The Jacksonville Jaguars need to neutralize these two defenders.
Adrian Amos started his NFL career with the Chicago Bears in 2015. In his tenure in the ‘Windy City’, he established himself as a hard-hitting defender. However, the Bears didn’t have enough money to pay him and Eddie Jackson so they opted to let Amos become a free agent.
The Packers gave the Penn State standout a four-year $37 million contract in 2019 and has become a key cog of the team’s secondary. This season, he has registered 35 tackles, one pass deflection, and one sack. Amos is equally efficient at stopping the run and defending the pass, so the Jaguars offense will have to look for ways to neutralize his impact.
Za’Darius Smith joined the Packers in the same free-agent class as Adrian Amos. After years of focusing too much on developing homegrown talent and not spending enough on free agents, general manager Brian Gutekunst signed Amos, Smith, and Preston Smith (no relationship) in 2019.
The three of them have become key cogs in Green Bay but Za’Darius Smith has arguably had the biggest impact. In 24 games, the former Baltimore Ravens linebacker has registered 20.5 tackles, 60 total tackles, and 3.5 forced fumbles. He was so dominant in 2019 that he received a first-team All-Pro designation. Based on the way he’s playing in 2020, we wouldn’t be surprised if he got another nomination.