Packers News: Jake Ryan Leaving for the Jaguars, Geronimo Allison Signs One-Year Contract, Adrian Amos to be 31
The last of the 2015 draft class(See Also: Boy, Does Packers’ 2015 Draft Look Like Crap) will have departed Green Bay now that LB Jake Ryan is reportedly leaving for the Jacksonville Jaguars. Ryan’s 2018 season ended before it started with a torn ACL in training camp. Prior to this injury, he was a very capable linebacker for the team. Pro Football Focus ranked him 19th amond linebackers of the 2017 season.
Source: #Jaguars are signing LB Jake Ryan, former #Packers fourth-rounder who is coming off a torn ACL that knocked him out for all of 2018. Ryan was an emerging player before then. Looking to reestablish himself in Jacksonville. pic.twitter.com/8wqvdoG1e6
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) March 16, 2019
His presence will surely be missed on the injured reserve list. Reportedly, the Packers were interested in his return but the Jaguars made the better offer.
Packers may occasionally have some trouble attracting top players, but they seem to have no issue at all with them wanting to stay with the team once they are on board. Without the tender, keeping WR Geronimo Allison is a low risk and potentially high reward move for the team.
Can confirm that the #Packers and Geronimo Allison will be together again in 2019 on a one-year deal, but not on the ERFA tender. Allison was steadfast in his desire to remain a Packer as long as he had the power to.
— Jim Owczarski (@JimOwczarski) March 15, 2019
Rob Born recently wrote about why Geronimo Allison would be smart to take a low offer from the Packers and stick around. He also mentions the importance of keeping Jake Kumerow around which the Packers decided to do when they recently tendered the WR.
Allison spent much of last season on the IR. In fact, all three players mentioned on this page (Kumerow, Allison, and Ryan) spent much of last season on IR. Throw in Muhammad Wilkerson(whose future fate with the Packers is still unknown, to the best of my knowledge) and there are a combined 48 games on the IR between the four players. It’s very difficult to judge the current value of these players without being personally involved with their attending medical staff. All we have to go by is their past performance with the team.
New Packers safety Adrian Amos indicated on his Twitter account that his number with the team with be #31.
— Adrian Amos (@SmashAmos38) March 16, 2019
Amos comes to the Packers after four seasons with the Chicago Bears. He was a 5th round draft pick out of Penn State(142nd overall pick).
Amos discussed his role in the secondary around the time he was drafted:
I cover the slot, cover tight ends, cover outside receivers. I feel like as a DB, you have to be able to cover. That should be the No. 1 thing that you have in your repertoire, to be able to cover. I feel like I would help a lot in that regard.
I still to this day try to figure out where that comes from because a couple years ago my knock was that I wasn’t good in coverage but I will hit you. That’s what I would do, and I would come up and hit you and I was good tackling. Then, out of nowhere, it was speculation that I couldn’t tackle just this past year.