On Sunday August 18th, Paul Worrilow’s time with the Philadelphia eagles came to an end. Here are three immediate reactions.
Again, this isn’t a shock. Few saw Worrilow making this team, but his actual release may have come a little earlier than some of us thought that it would.
Here’s the official announcement courtesy of the Eagles’ official Twitter account.
Here are three initial thoughts following the move.
1. Could Philly make another surprise signing?
The Eagles have had no issue with adding to their roster even with the reguar season rapidly approaching. As you know teams are allowed to carry 90 guys through the preseason before they have to make roster cuts.
As it stands now, Philly has 88 guys on the current active roster with Jalen Mills on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list and with Shelton Gibson and Joe Ostman on the team’s IR (injured reserve).
2. This one makes you wonder what could have been.
Worrilow joined the Atlanta Falcons in 2013 after going undrafted in that year’s NFL Draft. The first four seasons of his career were spent with the ‘dirty birds’ before a single season with the Detroit Lions led him to another nest in 2018, that of the Philadelphia Eagles.
With him, he brought 415 career tackles, four sacks, 11 pass deflections, three forced fumbles, and two interceptions. His addition to the Eagles’ lineup excited some about what he’d be able to contribute, but things never got going. He suffered a torn ACL on May 22nd of 2018, the first day of OTAs and was placed on the team’s IR on June 13th of that same year.
He signed a one-year extension on January 30th of this year, but injuries have slowed him again. His time is now up in Philly, and some would venture to state his time is up in the NFL as well.
3. What happens now at linebacker?
Who knows what will happen at the linebacker position now. Maybe T.J. Edwards will get a shot as Philly has almost no depth at the middle linebacker position. Nigel Bradham‘s called the defensive plays before, but he’s still getting healthy.
There’s Zach Brown, who’s been struggling, seemingly, since his arrival. That leaves guys who are more suited to play the outside linebacker position, the aforementioned Edwards, Alex Singleton, Nathan Gerry, Kamu Grugier-Hill (aho’s also hurt), L.J. Fort, and Asantay Brown. Don’t be surprised if Philly adds a linebacker this week.