Predict the Packers List 2022: Tariq Carpenter and Shawn Davis appear as spare tanks

A great deal of attention has been paid to the Green Bay Packers’ back-corner group, and rightly so.

After re-signing Douglas’ messenger and extending Jayer Alexander’s tenure in the spring, the Packers arguably have one of the league’s best hat-tricks with Alexander, Douglas and second-year player Eric Stokes having had a solid rookie season in his own right.

This is Friday’s discussion, though, as today we look at the players in the safety position. While the praise the back corner receives is certainly well deserved, don’t sleep in the other part of Green Bay High School.

We continue our predictions for the initial 53-person Packers roster with a position that is settled in terms of starters and also where this competition for the backup role is. One could argue that depth of security is the only area of ‚Äč‚Äčinterest for the Packers brave defense entering the regular season and hopefully one or two players will come out of training camp and pre-season to strengthen the back end of the position group.

If not, general manager Brian Gutkunst may have taken out season posts on players as he did a year ago at home linebackers and cornerbacks. He won’t need to hold onto landings as much on those who prevent injury from either Adrian Amos or Darnell Savage, but the extra depth can come in handy especially in sub-packs.

Here’s how APC sees the security situation starting to explode for the start of the 2022 campaign.

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Adrian Amos and Darnell Savage

Amos and Savage are both established as starters and could be one of the best safety tandems in the NFL.

Amos is probably one of the most underappreciated safety in defense and in the league because you don’t hear his name on the broadcast very often. This is a sign of rocky safe play, which is exactly what Gutekunst prompted him to do in 2019 to replace the mysterious Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. He hasn’t missed a game since arriving in Green Bay and had his best season last year, posting career highs in combined tackles with 93 solo stops and 75 solo stops.

Savage has shown promise and inconsistency since arriving in the NFL the same year Amos came to Green Bay, but it’s easy to see why Packers fell in love with him. He’s a formidable athlete with playmaking skills, but Savage has also dropped multiple interceptions and missed more than twice as many tackles as Amos over the past three seasons (42 versus 20, according to Pro Football Focus).

Both players face uncertainty about their long-term future at Green Bay, although Savage saw his pick for the fifth year in 2023 earlier this spring. Amos should be a top priority for stretching, especially with more gymnastics like coming to Green Bay in the spring.

Backups

Tariq Carpenter and Shawn Davis

While fans may be relieved to see the responsibility Henry Black was off the list, this isn’t exactly a perfect depth chart.

Tariq Carpenter was the seventh-round pick in this year’s draft and could see some time or perhaps move full-time to the quarterback. He has the speed to be a side player, but a player drafted too late usually takes time to adjust to the speed of an NFL game. He will probably contribute to special teams right away and get the first crack at the third safety position.

Shawn Davis was a 2021 fifth-round pick for the Indianapolis Colts selected by Green Bay in September after his release. He spent most of the year in the Green Bay coaching team and only scored one assist last season. He will get a chance in special teams too.


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Vernon Scott, Ines Gaines, Trey Sterling

Vernon Scott missed the initial roster after spending the past two seasons at Green Bay including being active for 15 games in 2020. However, Black defeated him last year. Gaines has a lot of powerful traits but will have to beat the Carpenter as well. However, don’t be surprised if it’s Gaines who makes the list. Sterling is an unpolished free agent who will face a steep hill to be on the list since he missed most of 2021 through injury. However, anything can happen in training camp!

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