Adrian Gerald Amos, Jr. (born April 29, 1993) is an American football strong safety for the Green Bay Packers in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Penn State.

Adrian Amos
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Adrian Amos in 2018
No. 31 – Green Bay Packers
Personal information
Born: (1993-04-29) April 29, 1993 (age 26)
Baltimore, Maryland
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:214 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school:Calvert Hall
(Towson, Maryland)
College:Penn State
NFL Draft:2015 / Round: 5 / Pick: 142
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2019
Total tackles:358
Forced fumbles:3
Pass deflections:27
Defensive touchdowns:1
Player stats at

Early yearsEdit

Amos attended Calvert Hall College High School in Towson, Maryland. He was rated by as a three-star recruit.[1] He originally committed to play college football at the University of Connecticut.[2]

College careerEdit

Amos played at Penn State from 2011 to 2014. As a true freshman, he played in all 13 games as a cornerback and on special teams. He recorded seven tackles and an interception. As a sophomore in 2012, Amos started all 12 games and recorded 44 tackles and two interceptions. As a junior in 2013, Amos again started all 12 games, splitting time between cornerback and safety. He finished the year with 50 tackles, one interception and 2.5 sacks. As a senior, he again started all 13 games, recording 42 tackles and three interceptions.[3][4][5]

Professional careerEdit

On November 10, 2014, the Senior Bowl announced that Amos had accepted their invitation to play in the 2015 Senior Bowl. Prior to the Senior Bowl and combine, Amos was projected to be a fourth or fifth round pick and was ranked as the sixth best free safety prospect by[6] On January 24, 2015, Amos attended the Senior Bowl and recorded two solo tackles to help the North defeat the South 34–13.[7] Amos attended the NFL combine and performed well, completing almost all of the combine drills, but chose to skip the bench press. His 40-yard dash time of 4.39s ranked seventh among all safeties and his 4.03s time in the three-cone drill ranked second amongst his position.[8] He also finished in the top twenty among safeties at the combine in the 20-yard short shuttle and the 60-yard shuttle. On March 19, 2015, Amos opted to participate at Penn State's pro day, along with Mike Hull, Donovan Smith, Jesse James, Sam Ficken, Miles Dieffenbach, Deion Barnes, and three other teammates. He decided to perform the bench press, 40-yard dash, and positional drills for the team representatives and scouts from 19 NFL teams in attendance. He had an impressive performance overall and decreased his time in the 40-yard dash from 4.56s at the combine to 4.37s and 4.40s.[9] Amos attended private visits or workouts for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Baltimore Ravens. At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Amos was projected to be a second to fourth round pick by the majority of NFL draft experts and scouts. He was ranked the second best free safety prospect in the draft by and was ranked the 13th best safety by NFL analyst Charles Davis.[10][11]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 0 12 in
(1.84 m)
218 lb
(99 kg)
32 14 in
(0.82 m)
9 18 in
(0.23 m)
4.56 s 1.60 s 2.65 s 4.03 s 7.09 s 35 12 in
(0.90 m)
10 ft 2 in
(3.10 m)
21 reps
All values from NFL Combine/Penn State's Pro Day[12]

The Chicago Bears selected Amos in the fifth round (142nd overall) of the 2015 NFL Draft. The Bears previously acquired the pick by trading wide receiver Brandon Marshall to the New York Jets.[13] He was the eighth safety selected during the draft in 2016 and only one of three Penn State players drafted in 2016, along with Donovan Smith (second round, 34th overall) and Jesse James (fifth round, 160th overall).

Chicago BearsEdit


On May 5, 2015, the Chicago Bears signed Amos to a four-year, $2.51 million contract with a signing bonus of $232,280.[14]

Throughout training camp, he competed with Brock Vereen and Sherrod Martin for the vacant free safety position left by the departure of Chris Conte during free agency.[15] Head coach John Fox named Amos the starting free safety over Vereen after he had an impressive performance in the Chicago Bears' preseason-opener against the Green Bay Packers. He began the season alongside Antrel Rolle, the team's starting strong safety.[16]

He made his professional regular season debut and first career start in the Bears' regular season-opener against the Green Bay Packers and recorded five solo tackles in a 31–23 loss. On November 22, 2015, Amos recorded seven solo tackles and made his first career sack on Denver Broncos' quarterback Brock Osweiler during a 17–15 loss.[17] The following game, he collected a season-high nine combined tackles in a 17–13 victory over the Packers on Thursday Night Football.[18] Amos started all 16 games in his rookie season and made 67 combined tackles (57 solo), two pass deflections, and a sack.[19][20] At the end of his rookie season, Amos was selected on Pro Football Writers All-Rookie Team along with defensive lineman Eddie Goldman.[21][22]


He was in competition with rookie DeAndre Houston-Carson for the free safety position throughout training camp.[23] He was named the starting free safety to begin the 2016 season, opposite strong safety Harold Jones-Quartey.[24]

Amos started the Chicago Bears' season-opener against the Houston Texans and made five solo tackles during their 23–14 loss. On October 20, 2016, Amos recorded a season-high eight combined tackles in the Bears' 26–10 loss at the Green Bay Packers. After starting 27 consecutive games to start his career, Amos missed a Week 13 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers with a foot injury.[25] Amos finished the season with 65 combined tackles (57 solo) and five pass deflections in 15 games and 14 starts.[26] Pro Football Focus gave him a grade of 80.6 for the 2016 season.

On April 26, 2016, Amos, along with tight end Zach Miller, were awarded the Brian Piccolo Award.[27] Although the Chicago Bears finished 3–13, the defense finished seventh in passing defense and 15th in total defense. Amos failed to record an interception in his first two seasons and the Bears ranked 31st with only eight interceptions in 2016.[28]


During the Bears' training camp, Amos competed with Chris Prosinski and rookie Eddie Jackson for his job as starting free safety. He was named the backup to Jackson to start the 2017 season.[28]

Amos played sparingly through the first three games and only logged 16 snaps on defense with no tackles.[29] Amos became the starting strong safety, opposite Eddie Jackson, for Week 4 after Quintin Demps suffered a fractured forearm the previous game against the Pittsburgh Steelers and was placed on injured reserve.[30] On September 28, 2017, Amos made his first start of the season and recorded eight combined tackles during a 45–13 loss at the Green Bay Packers. On October 15, 2017, he recorded eight combined tackles, deflected two passes, and intercepted his first career pass off a pass attempt by Joe Flacco, returning it for a 90-yard touchdown during the Bears' 27–24 overtime victory over the Baltimore Ravens.[31] The interception he returned for a touchdown also marked the first touchdown of his career and came in the fourth quarter to put the Bears up 24–14.[32] During a Week 10 matchup against the Green Bay Packers, Amos tied his season-high of eight solo tackles in Chicago's 23–16 loss. Pro Football Focus gave Amos a grade of 92.3 through the first twelve games, which made him second amongst all safeties behind the Minnesota Vikings' safety Harrison Smith who was graded 94.2.[33] On January 6, 2018, Amos recorded a season-high eleven tackles in the season finale against the Minnesota Vikings.[34]

On January 4, 2018, Pro Football Focus named their 2017 All-Pro team, with Amos entered at safety along with Smith.[35] He finished the season with ten starts in thirteen games, recording 62 tackles, three passes defended, one interception, two forced fumbles (including a recovery), and a touchdown.


On January 1, 2018, the Chicago Bears announced their decision to fire head coach John Fox after the Bears finished fourth in the NFC North with a 5–11 record.[36] On January 8, 2018, the Chicago Bears announced their decision to hire Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive coordinator Matt Nagy as their new head coach.[37] Head coach Matt Nagy elected to retain defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and also retained Amos and Eddie Jackson as the starting safety tandem.[38]

In Week 6, Amos collected a season-high nine combined tackles and broke up a pass during a 31–28 loss at the Miami Dolphins. On November 4, 2018, Amos recorded seven combined tackles, a season-high three pass deflections, one sack, and intercepted a pass by Bills’ quarterback Nathan Peterman during a 41–9 win at the Buffalo Bills in Week 9. In Week 11, Amos made three solo tackles, a pass deflection, and intercepted a pass attempt by Vikings’ quarterback Kirk Cousins as the Bears defeated the Minnesota Vikings 25–20.[39] Amos started in all 16 games in 2018 and recorded 73 combined tackles (59 solo), nine passes defended, two interceptions, two sacks, and one fumble recovery. He received an overall grade of 82.7 from Pro Football Focus in 2018, which ranked as the eighth highest grade among all safeties.[40]

Green Bay PackersEdit


On March 14, 2019, Amos signed a four-year, $37 million contract with the Green Bay Packers.[41] In week 1 against his former team, the Chicago Bears, Amos made his debut for the Packers. In the 10–3 win, Amos recorded five tackles and intercepted former teammate Mitchell Trubisky in the endzone. Amos's interception sealed a Packers victory.[42] In Week 14 against the Washington Redskins, Amos recorded seven combined tackles, two pass deflections, sacked rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr. once, and intercepted a pass thrown by Haskins during the 20–15 win.[43]

NFL career statisticsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Comb Total Ast Sck PD Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR
2015 CHI 16 16 67 57 10 1.0 27 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 CHI 15 14 65 57 8 0.0 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
2017 CHI 13 10 69 62 7 0.0 3 1 90 90.0 90 1 2 1
2018 CHI 16 16 73 59 14 1.0 9 2 27 13.5 26 0 0 1
2019 GB 16 16 84 68 16 1.0 8 2 12 6.0 9 0 0 0
Career 76 72 358 303 55 3.0 27 5 129 25.8 90 1 3 3


Year Team Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
GP GS Comb Total Ast Sck PD Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR
2018 CHI 1 1 6 5 1 0.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019 GB 2 2 9 5 4 0.0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Career 3 3 15 10 5 0.0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Source: pro-football-referencecom


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