There wasn’t much reaction from Atlanta Falcons fans or foes when they signed relatively unknown and undrafted rookie linebacker Paul Worrilow, but that was at the time of his signing.
Oh, what a difference a game makes.
The overall game Thursday night ended up being a loss, but the Falcons came away with a clear winner in former Delaware Blue Hens’ star Worrilow. He entered the game in the second quarter and didn’t look back. Eleven tackles marked his auspicious preseason debut for the Falcons, and I expect there will be many more before the preseason is said and done.
Falcons head coach Mike Smith was impressed as well, though I believe his words were probably a bit understated: “Paul has done a very nice job for us…had a couple of really nice tackles, and I think he did some really nice things on special teams as well.”
In this case, ‘nice’ to Smith equates to ‘wow’ for the rest of us.
As for Worrilow, he relished the chance for full-on game play: “It felt a little better to actually finish on the ball and run full-speed, be able to run through ball carriers. That’s always a plus.”
That is indeed a plus…for the Falcons and their fans. If Worrilow continues on this path, the other linebackers in contention for spots on the 53-man roster—established or not—better sit up and take notice…and be prepared to leave it all on the field. Worrilow isn’t a lock just yet, but he’s well on his way to getting there.