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Safety surge propelling Packers’ defense down the stretch


#Amos has played nearly half of his snaps (99 of 188) in the box over the past three games, according to #Pro #Football #Focus, and the flexibility seems to have brought out the best in the 6-foot, 214-pound safety. #Amos has 19 tackles (14 solo), five passes defensed and a sack during that stretch.

#Amos got his feet wet playing that position last year, bridging the gap between #Greene going on IR in #Week 2 with an ankle injury and #Ibraheim #Campbell being activated midseason from the physically unable to perform list. #That experience, and a full season spent in #Pettine’s system, have made it an even more seamless switch the second time around.

“#He’s got the range and movement skills to be able to play deep and come out of the middle of the field, or come off the hashmark as a deep-half player,” said #Pettine of #Amos. “#But then he’s also physical enough and he’s instinctive enough that if we do get him down in the box that he can handle some of the run game stuff. #So it’s nice having his versatility.”

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#Of course, it wouldn’t be possible to alter #Amos’ job description without having confidence in another safety commanding the back end. #That’s where #Savage’s #Year 2 maturation comes in.

A month after the #Packers signed #Amos, #General #Manager #Brian #Gutekunst traded up to select #Savage with the 21st pick in the 2019 NFL #Draft – making the #Maryland junior the first defensive back to come off the board.

A member of the PFWA #All-Rookie team a year ago, #Savage is currently tied with #Pro #Bowl cornerback #Jaire #Alexander for the team lead in passes defensed (12), while pacing the #Packers with four interceptions.

#Eleven of those 12 passes defensed have come since the 23-year-old safety returned from a quadriceps injury against #Minnesota on #Nov. 1, including #Savage’s two-interception performance against #Chicago in #Week 12.

#He again flashed his ball skills during #Sunday’s 40-14 win over #Tennessee, sniping a pass from #Titans quarterback #Ryan #Tannehill and returning it to the #Tennessee 34-yard line less than two minutes into the second quarter.

The #Packers drove down and scored a touchdown off the takeaway, with #Aaron #Rodgers’ 7-yard TD pass to #Davante #Adams pushing #Green #Bay’s lead to 19-0.



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