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Packers sign second-round pick Jerel Worthy

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ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Green Bay Packers have signed second-round pick Jerel Worthy, a defensive tackle out of Michigan State, to a four-year contract.

Worthy, the 51st overall selection, is expected to compete for the starting right defensive end job Green Bay failed to fill following Cullen Jenkins‘ departure last offseason. Worthy is a quick-twitch, up-field pass rusher at 6-foot-2, 308. He racked up 27.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks as a 38-game starter for the Spartans.

As a senior, Worthy earned first-team All-American honors alongside Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still. Like Worthy, Still was a second-round pick, going to Cincinnati.

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37 Responses to “Packers sign second-round pick Jerel Worthy”
  1. jimmysee says: May 10, 2012 7:45 PM

    Welcome to Grrrrrrreen Bay, Jerel! Now you got to learn not to get suckered by the hard count!

  2. gregm5s7 says: May 10, 2012 7:48 PM

    cool cool cool

  3. essentialsausage says: May 10, 2012 7:49 PM

    He also blocked what might have been a game-winning field goal in MSU’s bowl game against Georgia.

  4. essentialsausage says: May 10, 2012 7:50 PM

    Err, game-tying field goal.

  5. godfatherd says: May 10, 2012 7:56 PM

    Worthy will be a good player for them but they really made a mistake letting Cullen Jenkins go.

  6. zz56 says: May 10, 2012 7:59 PM

    Just glad to have him on board! I can’t wait for the season to start! Now get the others signed Uncle Ted!!

  7. thepvyharvin says: May 10, 2012 8:00 PM

    Vikings got a stadium,,,,,

  8. biggappa03 says: May 10, 2012 8:12 PM

    Thepvyharvin…

    GB already had the best stadium. Sorry. Can’t wait until GB hoists the Lombardi trophy in Minnesota in a few years.

    Stadiums can’t win games for you.

  9. bordner says: May 10, 2012 8:13 PM

    thepvyharvin says:
    May 10, 2012 8:00 PM
    Vikings got a stadium,,,,,
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    Lambeau will still be better.

  10. textexington says: May 10, 2012 8:17 PM

    The Packers are gonna win Superbowl XLVII!!!

  11. contra74 says: May 10, 2012 8:24 PM

    bordner says:May 10, 2012 8:13 PM

    thepvyharvin says:
    May 10, 2012 8:00 PM
    Vikings got a stadium,,,,,
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    Lambeau will still be better.
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    Thats up for debate but what is not up for debate is that the Viking fanbase was not suckered out of $250 for useless ‘stock’.

  12. ohenry78 says: May 10, 2012 8:51 PM

    ——-
    Thats up for debate but what is not up for debate is that the Viking fanbase was not suckered out of $250 for useless ‘stock’.

    ________________

    That’s true, but at least it was by choice. All you ‘Queens fans will be paying for the stadium in the form of taxes whether you like it or not for the next 30 years to the tune of $500 million or so. So…yeah.

  13. ctiggs says: May 10, 2012 8:51 PM

    this kid went to my high school he was a beast then and he will be a beast in the league.

  14. vikescry1 says: May 10, 2012 8:53 PM

    useless stock is much better than whining about paying for a stadium for a team that you say your a fan of but don’t want to pony up any money to keep them around. i’m happy for you viking fans but all your crying was getting old. new stadium but same old vikings. (bottom of the division)

  15. jcbadger34 says: May 10, 2012 8:54 PM

    contra74 says: May 10, 2012 8:24 PM

    Thats up for debate but what is not up for debate is that the Viking fanbase was not suckered out of $250 for useless ‘stock’.
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    Yeah, it’s so much better to make the people of Minneapolis and the State of Minnesota pay over $500 million, regardless of whether or not they want to contribute, let alone whether or not they are even Vikings fans. Yep….involuntary taxpayer money is definitely better than letting the fans contribute only if they want to.

    Of course, if the Vikings tried to get money from their “fans” willingly, they’d probably wind up with about $1000 and a couple bus passes.

  16. packerpride03 says: May 10, 2012 8:56 PM

    Pretty sad all queens fans have to look forward to is a new stadium. Too bad there perennial losers.

  17. dannomac21 says: May 10, 2012 9:17 PM

    “Thats up for debate but what is not up for debate is that the Viking fanbase was not suckered out of $250 for useless ‘stock’.

    ________________

    That’s true, but at least it was by choice. All you ‘Queens fans will be paying for the stadium in the form of taxes whether you like it or not for the next 30 years to the tune of $500 million or so. So…yeah.”

    GG

  18. dannomac21 says: May 10, 2012 9:18 PM

    Vikings fans, welcome to the outdoors. Maybe that dome is the reason you guys have never won anything in the history of your entire franchise for as long as it has existed EVER

  19. lnfinite says: May 10, 2012 9:25 PM

    packerpride03 says: May 10, 2012 8:56 PM

    Pretty sad all queens fans have to look forward to is a new stadium. Too bad there perennial losers.

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    Since jokers like you trash so many Viking threads let me hit you up with some reality. In the last 51 years the packers have had 30 seasons without playoff appearances compared to the Vikings 24. Before you pronounce perennial, check your facts first.

    Glad you signed your pick, hope he works well in your system.

  20. jimmysee says: May 10, 2012 9:31 PM

    So Pervy — they gonna call that joynt up there “Pillsbury Park?

  21. bjamesa says: May 10, 2012 9:49 PM

    As a Packers fan I feel it is my duty to keep things honest. The truth is that the 2003 renovation of Lambeau was put to a vote and BARELY passed the general public. Sure, the stock sale helped back then, but it isn’t like the taxpayers in Wisconsin got away from footing part of the bill. The truth is, Minneapolis would survive without the Vikings but Green Bay would be crushed without the Packers. I don’t really know where else to go with this so I’ll say…

    Welcome aboard, Jerel! and congrats to the Vikings on the stadium! I look forward to beating you all 60 times over your 30 year contract with Minnesota!

  22. ha5ko says: May 10, 2012 10:04 PM

    losing Cullen Jenkins was so bad, look how great the Eagles defense was with him, how did they do in the playoffs?

  23. textexington says: May 10, 2012 10:16 PM

    We Packer fans are more than willing to help our team. Kind of like your fans invest in face paint and full Dungeons &Dragons gear to support your team. Difference is the stock helps fill in the north and south ends of Lambeau Field(best venue in professional sports) while you Lavender Larry fans just look stupid.LOLZ.Go Pack Go!!!

  24. stevenfbrackett says: May 10, 2012 10:41 PM

    Has Hargrove been dumped yet? What are they waiting for?

  25. noeffinway says: May 10, 2012 11:05 PM

    While lambeau does have great history, it isn’t even close to being the best venue in all of sports….not even in the NFL.

    And, yes, a stadium can bring wins. Look at all the favorable calls gb gets at lambeau.

  26. stellarperformance says: May 10, 2012 11:31 PM

    godfatherd says: May 10, 2012 7:56 PM
    Worthy will be a good player for them but they really made a mistake letting Cullen Jenkins go.
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    Yeah….but that was then, this is now.

  27. stellarperformance says: May 10, 2012 11:32 PM

    noeffinway says: May 10, 2012 11:05 PM
    While lambeau does have great history, it isn’t even close to being the best venue in all of sports….not even in the NFL.
    ================================

    Like you would know.

  28. shieldsisland37 says: May 10, 2012 11:47 PM

    They are not going to cut Hargrove. They knew he was facing a suspension. He will be back well in time for the playoff push.

  29. jacksaysfu says: May 11, 2012 12:05 AM

    Jenkins was a beast for the Eagles last year . No the Eagles didn’t make the playoffs but that’s because they had a brand new defense with a bunch of new defensive starters and Castillo had to learn & teach on the fly due to the lockout . Philly literally gave up like 5 or 6 fourth quarter leads last year ,but the Eagles ended on a 4 game winning streak while the Packers dominanted in the regular season just to choke in the playoffs. The Pack will be great next year , but so will the Eagles . We’ll see who is better at seasons end .

  30. jacksaysfu says: May 11, 2012 12:11 AM

    Besides G.B should be pulling for Philly . Were the best chance to get N.Y. back for you guys . Despite an embarrassing 8-8 record the Eagles still spanked out in the East going 5-1 … Jenkins is still a beast but don’t worry cause Jerel is going to be a monster as long as he stops being lazy.

  31. johnnyb216 says: May 11, 2012 12:53 AM

    Noeffinway,
    That might not be your opinion, but the general consensus is that lambeau field is the best venue in sports. Look it up. It is widely considered the best venue in all of sports by a good majority of professional sports writers who have actually been to the alternatives. the only fields that come close are fenway park and wrigley field. Also, please let me know when they are going to blow the metrodome to the ground. I will be taking the day off of work for that one.

  32. jimmysee says: May 11, 2012 1:41 AM

    “Since jokers like you trash so many Viking threads let me hit you up with some reality. In the last 51 years the packers have had 30 seasons without playoff appearances compared to the Vikings 24. Before you pronounce perennial, check your facts first.

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    There are lies. There are damn lies. And then there are statistics!

    In those 51 years, the Packers have four SuperBowl championships, the Vikings *zero.*

    Those are the facts, Jack.

  33. coachryanmurray says: May 11, 2012 2:12 AM

    I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, but I’m also a Junior at Michigan State University. Green Bay fans, do not fret, he will be an extraordinary 5-tech as long as you can keep him motivated. I will root for him 14 games of the year. Feel lucky, with the right coaching, he will be the second (non-injury prone) coming of Tommie Harris.

  34. jeff33u says: May 11, 2012 2:54 AM

    While lambeau does have great history, it isn’t even close to being the best venue in all of sports….not even in the NFL.

    And, yes, a stadium can bring wins. Look at all the favorable calls gb gets at lambeau.

    =========================================

    http://espn.go.com/sportsnation/teamrankings/_/category/stx

    Packers are ranked #1 on the latest ESPN SportsNation list of top stadium experiences in ALL sports, not just the NFL. You are clearly in the minority and have obviously never been to Lambeau Field. It will be even more awesome and loud this year, because they are adding several thousand seats and making the bowl fully enclosed (so sound will be kept in better and there will be thousands more screaming fans). They are also adding two giant high-def scoreboards. I drive by the stadium every day and it is looking SWEET.

  35. jeff33u says: May 11, 2012 2:57 AM

    To further elaborate, no other NFL franchise ranks higher than #13 (the Seattle Seahawks at QWest)….so much for Lambeau being “not even CLOSE to the best”….Gotta love internet blowhards who confuse their random, inexperienced, uninformed opinions with truth, with no regard given to actual facts drawn from experience. It’s just like those “film critics” on IMDb who never even saw the movie they rant about….

  36. jeff33u says: May 11, 2012 3:16 AM

    One last thing – I am glad Minnesota will be getting a new stadium. The NFC North would really suffer from not having the Vikings to hate, and I can’t see becoming heated rivals with a team from Los Angeles. While I am sure the stadium will be loaded with modern amenities and such, though, Viking fans are delusional if they think it will compare to the Lambeau experience. Look at Fenway Park and Wrigley Field in baseball. There are lots of modern stadiums with bells and whistles, but nothing compares to having history and mystique. With Lambeau Field, you are watching a game where Vince Lombardi walked the sidelines, where Brett Favre pulled off his miraculous plays (and head-scratching blunders), the site of the legendary Ice Bowl, and so much more. Just looking around the stadium, you see the Ring of Honor with more legendary names on it than 2 lifetimes worth of Viking teams could hope to match. Don Hutson, Bart Starr, Reggie White, etc. You see tributes to 13 world championships (of which the Vikings have none). You have the chance to visit the first ever Hall of Fame devoted to a single team (since they were the first one to have enough legends to open such a place). You have the only team with the kind of charm that comes from presiding in the smallest town BY FAR to host a professional sports franchise (with just over 100,000 people). You have the only team that has no owner, thus the football operations are pure with winning being the only thing that matters – no ulterior motives. The only team with 4 distinct eras of glory – Curly Lambeau/Don Hutson era, Vince Lombardi/Bart Starr era, Mike Holmgren/Brett Favre era, and now the Mike McCarthy/Aaron Rodgers era. The Vikings new stadium will be great, but nobody living today will EVER see it surpass Lambeau Field in mystique, significance, or overall experience.

  37. djohnson11882 says: May 11, 2012 3:25 AM

    ohenry78 says: May 10, 2012 8:51 PM

    ——-
    Thats up for debate but what is not up for debate is that the Viking fanbase was not suckered out of $250 for useless ‘stock’.

    No one was “suckered” into buying this stock. We knew what we were putting our money into, and it was well worth it. Anyone who dislikes the Packers doing this has no idea about the history of the NFL. Being that the Packers don’t have a billionaire owner, they are owned by the city of Green Bay, and are a Non-profit organization. Meaning, any money that they collect over what it costs to operate gets distributed back into the community. So, all the money us “idiots” pay for our “worthless” stock not only keeps our team competitive, but also supports the community in which we live……….real suckers we are!!!! And, all this B.S. about the refs favoring Green Bay is laughable!!!!! I heard people whining about that in the playoff LOSS to the Giants!!!! If that was true, this is how the meeting would have sounded in the NFL offices…. Mr. Goodell: “I know that our smallest market team is playing against the largest market in the WORLD, but I think it will benefit us if the Packers win!” Everyone else: “Yea, that makes perfect sense, we don’t make much money off of T.V. ratings, so go ahead and rig this game in Green Bay’s favor, because we like them!!!!” That would also explain why David Stern always makes the Milwaukee Bucks win, just because Wisconsin is a cash cow for big time sports!!!!

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