Green Bay Packers 2022 post-draft position review: Safeties
Continuity. For the fourth season in a row, the Green Bay Packers will have Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage starting at safety.
Together, they form a strong starting duo.
Depth is the concern for the Packers, however. Do they have a number three safety ready to step in should Amos or Savage miss time?
Currently on the roster
Adrian Amos, Darnell Savage, Vernon Scott, Innis Gaines, Shawn Davis, Tariq Carpenter, Tre Sterling
ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reported in April that the Packers were set to exercise Darnell Savage’s fifth-year option, ensuring he remains under contract until the end of the 2023 season.
Green Bay drafted Tariq Carpenter in the seventh round of the 2022 NFL Draft, although he is expected to move to inside linebacker.
Improved from 2021?
Green Bay has, at best, stayed the same at safety. It’s entirely possible they will take a step back at the position given their lack of depth. At the time of writing, they haven’t re-signed Henry Black, who was the team’s third safety in 2021.
One of the most underrated safeties in the NFL, Amos continues to deliver year in, year out. He has made 49 starts in the regular season over three years, never missing a game for the Packers.
Rarely out of position and incredibly consistent, Amos is often an unsung hero for the Packers’ defense. He enters a contract year in 2022, and Green Bay will need him.
On paper, Green Bay’s starting defense is loaded with talent, and that very much includes the two safeties.
However, like at some other positions, depth is the concern. Who starts if either Amos or Savage miss time?
Even when Amos and Savage are both healthy, who is the third safety? Henry Black played on around a quarter of the Packers’ defensive snaps last year, according to Pro Football Reference.
It would have made total sense had the Packers targeted one of the top safeties in the draft like Dax Hill or Lewis Cine. They were still on the board for both of Green Bay’s first-round picks.
Perhaps the Packers will sign a veteran safety to add depth. They should seriously consider it.