Steelers vs Bills Film Review: Jason Worilds

So far through two preseason games, Pittsburgh Steelers outside linebacker Jason Worilds has yet to really light the world on fire. While he hasn’t particularly played poorly by any means, he has yet to offer much beyond the intentional grounding call that should have been a sack.

He hasn’t exactly picked up where he left off a year ago, which inspired the front office to put the transition tag on him this year, paying him nearly $10 million to play in 2014 and discouraging talks of a contract extension.

In the last preseason game, Worilds did show brief flashes here and there in both the running game and the passing game, but there were also some missteps.

This mid-first quarter play was one of his better showings on the night. On first down to begin Buffalo’s second possession, the Bills tried to block Worilds with tight end Scott Chandler, but the linebacker wasn’t having it. Worilds used his speed to gain the inside shoulder and, even while getting an armbar from the tight end, still made the tackle on C.J. Spiller along with Cam Thomas after a two-yard carry.

Later on the drive, Worilds used his speed again to dip inside right tackle Erik Pears. The penetration forced E.J. Manuel to rush his throw on a screen to running back Fred Jackson. The only problem was that the play didn’t have enough time to develop. Cameron Heyward was right there to make the tackle for a five-yard loss.

For most of the night, Worilds struggled against Pears when it came to rushing the passer, however. He didn’t have a good night overall as a pass rusher, but he did put together two consecutive plays early in the second quarter.

On first down, Worilds gave tight end Lee Smith the false inside step before moving outside, swatting the tight end’s hands away for a nearly clear path to the quarterback until Jackson picked him up, whom Worilds nearly drove right into Manuel.

On second and 10, Worilds made quick work of fullback Frank Summers in pass protection, who was left on his own to block the outside linebacker in the hopes that the play action would slow him down. Summers attempted a cut block, but Worilds easily slipped around it, kept his feet, and showed great pursuit to the quarterback, bringing him down for what should have been a sack, had he not thrown the ball for an intentional grounding.

The only other play of much significance on the night for Worilds is this juke from the running back Jackson that got the best of the fifth-year linebacker. He also victimized Lawrence Timmons on the same play, but most of the running he did after evading these tackles was laterally.

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  • steeltown

    I think Worilds has played well thus far

    There’s good overall penetration upfront on those 3 passing plays above. That’s very encouraging.

  • srdan

    Veterans are hard to judge in the preseason. But he has been solid. His play against the run is underrated.

  • PA2AK

    I think he is settling into something good.

  • Puretalent6

    It’s the pre-season, relax!! He will do his thing during the season. Some fans and writers are never satisfied.

  • Virdin Barzey

    Looks good to me. Getting off the line and around his blockers plus putting pressure on the QB. What’s not to like? There is a lot that goes into getting a sack and I think 93 is doing his part so far. Plus I really want to see him go hard as he did last year in the regular season not so much preseason.

  • Roger (G.)

    Jason Worilds = meh.
    I don’t see a $10,000,000.00 OLB right now. Let that sink in
    it’s $10,000,000.00….lotta zeros there

  • Alan Felicia

    Worilds did have a slow start a season ago. Plus, Worilds should still be motivated this season for a bigger payday!

  • Alan Felicia

    Totally agree, however, $10M is the going rate for a good/solid pass rusher and he’s only making $9.7M.
    IMHO, Worilds will never be as good as Porter, Harrison, or even a “healthy” Woodley. However, he’s good enough to hold down the fort until the front office find that next great OLB. Like what Dave B said (months ago), Worilds play skills compares to Clark Haggans.

  • srdan

    I disagree.

    The worldis we saw the last 8 games is better than woodley and haggans. If that is who he is, pay the man $10/year.

    However his name shouldn’t be spoken in teh same sentence as Joey and Harrison. lol And not just because the side he plays.

  • steeltown

    Ha! It’s the NFL, none of these guys are worth what they make. C.Carter has made close to $2MIL over the last couple yrs… madness

  • Alan Felicia

    Talk to me when Worilds records 9 or more sacks 4 straight seasons (including 3 straight double digit sacks recorded). Until then, he’s a notch below Woodley, correction, a “healthy” Woodley. LOL!

  • Zurich1012

    Its too soon to tell how Worilds will play. I agree with the Haggans assessment. Worilds is not on par with Woodley. Woodleys biggest issue was his inability to stay healthy. His frequent injuries diminished his momentum and disrupted his on the field flow and rhythm but he was a very good player.

  • MC

    Hey Matthew Marczi thanks for putting up these film reviews. As someone who plays the game i love studying certain plays to brush up on my skills. Greatly appreciate it.
    Worilds did a nice job setting the edge in this game. Hopefully when reg season starts he has a couple more gears he can shift it into.

  • Madi

    Uh, I’ll take a sack and some pressures in exchange for one missed tackle on a 2 yard run. Especially in one half of play. Once the season starts he might receive too much attention to pick up where he left off, but that will just help others. He’s good to go.

  • srdan

    That point of view is hard to argue.

    But two things I could throw back at you. Woodley did it behind Aaron, Casey and Kiesel with Joey and Harrison on the other side. Second, there is no such thing in the NFL “if he were healthy”.

    One more thing. Not long ago we questioned our front office for the shamarko move. When Wallace wouldn’t sign his contract, two days later AB was signed. These are examples of how our front office shows their brilliance. I have faith in the moves they make, and if they give a 10mm contract to an OLB with limited game samples, I am sure that there is more behind it than the average fans sees, like you or me. They could have easily kept 56 and let 93 walk. and they chose to keep Worldis. So I think colbert would agree wtih me over your point of view.

    Woodleys brilliance for four seasons is hard to dispute.