The Super Bowl champions are adding some depth on defense and special teams.
The Eagles are signing linebacker Paul Worrilow, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Worrilow played about a quarter of the Lions’ defensive snaps and about half of their special teams stats last season. That was his only year in Detroit after previously playing four seasons in Atlanta.
He’s a lock to pick up starts in all three of those games, probably at third base with Maikel Franco shifting to DH, and that might well provide the opportunity for the rookie to build up hitting momentum and nail down an everyday role. Although the Phillies’ hitting rating is middling — 6 overall and for both left- and right-handers — mostly due to the pitching-friendly nature of Tropicana Field, this is a good week to rely on them for a volume advantage.
He was tendered at the original round level of $1.907 million, and since he was undrafted wouldn’t have cost another team any compensation to sign away.
He earned the starting left guard job, and has 33 starts in three seasons. He led the league in performance-based pay this year, picking up an extra $489,782.35 for last season.
My value picks for Week 2 both come from the St. Louis Cardinals, who face four (and possibly five) right-handed starters in seven games, miss both Chase Anderson and Luis Castillo in their opponents’ rotations and have one of the week’s best stolen base matchup ratings.
Dexter Fowler (available in roughly 40 percent of ESPN leagues) is the team’s typical leadoff man who has underrated stolen base skills, while Kolten Wong (available in roughly 95 percent) showed a more aggressive approach on the base paths during the preseason that hasn’t shown itself since the games began to count. Both should be in your lineup for this favorable schedule.