Can Adrian Amos be the best bargain for the Packers?
It’s always nice to make your team better in free agency but perhaps better if that move also hurts your rivals. That’s exactly what the Packers did when they inked Adrian Amos to a deal and took him away from the Chicago Bears. Amos was a solid contributor for the Bears defense that was by far the best in the league last year and will hope to help the Packers solidify their secondary this season.
While fellow safeties Landon Collins and Earl Thomas signed for $84 and $55 million dollars deals, respectively, Amos was only recruited for a measly $36. While he isn’t a household name like the others, he’ll offer similar production and comes as a great bargain. Green Bay just signed a nice 26 year old player that will likely shore up the free safety spot for years to come. At such a young age, he’s just entering his prime and Packers fans should look forward to having possibly a future Pro Bowler on their roster this year.
How can Green Bay replace franchise icons Randall Cobb and Clay Matthews?
Long-time Packers fans will notice something different about the roster this season. What happened to Randall Cobb and Clay Matthews? This offseason, Green Bay let them both walk with Cobb signing on with the Dallas Cowboys and Matthews joining the Los Angeles Rams. While both players will be missed, you certainly can’t blame the front office from trying to get younger and saving money for other positions of need.
Marques Valdez-Scantling will fill the void left by Cobb as he attempts to improve on a 2018 rookie campaign. He was good for 581 yards and 2 TDs and will look for an even better sophomore year. In comparison, Cobb caught a career low 62.3% of his passes, dealt with injury issues, and just never looked like his old self. Matthew’s spot is likely going to come down to training camps as there doesn’t seem to be a clear heir apparent to his position. Like Cobb, 2018 was a down year for Matthews who only recorded 3.5 sacks and 12 QB hits.
Can Aaron Rodgers help turn the Packers around or is this the end of an era?
After an injury riddled season in 2017, Aaron Rodgers returned to prime form and threw for 4,442 yards and 25 TDs in 2018. His accuracy and decision making was on point as he completed 62.3% of passes and amazingly, only threw 2 picks. The QB rate sat at 97.6 which almost seems pedestrian given his career 103.1 mark. While Rodgers doesn’t seem to have much of a problem, the rest of the offense might.
The running back position lacks a clear threat and outside of Devante Adams, there might not be a big enough threat for defenses to worry about. Jimmy Graham is a serviceable tight end but with his issues with dropped passes, how reliable of a target can he be? The same goes for Marquez Valdes-Scantling who will continue growing in year 2. However, how much trust can Rogers put in him? Whatever the case may be, Rodgers is the least of Green Bay’s offensive problems this season.