GREEN BAY, Wisconsin – For the Green Bay Packers, the road to the Super Bowl LVII in Glendale, Arizona will begin this week with the start of off-season practice.
Sure, nothing will be fixed in two weeks of voluntary group activities, mandatory mini-camp, and one more week of OTAs. However, what happens in the training ground will set the stage for the start of training in just over two months.
This 10-part series of position predictions ends with security.
The Sure Things: Amos and Savage
In the Packers ’2022 list of concerns, security is at or near the bottom.
A great pairing of Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage is heading into its fourth season as the team’s opening tandem.
Amos was worth every penny of the free agent contract he signed in 2019. He started 17 games last season and led the defense with 1,048 snaps. Mr. He was second in the Consistency team with 94 receptions, tied for third with two innings and fourth with eight assists. This does not include the inclusion of the goal line in the playoffs against San Francisco.
Amos seems to be in the right place at the right time, and is one of the best tackles in the NFL.
Savage, a first-round pick from 2019, also started 17 games. He was second in defense with 1,038 shots. He finished fourth in the team with 63 receptions, tied for third with two innings and a third with nine assists. He dropped three innings, including a potential game-changer lost in Minnesota, and was one of the worst in the position he failed.
Although it was a quiet third season, some of it was based on usage. Mostly, defensive coordinator Joe Barry lined up Savage to play on the center field 15 yards from the scrimmage line. Chances are fleeting in that position. Usually, if you are in the right place, the ball will not come your way.
With so much experience together, Amos and Savage share a passion.
“Some things are unsaid,” said safety coach Ryan Downard. “From a coaching point of view, we always say that we want to communicate with you, that we want to signal to you. We need to be on the same page. If two guys are on the same page, now we’ll be echoing your area. It’s like a relationship. They’ve been together for so long, they can look at each other and know what the other person thinks, because they’ve been together in this situation hundreds of times. “
The big mystery: who is number 3?
The Packers haven’t shown much depth in the corner. They have even less in security, last year’s No. 3, Henry Black, without bidding as a free agent in exclusive rights and recently signed with Giants.
Listed in alphabetical order, here is the rest of the list (with NFL statistics):
– Tariq Carpenter (beginner seventh round pick).
– Shawn Davis (Colts ’fifth-round pick in 2021, played zero snaps on defense and in nine special team games).
– Innis Gaines (not picked up in 2021, played zero snaps on defense and five special teams in a game).
– Vernon Scott (seventh round pick in 2020, played 89 snaps as a beginner on defense, but was a healthy scratch for most of 2021, playing zero snaps on defense and 17 in three special teams in three games).
– Tre Sterling (drug-free rookie).
Scott had a lot of frustration last season. His career is on the clock.
“We talked to all the security guards about the call command,” Downard said. “It simply came to our notice then. We are responsible for making sure that the back cover checks are in the right places. He’s done a tremendous job with that. He’s really smart. When he climbs on the board, you can tell he knows, but he has to let everyone else know that he knows too – the front line player, the other security, the side corner – and he’s done. It’s a very good job. “
Worth seeing: Tariq Carpenter
Carpenter was the first of four picks in the seventh round. At 6 feet-3 and 230 pounds, it is the size of a linebacker. In the 40th with a speed of 4.47, he achieved the athletics of a safety. He was a player the Packers were targeting as he took on a pre-draft visit.
Carpenter was a four-year starter at Georgia Tech. As a senior, he made 65 tackles in 10 games, highlighting Clemson’s 13 stops in the season. He added three passes to the defense and was forced to make a mistake. In 52 career games, he received four assists, 22 breaks and three fouls.
“It’s weird,” security coach Ryan Downard said last week. “I know they’ve labeled him a lot of different things, they’ve labeled him as a hybrid [safety/linebacker]. It brings a good set of tools that we can use in different ways. I go back to movement skills. Usually with players who are so big, they just lack fluidity and movement skills because of their size, height or weight. With him, there is no lack. I’m excited to continue working with him. “
He saw a slow step in the beginner camp, but perhaps that was due to thinking through some defensive calls he had just learned. With no verified reservations, there’s a huge chance in front of Carpenter, whether it’s No. 3 security or a specialized role. That harassment will begin this week.
Green Bay Packers OTA preview
Aaron Rodgers and Quarterbacks
Jones, Dillon and Running Backs
Allen Lazard and Recipients
Robert Tonyan and Tight Ends
Injured Knees and Line of Attack
Kenny Clark and the Line of Defense
Gary, Smith and Outer Linebackers
Campbell, Walker and Inside Linebackers
Three Lockdown Cornerbacks
Amos, Savage and Security