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Chris Wormley Should Not Be Ignored As An Impact Player

So far, in Chris Wormley's short career, we have received small sample sizes of his potential.

Last season, Wormley played in 13 games and recorded eight total tackles with a sack and tackle for loss. What is interesting to note: Wormley played only 148 defensive snaps and registered an overall grade of 83.0, according to Pro Football Focus, one of highest grades on the team.

Entering the 2021 season, the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive line is arguably the deepest position on the roster. In addition to added Isaiahh Loudermilk in this year's NFL Draft, they still have Carlos Davis, their 2020 seventh-round pick, along with their 2019 sixth-round pick, Isaiah Buggs and veteran Tyson Alualu.

For Wormley, availability will be key, as a knee injury last season kept him on injured reserve for three straight weeks. Despite missing time, his play earned him a two-year extension, which he signed in March.

Wormley also has position versatility to his advantage. During his time with the Baltimore Ravens, Wormley played both interior and defensive end. In 2019, he registered 33 total tackles with 1.5 sacks, two tackles for loss, and six quarterback hits. His ability to produce at different spots can only increase his value to the defense.

This year's Steelers defense could be defined by the play of their defensive line. Even with the small sample size, Wormley has shown the type of skill set that could make him an important contributor in the season. After enduring the obstacles from an emotionally-draining season, he can only go up from this point.

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