Although he was unable to register a sack in Sunday’s victory over the Cleveland Browns, Jason Worilds was a dominating force on the Steelers defense yesterday. One play after another, it seemed Worilds was causing some sort of havoc for the Browns. According to Pro Football Focus’ stat count, Worilds had three quarterback hurries. Worilds also recorded six hits on the quarterback.
In the second half of November, Worilds has put on a show defensively. With a total of 10 quarterback hits, four hurries and a sack. Worilds is one sack away from tying his career best (5).
After re-watching the game two times, it is hard not to pick out Worilds. His technique has progressed weekly, much like the rest of the football team. He can get around the tackle, spin, or bull rush. Even when matched against a guard on Sunday, Worilds made his presence known.
With this type of production, it will be hard to take Worilds off the field when LaMarr Woodley is ready to return. Worilds, who is filling in for Woodley while he is nursing a calf injury, has teamed well with Jarvis Jones and both players are progressing weekly.
Worilds is in the final year of his rookie contract while Woodley is owed roughly $18 million in 2014. Woodley has been nursing injury after injury for three consecutive seasons while talent has finally began to uproot from other players defensively. With Woodley not providing the comfort of health, it will be interesting if the Steelers will work on getting Jason Worilds back under contract at season’s end and make a decision on Woodley much like they did with James Harrison last offseason.
One thing is for sure, it is way too early from making that prediction or analysis now as the Steelers are not even putting any thought to it at the current time. The Steelers are going one week at a time and the Thanksgiving match up against the Baltimore Ravens is all that matters right now.