GREEN BAY – The Packers have made the free-agent signing of former Bears safety Adrian Amos official.
Here are five things to know about him.
1. He started double-digit games each of his four seasons in Chicago.
Amos started 56 games total from 2015-2018, including all 16 this past season, when he and Eddie Jackson were the mainstay pair of safeties for Chicago’s highly touted defense, which ranked first in points allowed and third in yards allowed. Jackson was the bigger playmaker of the two, but the 6-foot, 214-pound Amos still turned in a career-best two interceptions and nine passes defensed in 2018.
2. He made a big play in the playoffs.
Amos added a third interception last year in the NFC Wild Card playoff game vs. Philadelphia at Soldier Field, picking off Eagles QB Nick Foles in the end zone midway through the second quarter to keep the game tied at 3. The turnover helped the Bears take a 6-3 lead into halftime in a game they eventually lost on a missed field goal on the final snap.
3. Pro Football Focus gives him strong grades.
Among safeties with more than 600 snaps in 2018, Amos’ overall defensive grade from PFF ranked eighth and his coverage grade ranked seventh. He played 1,029 defensive snaps last season, a jump from 670 in 2017, when his overall grade was third among safeties and his coverage grade also seventh.
Snapshots of newly-signed Green Bay Packers S Adrian Amos
4. He made a big splash early for the Bears.
As a fifth-round pick out of Penn State in 2015, Amos was named to the PFWA All-Rookie Team. That year he led Chicago’s defense with 108 total tackles, based on coaches’ film review, the first Bears rookie to lead the team in that category since Brian Urlacher in 2000.
5. He was durable in the college ranks, too.
Amos started the final 38 consecutive games of his college career at Penn State, earning honorable mention All-Big Ten three times and intercepting seven passes.