Worley, the Panthers third round pick in this year’s draft, is going through camp with two other rookie defensive backs, James Bradberry and Zack Sanchez, at his side.
The trio has a nickname: ‘The Three Amigos’.
“I can say it helps our pocket when we have to go out and buy stuff,” Worley said, with a chuckle, of the chore of providing snacks to the veterans.
It also helps with the learning curve. When one rookie has a question, the other two are all ears.
“Being able to know that there are guys in the same position as you, it definitely gives you a level of comfort-ability,” Worley said. “You are able to learn from watching someone else make the mistake. Vets make mistakes, rookies make mistakes, its all a learning process.”
On Monday, the young secondary was on display as the vocal leader of the unit, Kurt Coleman, was given a vet day. Worley nabbed his second interception of camp picking off Cam Newton. Fifth round pick Zack Sanchez had a nice day with a pass-breakup of a long pass from Newton intended for Devin Funchess.
Sanchez is learning both cornerback and the nickel position while second round pick Bradberry and Worley are solely focusing on cornerback.
“All three look very confident,” Rivera said. “Zack (Sanchez) is really being taxed, he’s asked to do a lot and he’s handled it very well. That’s a feather in his cap.”
With the departure of Josh Norman, the retirement of Charles Tillman and Bene Benwikere currently on the ‘PUP list’, the ‘three amigos’ are being thrown in the fire. To this point, the trio has responded well.
“I know one thing we wanted to do was come out with confidence and have a full understanding of the playbook,” (We) just be able to do our jobs and play in the scheme of the defense.”
And if that can happen the secondary will be set for years to come.