The Bengals have added their third former Ohio State Buckeye of the offseason in undrafted free agent Chris Worley. Worley will be joining his former teammates Billy Price and Sam Hubbard in Cincinnati. Price was the team’s first round pick and Hubbard was one of two third round picks for the Bengals.
Ohio State linebacker Chris Worley is signing with the Cincinnati Bengals, per source. Another Buckeye headed to Cincinnati.— Dan Hope (@Dan_Hope) April 28, 2018
Worley played both inside and outside linebacker while playing in Columbus. The Bengals could use him as a backup for either position, or use him as special teams player.
Worley will join Malik Jefferson as a rookie linebacker with the Bengals. All eyes will be on the linebacker position on opening day with Vontaze Burfict serving yet another suspension.
Over his four years at Ohio State, Worley gathered in 153 tackles, one interception, and forced three fumbles. Worley could be a great fit for the Bengals, who have a history of turning out good special teams players. Alex Erickson, Clayton Fejedelem (who was an alternate for the 2017 Pro Bowl), and Cedric Peerman (who went to the Pro Bowl as a special teams player) are great examples of players who initially relied their special teams abilities to keep a spot on the Bengals roster. Worley probably won’t have quite the same impact, but he is a player who could flourish under special teams coordinator Darrin Simmons’ coaching.