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Wednesday Curds: Packers S Darnell Savage is poised to break out

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The second-year Packers safety is ready to

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In his first draft as the Packers’ general manager, Brian Gutekunst nabbed a significant windfall when he traded out of his first selection: a 2019 first-round pick. A future first is one of the most tantalizing of assets. If fans and media members alike tend to get fixated on potential, there’s nothing that will stoke the fires of their interest more than a first round pick in next year’s draft. Such an asset is literally all potential, and all you can do is wait for your turn to pick again.

Via another trade, that pick would turn out to be Maryland safety Darnell Savage Jr., an ultra-athletic defensive back oozing more of that promising word: potential.

After a solid season slowed slightly by injury, Savage stands ready to realize some of that promising potential, and it’s hard to imagine a much better situation in which to do it. His running mates in the secondary include the reliable Adrian Amos, the ascending Jaire Alexander, and Kevin King, who put together his best season as a pro in 2019. Add in a defensive front featuring regular pressure from the Za’Darius and Preston Smith and Kenny Clark, and Savage should be free to maximize his prodigious gifts, this time with a year of experience under his belt.

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