Cynthia Frelund, NFL Network’s analytics expert, chose safety Adrian Amos as the Packers’ most underappreciated player.
Frelund used various metrics/calculations, along with salary information, to determine the most underappreciated player on each NFC team.
A big reason why the Packers are my model’s second-most likely NFC team to earn a trip to Super Bowl LVII is because of their defense. One football strategy that has been particularly impactful over the past two seasons is the effective use of two-safety shells (aka zone). When I talk to coaches about this, they believe it’s in large part due to how colleges do not play zone, or the types of zone that NFL teams do, so it can give the defense an edge. The Packers clearly think the scheme offers them an advantage, as they used two-safety shells on 67.4 percent of snaps last season (third-highest rate). Amos, a sure-tackler who earned PFF’s 13th-best overall grade at the position (74.7), is fundamental to making that strategy work. Computer vision shows that in those zone looks, his passer rating allowed decreases by more than 15 points.
Amos, who just turned 29 earlier this spring, is a former fifth-round draft pick (2015 NFL Draft) by the Chicago Bears.
The former Penn State standout spent the first four seasons of his career with the Bears before signing a four-year deal with Green Bay before the 2019 season.
Amos had one of the best years of his career this past season, totaling 93 tackles and intercepting two passes.
The Packers are certainly getting their money’s worth and then some out of Amos. He finished the season as the 13th highest graded safety (Pro Football Focus), but he was only the 19th highest-paid safety. That’s great value for Green Bay.
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