Less than 24 hours after the Ravens defeated the Eagles in a preseason game cut short by the elements, the Ravens picked up a player that the Eagles didn’t want anymore. Released on August 18, inside linebacker, Paul Worrilow needed a new home. He found one in Baltimore. The former 2013 undrafted free agent was signed by the Ravens on Friday. Worrilow began his career with the Falcons, and between 2013 and 2015, started 43 out of 48 games. The strong start to his career launched Worrilow into a position that undrafted players can only dream of, but the former Delaware Blue Hen would start to face setbacks in 2016.
Worrilow lost his starting job to Dione Jones in 2016. The following year, he signed with the Detriot Lions. Worrilow started just 8 games in Detriot and left the “Motor City” after just one year. Worrilow signed with the Eagles in 2018, but an ACL tear on the first day of OTAs ended his season before it even began. Worrilow extended his contract with the Eagles earlier this year but was released on August 18.
The Ravens sign Worrilow to immediately compete for a starting spot at inside linebacker. Baltimore is not overly confident with the play of second-year Kenny Young or the former and current undrafted, Alvin Jones and Otaro Alaka respectively. Chris Board was on track to earn the starting nod next to Patrick Onwuasor, but a concussion will keep him sidelined for the foreseeable future.
Worrilow has a major opportunity to revive his career in Baltimore. If he succeeds in Martindale’s system throughout the remainder of the preseason, he could earn the starting job. He must first prove his worth, however, and beat out Kenny Young, Alvin Jones, and Otaro Alaka. Regardless if he becomes the starter, the move allows the Ravens to better survey the field of inside linebackers for the right player to fit the system.