The Eagles are Trading for Daryl Worley. Is He Any Good?

Photo Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

I just came across this photo of Howie Roseman walking out of the NovaCare Complex after trading a 29-year old, five million dollar wide receiver for a 23-year-old, $850,000 cornerback:

The Birds are reportedly sending Torrey Smith to Carolina for Daryl Worley, clearing more than four million dollars of salary in the process, something they can benefit from as soon as the new league calendar begins on March 14th. They do not, however, get the pre-date, instant savings because Smith was traded instead of cut.

On the flip side, Michael Bennett’s added salary doesn’t factor in until after March 14th, so while that’s a boon, Howie still has to trim about $9 million over the next few days.

Make sense? It’s a dumb rule.

When this trade goes through, the Eagles will have these guys on the CB depth chart:

  • Jalen Mills – 23 years old
  • Ronald Darby – 24 years old
  • Rasul Douglas – 23 years old
  • Sidney Jones – 21 years old
  • Daryl Worley – 23 years old

People seem to think Darby might be on the block now, but I’m not so sure. He only costs you about one million dollars going into the last year of his rookie deal, plus the Eagles carried six corners last season, which is those first four guys plus Jaylen Watkins and Patrick Robinson. Watkins is a restricted free agent who will not be tendered.

Robinson is an unrestricted free agent, so the Birds will need someone in the slot next season if he goes, and Worley did play a bit of that in Carolina but was primarily, predominantly used as the #2 CB, playing on the right opposite of James Bradberry. Captain Munnerlyn I’m pretty sure was the main slot guy down there, though I seem to recall that Worley played a bit of slot for the Panthers against the Eagles in October.

He was definitely in the slot when Zach Ertz beat him for this touchdown:

Bit of a push? Maybe. Not like Carolina didn’t get the better of the officiating in that game…

Worley is 6’1″, 198 pounds, so he’s somewhere between a corner and safety in size. Going back to his college days (he played at WVU with Rasul Douglas), he was sort of a ‘tweener’ in a 3-3-5 stack defense, which was tweaked to combat Big 12 passing attacks. The design uses a spur safety to flex between different sub packages and disguise blitzes:

I always wondered if that transition from a gimmicky college defense to a traditional NFL defense was difficult for guys like Worley, Douglas, and Karl Joseph, who plays for the Raiders. Rasul had some good plays and some bad plays this season, but didn’t look out of place as a rookie on a great defense.

Worley, the most penalized player on the Carolina defense, seems to get mixed reviews from Panther fans. Some think he improved as the season progressed and some think he was awful:

Being not “particularly ass” is the biggest compliment a man can receive.

Worley started 14 games last year with two interceptions and 10 passes defended, playing alongside safeties Kurt Coleman and Mike Adams. The Panthers had a good defensive front but weren’t exactly the ’85 Bears in totality, ranking 18th in passing defense and giving up 25 touchdowns to finish 22nd out of 32 teams.

Pro Football Focus grades Worley with a 58.9, ranking him as the league’s 89th best corner and in the bottom half of the barrel. That’s not great, but I don’t have access to the advanced data they used to make their determinations.

Let’s take a look at the Eagles game film, where he was matched up against… Torrey Smith! Smith finished with one catch for six yards, which took place on the second play of the game. It isn’t even worth showing.

Really the only action outside of that Ertz touchdown was this 16-yard reception he allowed to Marcus Johnson:

Technique looks fine, and he keeps Johnson in front of him, but that’s a nice design by the Eagles to roll Carson Wentz out of the pocket and escape the rush.

In the playoff game, Worley game up a handful of catches, which most corners are going to do playing New Orleans on the road. Drew Brees went for 376 yards and 2 touchdowns, though Worley wasn’t beat on either of those scores.

This was his one and only pass breakup:

By my count, he was targeted five times, allowing two catches for 36 yards, committing two holding penalties, and then breaking up the pass you saw above.

Worley isn’t the fastest guy out there, but he does a nice job of closing the gap and tackles pretty well:

That’s better than what Asante Samuel gave you in that department. The Eagles corners actually tackled really well this year before hitting that little slump at the end of the regular season.

Some good, some bad, and a bunch of this, which I mentioned above:

That’s second year, third round kind of stuff. It’s a mixed bag, but the penalties were a killer.

That’s a brief look at some of the things he does well and doesn’t do well. Worley is entering his third season, still only 23 years old with upside and a good chunk of experience under his belt. He’ll look better on a Jim Schwartz defense that features Malcolm Jenkins, Rodney McLeod, and the NFL’s best line.

By the way, this trade adds a fifth Mountaineer to the Eagles roster, with Worley joining Douglas, Wendell Smallwood, Najee Goode, and Shelton Gibson. They’re mostly peripheral guys, but it’s nice to see, since most of our boys flame out in the NFL.

I’m looking at you, Geno Smith.

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  • gizmo March 9, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    Howie loves west virgina

  • Jose can you see March 9, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    The Eagles will be meeting with Richard Sherman on Monday b

  • Kc Armstrong March 9, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Let’s talk about how I want to get DP’d by Bendover Davis and Gabe Kaplin.

    • Bendover Davis March 9, 2018 at 5:28 pm


      • Wheelz March 9, 2018 at 5:42 pm

        Ben likes it middle in if you know what I mean!

  • James March 9, 2018 at 5:47 pm

    Two words: Special Teams

  • Danica P March 9, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    Nothing on Nick Foles being traded to the Vikings for a first rd pick in 2018 and a 3rd round pick in 2019?

    Way to keep up guys.

  • Yam bag March 9, 2018 at 6:37 pm

    I’ll believe that as soon as Trish Sports posts it.

  • Cowboy Dave March 9, 2018 at 6:58 pm

    It’s hysterical watching you idiots trying to polish a turd with this trade. The high and mighty gold standard traded for a guy who is the clinical definition of why black people get called the n word in Michael Bennet but suddenly don’t care about their holier than thou moral compass. Then they tradea lazy underperforming more for a teams garbage.

    Eagles go 7-9 next year and get face fucked by the remainder that WE HAVE 5 SUPER BOWL TROPHIES. WE DEM BOYS

    • FlyEaglesFly BirdsOfPrey March 9, 2018 at 9:17 pm

      Shut the fuck up and carry that noise somewhere else. I swear Cowgirls fans are getting even worse talking about five Superbowls that hold no reference to this decade. You need to worry about Dakota Rayne(most feminine name a man can have) Prescott regressing and crybaby soft as sharmen Dez Bryant being a distraction and playing ass. We got the Lombardi and we making moves to try and keep while the boys shitty ass front office jerk each other off watching moves be made boy.

      • isitbadthatireallyliketonyromointhebooth? March 12, 2018 at 7:55 am

        “talking about five Superbowls that hold no reference to this decade”

        I think you meant “this century”.
        Remember, the cowboys last ring is legally old enough to buy a beer.

    • Len Barry - singer, songwriter , producer March 9, 2018 at 11:17 pm

      Yo cowboy Dave ,

      Keep watching your 5 Super Bowls on vhs while I watch mine on dvd. I’m sipping on a greeb flash Palate Wrecker watching the dvd now. You Pussy

    • 2 in the kinker, 1 in the stinker March 10, 2018 at 1:52 am

      It’s weird that such a big cowboys fan is constantly checking up on an eagles blog. Don’t you have an always overrated Dallas team to keep up on? I guess it must be boring following a team that never makes the playoffs and probably won’t for the next decade. Embarrassing owner/GM, horrible head coach, starting qb isn’t even as good as the eagles back up, idiot RB that will probably get suspended again, there’s alot of exciting things in your future as a cowboys fan.

    • Croyden cowboy March 10, 2018 at 1:56 am

      We still meating up later at the cowboy bukake party? Can’t wait for the dudes in cowboy hats to shoot their hot lassos on us while we make out. WE DEM BOYS!!

      • Globe troller March 10, 2018 at 11:36 am


        Dude proofread. Your lack of intelligence is glaring.

        • 2 in the kinker, 1 in the stinker March 11, 2018 at 4:49 am

          Bro, he definitely wrote meating instead of meeting because he was getting meat from dudes. You’re a total tool if you didn’t catch that.

    • Moral Compass March 10, 2018 at 6:53 am

      You can tell the dope is a FOX news guy.

      Makes sense. Part time fan and cowardly online racist.

      • Paul jolovitz fan club president March 10, 2018 at 7:18 am

        Some day we will have laws that will prevent hate speech and racism. Let’s hope these dopes are smart enough to vote for Elizabeth Warren in 2020.

        • Moral Compass March 10, 2018 at 8:42 am

          Page 3 of the Hannity playbook.

          Prop Warren up as the front runner for the Dems and keep repeating. The lemmings will believe it is true.

          • Paul jolovitz fan club president March 10, 2018 at 8:59 am

            Elizabeth Warren will wipe the floor with Trump. Her policies are exactly what we need. We need to outlaw hate speech and racism. Ban and confiscate all guns. Equal pay. We need to increase welfare. We need more Muslims here. And most importantly, we need equal rights for all gender identities.

          • kLyle scott fan club president March 10, 2018 at 9:01 am

            Well said.

    • zach wentz March 12, 2018 at 7:26 pm

      eagles win next three bowls and content for the next 10-15 years. cowboys/giants/pats fans lives are about to SUUUUUUUCK.

      Choke on that

  • Cowboy dave March 10, 2018 at 6:17 am

    Y’all maad crazy yo! Y’all got Foles and his big thick dick and y’all trying to run him out of town? Y’all stupid.

    • Cash me outside girl March 10, 2018 at 7:14 am

      How bow dat?

    • Croyden cowboy March 11, 2018 at 4:53 am

      I’m trying to have Nick run down mt throat.

  • Chuck Woolery March 10, 2018 at 8:11 am

    Bit of a push? Where? I understand that you, as a writer, didn’t necessarily play the game, but that’s just plain ignorant. Worley has terrible hip rotation and will most likely be converted to safety.

    • Shakira March 10, 2018 at 8:47 am

      The hips don’t lie.

      • Wyclef jean March 10, 2018 at 9:25 am

        Shakira Shakira

  • Indian Creek March 10, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    Broken Goblet is donating a % of its Kelce inspired beer to charity.

    Kyle makes unauthorized T Shirts to fund his “six figure” lifestyle.

    One is a real business, the other wastes investors money on dick jokes , I’ll let you guess…..

  • Fred March 10, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    Thank god we have Trump as president. He has made us profitable and prosperous. And now he is going to be the 1st sitting president to meet with North Korea. How foolish does the left look now?

    • Shart Shartveit March 10, 2018 at 5:22 pm

      Bragging that you are meeting with the President of North Korea is like bragging you won the raffle to sit next to the guy covered in puke and peed up pants on the Erin Express.

      “You guys called me a fool, but now I get to sit next to Tommy!
      ” You mean the guy in the Limp Bizkit shirt, white Champion hi-tops, and piss over his pants?”

      • Sterling k brown March 10, 2018 at 5:46 pm

        Yea but Obama never had the stones to do it. You gots to be diplomatic if you da president. Trumps ite. Dats why all da black folk voted for him.

      • Tommy March 10, 2018 at 10:00 pm

        I didn’t piss myself I spilled my beer on my lap.

    • Jimbo Bob March 11, 2018 at 4:53 am

      Prosperous? Look at the currency and bond markets to see where the real global money thinks of US fiscal and monetary policy under Trump.

  • Tony ducks March 10, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    I would love to party with obj.

  • Jimbo Bob March 11, 2018 at 4:50 am

    No but they were going to release Smith if they didn’t find a trading partner. This way they get a cheap, younger player they can look at in camp and decide if he is a fit or not.

  • One term donny March 11, 2018 at 7:54 am

    I appreciate the support but we are far from profitable. The tax cuts are nice but don’t make us profitable.

    I see you are a FOX repeater. Please let everyone know the wall is almost built and Mexico is paying for it. We are going to pretend I changed NAFTA and the result is Mexican money built the nonexistent wall.

    Catch you on Twitter, Patriot.

  • Vern March 11, 2018 at 10:23 am

    Kyle, please block all pro Trump comments.

  • Paul jolovitz fan club president March 11, 2018 at 10:27 am

    Hillary needed to beat Sanders. The party knew it and did what they needed to do. It was her turn. If it weren’t for her going on hot97 and pissing off all the black people , she would have won. Trump and the Republican Party are racist.

    • John q public March 11, 2018 at 2:12 pm

      Elizabeth Warren 2020 Baby!!!!!!!!!


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