Undersized fourth-round draft pick made some big plays for the Packers in 2012
The Green Bay Packers began the season with 10 rookies on the 53-man roster. That’s a pretty high number – especially for a team than won 15 games the previous year. But GM Ted Thompson didn’t hang on to all those rookies to save money or to make himself look good. He kept them because they could play. In fact, seven have played significant roles in the team’s march to its second straight NFC North title.
I’ll be ranking the rookies – from least productive to most productive – over the next couple of weeks. Here’s #5:
Story of 2012: Jerel Worthy came to the Packers with a lot more fanfare, but Mike Daniels outplayed him from day one. The undersized former Iowa star was drafted to get after the quarterback, and he did that fairly well in 2012. That’s because he uses his hands like a veteran and has a non-stop motor. The real surprise is how he didn’t embarrass himself against the run. At 6’0, 290, he’s abou