The Las Vegas Raiders are bringing back a familiar face, re-signing veteran cornerback Daryl Worley, he confirmed on his Instagram.
The secondary has suffered some key injuries heading into the final stretch of the 2020 NFL season. With playoff implications on the line, the Raiders have opted to bring in some reinforcements.
Las Vegas is going to be shorthanded when they host the Indianapolis Colts in Week 14 with cornerback Damon Arnette, safety Johnathan Abram and cornerback Isaiah Johnson all expected to be sidelined with injuries. As a result, they were in need of some much-needed depth over the top as soon as possible.
Worley’s experience in head coach Jon Gruden and defensive coordinator Paul Guenther’s system should help provide a sense of continuity on defense, He first joined the Raiders as a free agent in 2018 and earned immediate praise from Gruden for his versatility on defense.
After becoming a free agent last offseason, Worley has moved around a little bit, playing for both the Dallas Cowboys and Buffalo Bills this season before returning to the Raiders. Overall in eight games this season, he has 14 total tackles and a pass defensed.
Worley and the secondary will certainly have their work cut out trying to contain the Colts’ 1-2 punch at wideout with T.Y. Hilton and Michael Pittman. Hilton is coming off a stellar performance versus the Houston Texans that saw him register 110 yards and two touchdowns.
There is no question that Worley’s return provides the Raiders with some quality depth over the top. Regardless, they will need to find a way to stay healthy if they hope to remain in the playoff picture over these next crucial weeks.
The Raiders also will not have much time to recover with their Thursday Night showdown against the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 15. Given the current status of their secondary, Worley will have an opportunity to make an immediate impact on defense that could potentially translate into the postseason.