen Jenkins averaged one pressure every 16 snaps during his final season with the Packers in 2010.
Wynn and Wilson try like heck, but they simply don’t possess the physical skills to get after the quarterback. Worthy does. He’s athletic enough to win with quickness and he’s strong enough to win with power. There were times when he absolutely dominated Big 10 offensive linemen. And while he won’t dominate NFL linemen, he’s going to succeed more often than he fails. That’ll be a welcome change.