The Green Bay Packers have a very solid duo of starting safeties.
Captain Adrian Amos plays the role of strong safety, which means he is either going to lock up a receiver (best Pro Football Focus coverage grade since 2018) or blow up a run play behind the line of scrimmage.
Free safety Darnell Savage is one of the best ball-hawking safeties in the league (2+ interceptions in each of his three career seasons).
Behind them, there are some question marks. Someone has to step up and provide depth. Who will it be?
Let’s predict which safeties will make the Packers’ 53-man roster before Week 1.
Packers 53-man roster predictions: Safeties
Adrian Amos: The soon-to-be eight-year veteran is a captain on this Green Bay defense. He has played a full season in five of his seven career years, including the last three in Green Bay.
He has recorded 65+ tackles in every season of his career and is coming off a career-high total of 93 tackles in 2021. Amos is a cornerstone veteran on this team and is expected to have another fantastic season.
Darnell Savage: Savage has started each of the 46 games that he has played in his young career. He is coming off of a career-high season in terms of games played, snaps, QB hurries, and QB pressures (tied career-high).
Savage has 26 passes defensed over his first three seasons, along with eight interceptions. He is a great young defender the Packers can build the future of the defense around.
Shawn Davis: Davis played in just one game last season as an undrafted rookie. He spent the majority of his time on the practice squad. But Davis has emerged as a potential frontrunner for the top backup safety spot after a solid week at minicamp.
The former University of Florida alum led the Gators in interceptions during his senior season in 2020. After playing great football in the SEC in college and fighting on to the active roster last season in late December, he has worked to make the most of his opportunities early on in the league. He is a great bet to be a backup to Amos and Savage.
Tariq Carpenter: The Packers selected Carpenter in the seventh round of this year’s NFL Draft.
Carpenter can play a hybrid role in Joe Barry’s defense. He played both safety and linebacker at Georgia Tech. His 6-2, 240-pound frame allows him to hold his own against opposing offensive lines but his sneaky 4.5 speed allows him to play fast sideline-to-sideline.
His ability to play on special teams could be key, too. His versatility will be a huge asset for this Green Bay defense and the safety position.