Ex-Penn State Football S Adrian Amos tops in key NFL category

Green Bay Packers strong safety Adrian Amos (Image via PackersNews)
Green Bay Packers strong safety Adrian Amos (Image via PackersNews) /

Former Penn State Football safety Adrian Amos is among the most gifted at his position in the NFL

In his sixth NFL season, former Penn State Football safety Adrian Amos had the most productive campaign of his career, and was the league’s best in a key defensive category.

According to Pro Football Focus, Amos was the highest-graded safety in coverage last season, with a 95.1 mark.

A stalwart in the Green Bay Packers’ secondary, Amos produced 83 tackles, a career-high two sacks, and intercepted a pair of passes in his second season in Green Bay, after spending his first four with the Chicago Bears.

In addition to his league-high coverage mark, PFF gives Amos an 89.4 overall grade, a 66.5 pass-rush mark and a 61.9 run-defense grade. Arguably the most impressive of his metrics, Amos held opposing quarterbacks to a meager 71.7 passer rating when targeting him.

Amos has 441 total tackles in his career with five sacks and seven interceptions, and at age 27, is one of the burgeoning players at his position.

"“He’s a really smart player,” Packers head coach Matt LaFLeur told the team’s website in December. “He has a great understanding of what’s going on. His versatility was really showcased, just being able to move inside the box or go back at safety and play his responsibility at a high level.”"

Last season, Amos led the Packers in total and solo tackles, 66 of those, and also broke up a career-high nine passes. Now, Amos’ task will be building on that lofty production in 2021 and beyond.