Amos' flexbility, usage dependent on Packers' next move at safety

-- Big things are going to be expected out of Adrian Amos in 2019.

Arguably the Green Bay Packers' biggest free agent acquisition of the spring, Amos will be testing the waters in a new defensive system -- and for a new defensive coordinator -- for the first time in his career.

Prior to last season's meeting in December, the only other time Amos was on the winning end of a meeting between the Packers and Chicago Bears, his former team, was Thanksgiving night in 2015. Since that season, which was Amos' rookie year, the Bears lost five of the ensuing six meetings.

Little of that is to the fault of Amos, whose contract expired at the end of last season and was allowed to test the market. The Packers quickly pounced on the opportunity to sign him and engineer a heel-turn for Amos.

"It’s a business. It’s all a business," Amos said on Good Morning Football last week. "Let it be known, they let me go into free agency and the Green Bay Packers, they made it well-known they wanted me to play for them. They were out on the forefront of all the teams and basically said we want you and we have a plan for you."

Mike Pettine, his new coordinator, will presumably have all sorts of plans for Amos. A multi-positional weapon to add into the arsenal, Amos played a large portion of his snaps for the Bears last year at free safety; precisely where one of the Packers' most glaring deficiencies is.

The plan last season -- after flipping Ha Ha Clinton-Dix to the Washington Redskins for a fourth-round pick -- was to work cornerback Tramon Williams into the fold at free safety and have him play the remainder of the year there as the starter. While he didn't underperform and may have even exceeded expectations in single-high situations, the 36-year old veteran isn't the solution.

It may be in the Packers' best interest to disregard any new, reconfigured plans to insert Amos as a full-time free safety. While interchanging him wouldn't necessarily be the worst possibility, the Packers still need to aim high for a safety in the draft later this month and provide themselves with the luxury of flexibility.

With the No. 12, No. 30, No. 44 and No. 75 overall picks in the first three rounds of the draft, the Packers will have more than enough talent to choose from when it comes to selecting their next starting safety.

Prospects such as Nasir Adderley, who shares a bloodline with Hall of Famer Herb Adderley, out of Delaware, Mississippi State's Johnathan Abram, Maryland's Darnell Savage and Florida's Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, among several others, headline a deep group of playmakers.

Any scenario that takes place will likely see 2017 second-round pick Josh Jones continue to serve in the box as a hybrid linebacker, as he has yet to demonstrate the ability to play on the back end. The Packers are hoping for a jump in his third season -- similar to that of linebacker Kyler Fackrell's -- but nothing is set in stone with his development.

Amos will have an opportunity to square off against his former team right out of the gate with the Packers scheduled to travel to Chicago for the 2019 regular-season opener. 

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Zachary Jacobson is a staff writer/reporter for Cheesehead TV. He's the voice of The Leap on iTunes and can be heard on The Scoop KLGR 1490 AM every Saturday morning. He's also a contributor on the Pack-A-Day Podcast. He can be found on Twitter via @ZachAJacobson or contacted through email at [email protected].

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Coldworld's picture

April 02, 2019 at 02:53 pm

Agreed. We can not be done with adding to our safety options. The only question is how will the additional new blood be assembled. I’m still expecting some kind of veteran signing, probably two if Cambell can pass a physical, even if they take a safety in the first three rounds of the draft.

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stockholder's picture

April 02, 2019 at 04:41 pm

I'm not expecting any Safety FA. The draft has the safety of the future @30. I like many believe Thornhill and Thompson are in play. If safety is a hole many believe. The packers will not trade @30.

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Lare's picture

April 02, 2019 at 05:25 pm

I'll admit, I'm still kind of intrigued about the idea of playing Josh Jackson at FS. He would seem to have all the tools and it would eliminate the problems he had with grabbing WR's at the LOS. He already knows Pettine's scheme, it would allow for the Packers to have two interchangeable CB/FS players in him & Williams in case of injury, it would put Jones in more of a hybrid linebacker position and would let Brown utilize his speed at the CB position.

Might be worth a try.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

April 02, 2019 at 08:44 pm

As always well thought out Lare. I think come July LF and Pettine will know where Josh best plays and he will get most his reps there. Would not be surprised if it is Safety.

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Bearmeat's picture

April 02, 2019 at 02:54 pm

Amos may be reliable, but he's not a difference maker at FS. I want a mistake eraser - like Collins. Those guys flip the field.

After CB1, OLB1, perhaps FS is the most important position of a 34 defense...

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holmesmd's picture

April 02, 2019 at 03:30 pm

Finding a difference maker at FS for a reasonable price is more luck than anything else. I wouldn’t limit Amos’ ability as he’s only been in the league for 4 years. Collins didn’t break out until year 4. I would target Adderley at #30 or #44 depending how the board falls. Greene also appears to excite even the new GB coaches so we may have something there as well. Brown is very intriguing to me as a FS. Blazing speed, CB background, willing tackler, very good ball skills. Sounds like an option to me!

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jeremyjjbrown's picture

April 02, 2019 at 04:58 pm

How posts like this get DV'd I have no idea.

You bring a great point about Collins. I think if anyone can help bring along young safeties though it's Pettine. Capers never made it easier on the young guys. Pettine has stated over and over that he will.adapt to the talent. Hopefully that means it isn't going to take 4 years for a Safety to develop.

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fthisJack's picture

April 02, 2019 at 08:01 pm

i think both Jackson and Brown need to be given the opportunity to play the position they were drafted for. don't like the idea of moving young S and CB's around without giving them a chance to take the jump in the second year.

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dobber's picture

April 02, 2019 at 10:01 pm

Winner!

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4thand1's picture

April 02, 2019 at 03:25 pm

Glad to have a guy who knows the bearsstllsuck system.

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EdsLaces's picture

April 02, 2019 at 05:01 pm

Gotta love a guy nick named smash! As for draft...Nasir isnt the best tackler. I am starting to really appreciate Darnell Savages game the more I watch him. He would be a steal in round 2.

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jannes bjornson's picture

April 02, 2019 at 08:32 pm

Abram is the best hitter/tackler. He has 4.45 speed, no slouch. I prefer hard core guys back there. You don't want to see Addereley and Thornhill go to IR as soon as they hit somebody. Amos is capable of being the FS. Savage is soild and fast. Great game against Ohio State.

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comeonman's picture

April 02, 2019 at 09:17 pm

Savage is climbing up the draft boards quickly

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fthisJack's picture

April 02, 2019 at 08:05 pm

Thornhill also seems to be a guy that flies in like a missile and doesn't rap up. very aggressive but misses tackles.

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KnockTheSnotOutOfYou's picture

April 02, 2019 at 08:49 pm

I would prefer a Safety who isnt a big hitter who avoids penalties trying for the big hit, but who can anticipate, cover and is an above average tackler.

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Packer_Fan's picture

April 02, 2019 at 08:57 pm

I don't think that we need Amos to do big things. Just that he do things like he did in Chicago and be a stable safety. If the Pack will have a good defense, then we need the Smith's to put more pressure on the QB, Alexander and KIng shutting down the WR's and Amos making sure no big plays are created. We need to have these things happen, good health and everyone doing their part.

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Coldworld's picture

April 02, 2019 at 10:36 pm

One or two safeties (depending on the formation) who can track both the play and the ball, take good angles and put pressure on recievers and tackle would be an enormous step up even if no safety recorded a safety or forced fumble all season. I’d like big plays from out safeties but I will love it if they can shut off the stream of big plays by our opponents that we have become accustomed to recently.

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Packman60's picture

April 03, 2019 at 07:44 am

I expect the packers to take either Savage or Adderley with either #30 or #44 and likely take a 2nd developmental prospect later in the draft. If they 're planning to use T. Williams at corner the cupboard is pretty bare besides Amos and Greene.

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ILPackerBacker's picture

April 03, 2019 at 11:58 am

The best point written was the one totally overlooked. Expectations in GB were allowed to become next to zero.

Brice a starter? fing kidding me
Tramon did not under achiever at S?

What a nightmare situation where bad play is not only not called out but it is applauded as being better than expected. this is how CM3 and perry and many others were allowed to suck up salary cap and not produce....kind of like the coaching staff and front office were

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