Baltimore Ravens third-round draft pick Chris Wormley is a no-nonsense type of rookie.
The defensive end appears as advertised and is all business as the Ravens opened their 2017 rookie mini camp campaign. Nervous sure, but the pass rusher is happy to be back on the field.
Going from one coach Harbaugh to the other, the former Michigan standout sees a lot of the same similarities in the brothers.
“Yes, they both are hard-working coaches,” said Wormley following his first full practice as a Raven. “There are a lot of similarities I see on the defensive side of the ball.
“We work hard. The first day here was an hour-and-a-half, which was a little shorter than our four-hour practices with coach Harbaugh at Michigan, but it felt good to be back, and I could see a lot of similarities.”
Wormley, a fifth-year starter last season, will join a Ravens defense that has a drastic need for a player of his talent, a three-down player who can play in sub packages. In his collegiate career, the 6’5″ defensive end saw action in 51 games (30 starts), picking up 18 sacks and 33 tackles for losses.
Perhaps the biggest contribution the rookie defensive end can make is providing the Ravens with a pass rush late in games. That’s something we’ve seen the defense struggle with over recent years.
“Two seasons ago I did,” stated Wormley when asked if he had to play every snap at Michigan. “I did not have a backup that we could trust in, I guess, and then this year, we had a freshman come in that was pretty good and we had beaten teams pretty badly, so I was out for a lot of the fourth quarters.
“I am used to playing 50-60 plays.”
Dean Pees is likely to use his new rookie in a rotational role along the defensive front and that fits Wormley just fine.
“I think especially as a rookie, you will take every snap you can get. If I play 30 plays, great.
“It also helps with running to the ball and that hustle and that fourth quarter stamina – being able to endure those four quarters and being able to play just as hard as you do on the first play as you do on the 30th play.
“There are definitely some benefits to rotating.”
Wormley could see his role increase drastically if he can translate his college success to the NFL, particularly to the way the Ravens play defense, something he is all to familiar with.
“Yes. [former Ravens DC] Coach [Greg] Mattison was our defensive coordinator for the first two years I was there [at Michigan], and there are a lot of similarities – a lot of the same calls, a lot of the same defenses. When you see those words and you see those defenses, it makes it a little bit easier to pick up on it and the adjustments in play calls are helpful.”
While there will be plenty of time to tell whether or not Wormley will be as advertised, for now the rookie is all business and seems to fit the Ravens defensive mold.
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