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Worthy arrives with big expectations

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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Green Bay Packers rookie defensive lineman Jerel Worthy already has high expectations placed on him after being drafted in the second round last month. But with the eight-game suspension of Anthony Hargrove due to his role in the New Orleans Saints’ bounty scheme and the four-game suspension of Mike Neal due to violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing drugs, a bit more could be asked of him as a rookie. “Well, the expectations are high for the defensive line as a whole,” Worthy said after taking part in his second practice of the Packers’ rookie orientation camp on Saturday. “We never know who is going to play what spots and everything like that. Everybody is competing. When we are out there, everybody is competing and working hard. In the back of your mind, you have to understand that the guy you are working against is competing for the same spot you are.” Worthy said the first two days of practice has been a learning process as he attempts to pick up as much as possible in a short period of time. He said the team has been lining him up at different spots on the line, which is something the Packers are known to do. “Trying to get a feel for which spot is the best for me,” Worthy said. “That’s how everybody is. We are just trying to get a feel for how the Packers want to play.” As for the his new playbook? “Man, it’s like learning Spanish a little bit,” he said. “When you deal with something for four or five years in your collegiate sport, you get up here and the terminology is a lot different. Things that sound the same in college can be totally different up here. So, you just have to get in your book. Take your time. Once you learn that, you’ll be successful.” - svenci@greenbaypressgazette.com and follow him on Twitter @scottvenci

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