3 biggest battles heading into Packers 2023 training camp

Packers training camp is almost here, and there is so much to play for before the regular season.
Dallas Cowboys v Green Bay Packers
Dallas Cowboys v Green Bay Packers / Patrick McDermott/GettyImages
2 of 3

Jonathan Owens vs. Rudy Ford

The Packers' depth at safety remains a major question mark, particularly at strong safety. Adrian Amos' departure has left a notable void on both the depth chart and in the locker room.

Currently, it appears Darnell Savage will once again man down the free safety position despite his struggles over the past two seasons. Joe Barry may be counting on him to become more vocal, as he is the longest-tenured safety on the team by far.

As for filling Amos' void on the gridiron, Green Bay has two options in Jonathan Owens and Rudy Ford.

Owens, who started all 17 games for the Texans last season, excelled when attacking the run. He made 125 tackles while only missing six percent of potential stops, thus fulfilling the main job of any strong safety.

Conversely, he was horrible when defending the pass. Owens allowed a 128.5 quarterback rating on 42 targets, while also giving up 16.9 yards per completion in 2022.

Now, Owens is far from the only player at his position to struggle in this area. Amos' own numbers weren't much better.

However, Ford's stronger all-around play and familiarity with Barry's system could give him a leg up.

Ford started six games during his debut campaign in Packers' colors, spending time at both safety positions.

He found ways to force turnovers, picking off three balls and also forcing a fumble. This type of big-play impact is something Owens hasn't displayed in the NFL.

But Owens has shown he can succeed as a year-long starter. Ford, who has started 12 of his 73 career appearances, cannot say the same.

With each defensive back having their respective strengths and weaknesses, this could be a tough call of LaFleur and Barry to make. Whoever gets the starting nod come Week 1 will have worked for it.