You have to remind yourself it’s only May and the players are in shorts, but you can’t help but be impressed with what people are saying about Packers rookie safety Darnell Savage.
It’s common knowledge Savage is a freak athlete. It’s the usual cliche with him in that he’s “got all the physical traits” you look for in a safety: speed, athleticism, etc.
What really got his teammates’ attention in organized team activities (OTAs) though is his intelligence. He picked up on things so quickly, he was asking for more according to Tramon Williams. That’s not something you usually see from rookies, especially at a position that requires an adjustment to the speed of professional football both on the field and in the classroom.
With Green Bay also acquiring Adrian Amos via free agency, they’re hoping they have their safety tandem of the future. Amos thrived next to Eddie Jackson in Chicago last season and the Packers are hoping both he and Savage can benefit from each other.
Both will be learning Mike Pettine’s system together and will allow them to establish their chemistry from the ground up. If Savage can be Jackson in Green Bay for Amos, that could take the defense to an entirely new level.
The possibilities are exciting, but it’s still only May. The potential is there and at this time of year, that’s really all you can ask for.
You can read more on Savage plus Aaron Rodgers gets owned by his left tackle in today’s cheese curds.
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