Undrafted to underrated

Every year undrafted players get a shot in camp, most end up on the waiver wire before the start of the season. <!--Default NodeId For Cameron Worrell is 819525,2003--><A HREF=[PlayerNode:819525]>Cameron Worrell</A> looked to be headed down the same path, but when opportunity presented itself he knocked the door down.

"It was tough at the beginning because my situation, I wasn't expected to do a lot and I really had to prove myself and I'm just happy I was able to do that," Worrell said.

Fourth-round pick Todd Johnson broke his jaw in the Bears first preseason game of the year, which gave Worrell a chance to work behind Mike Brown.

Worrell literally took the ball and didn't look back. In the preseason finale Worrell returned a fumble 30 yards for a touchdown. Before that he has been known as that guy who keeps hitting people when they go up for a ball, which is a big reason he made the club.

"I think I really had to show a lot to stick around here and when the opportunity presented itself I just went out on the field and tried to show everybody around the Chicago area what kind of player I am," Worrell said.

Johnson could be out another six to eight weeks, so the undrafted free agent out of Fresno State should have a shot to stay on the 53-man roster until then and beyond.

"As much as anybody on this team, this young man deserves to be here," said head coach Dick Jauron. "Every single time we put him on the field all he did was make plays, whether it was special teams or defense and not just make them, he looked like a guy that loves to play football, and that's what we're looking for. I give him a lot of credit. It's going to take the same kind of play and effort to stay. But I don't doubt this guy, he plays hard."

The fact that Worrell is able to show enough in a training camp to make the team, while third-round pick like Roosevelt Williams is cut just after one season shows hard work can pay off.

"I know that Cameron should have a lot to feel proud about," Jauron said. "There is a guy that came in with very little expectations on our part that he would make our football team to be perfectly honest. We knew he was a good college player, but he was not a guy that we thought was a shoo-in by any stretch of the imagination."


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