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AFC North Whispers

Steelers rookie Worilds showing promise

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By PFW staff

Here are several whispers we've been hearing from around the AFC North:

• He's shown promise, but developing more pass-rush moves is a must for Steelers rookie reserve OLB Jason Worilds, the way we hear it. Worilds helped clinch the Week Seven win at Miami by hitting Dolphins QB Chad Henne as he threw the ball, forcing an interception on Miami's final offensive play. "He made the significant play when we needed it," Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin said, who noted that "(there) is big-time room for growth when you're talking about a young man, detail of assignments and so forth." Worilds has good speed off the edge, and his hit on Henne came when he didn't give up on the play after he was initially routed out of the pocket by Dolphins ORT Vernon Carey. When Henne rolled right, Worilds closed quickly. Worilds notched his first career sack at Tampa Bay in Week Three.

• Browns rookie WR Carlton Mitchell could get more of a look after the bye, the way we hear it. Inactive for the first six games of the season, Mitchell played in his first regular-season game in Week Seven but was not targeted in the passing game. 

• Bengals rookie DE Carlos Dunlap could see an uptick in playing time with Antwan Odom suspended for two more games and Jonathan Fanene aggravating a hamstring injury in the Week Seven loss to Atlanta. Dunlap has appeared in just two games this season, notching one tackle.

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