Atlanta Falcons: In Loss, Undrafted Rookie Refuses to be Out-Shined
With the Atlanta Falcons latest defeat to the Carolina Panthers 34-10, their inability to perform was filled with turnovers, penalties, missed tackles and poor decision-making. In a game where the Dirty Birds exhibited an ugly performance that would most likely outshine anything good the Falcons did, undrafted linebacker Paul Worrilow somehow managed to be a tiny ray of sunshine on a lunar eclipse day against the Panthers.
Through out the entire game, Matt Ryan and Co. struggled to find any offensive rhythm, especially in the second half. For all the things going wrong for the Falcons this year, it is often easy to overlook some of the few bright spots on a team that has glaring holes as big as the moon itself.
In the loss, Worrilow placed himself in the history books for the Falcons, as he had an outstanding game by leading the defense with 19 tackles. With that performance, Worrilow joins former Falcons linebacker Curtis Lofton as the only two players recording the most tackles in a single game for the franchise since 1994.
Unfortunately for Worrilow, the Falcons enjoyed another lopsided loss and now owns a record of 2-6 on the year, which places them only above the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the NFC South standings.
Still, Worrilow has quietly put together a strong season since taking over for Stephen Nicholas as the starting outside linebacker back in Week 4. Already possessing a knack for the football, Worrilow is also a solid tackler and has been one of the more consistent defensive players for Mike Nolan’s unit. Although the Falcons’ defense is ranked near the bottom of the league, it is reassuring to at least see some of the younger players for the Falcons to step up their play and take this season as a learning experience.
In a game where the Falcons’ look completely lost, Worrilow refused to be out-shined, as he made his mark all over the field for the Dirty Birds. With the season most likely headed towards the abyss, Falcons’ fans will be hoping that Worrilow can continue to develop and become a solid defender for them next season.