Rudy Ford wasn't guaranteed to start for much of training camp. Now, he may be one of the Packers' long-term solutions at the safety position. He is having an outstanding season.
Ford has played eight games this year, already making a career-high 58 tackles, four pass defenses, and two interceptions.
He has been excellent in coverage. According to Pro Football Reference, Ford is allowing a passer rating of only 54.4 on balls thrown his way, a career-best.
And he is even better in zone coverage. According to PFF, Ford has allowed eight receptions on 16 targets for 79 yards and two interceptions, with quarterbacks earning a passer rating of just 24.7.
Not only is Ford not giving away many completions, but he also comes up with game-changing plays. He now has five interceptions in his past 16 games for the Packers, going back to last season.
Ford, Jonathan Owens, and Darnell Savage are free agents in the offseason. The Packers need to figure out who their future starters are at the safety position. Ford has been outstanding and could land a new multi-year deal in the offseason. That was anything but guaranteed just a few months ago. Ford should start for the Packers in 2024.