To wrap up the final positional review for the 2022 Green Bay Packers, let’s take a look at how their defensive secondary looked. With names like Jaire Alexander, Adrian Amos, and others all putting together solid years, just how well did this unit for Joe Barry’s defense perform?
As a whole, this part of the Green Bay defense has the highest expectations entering the year. With Alexander, Eric Stokes, and Rasul Douglas teaming up for a strong three-cornerback group, plus with Amos and Darnell Savage forming a solid 1-2 punch at safety, this unit had top-5 unit written all over it.
Even though he did miss two games this year, Alexander put together a solid season – highlighted by a team-best 5 interceptions. Having played in 15 games for the first time since 2020, Alexander regularly was tasked with helping shut down opponent’s top weapons – and he responded.
The best game of the year for Alexander was his Week 17 shutdown of Justin Jefferson, a game in which the best WR in the NFL only caught one of his five targets. While there has been plenty of flak thrown around in regards to Alexander not being given the freedom to shadow opposing top threats, he showed in that game why he is still one of the NFL’s best CBs.
50 tackles, 5 INTs, and 14 passes defended all show just how nice it was to have Alexander back in full capacity to lead this secondary, something that this team desperately missed last year.
After putting together a shocking career turnaround in 2022, Rasul Douglas returned to Green Bay this past offseason and continued to repay the Packers for their investment.
While he didn’t have any interceptions returned for a TD like the two he returned last year, Douglas produced better numbers across the board this past season. For Douglas, his 74 tackles, his first career sack, 13 passes defended, and 4 interceptions show just how big of an impact he had, and he earned time on the boundary, in the slot, and even back as a safety.
Somehow the 2022-23 NFL season was the fourth year that Amos was a member of the Packers, after having spent his first four seasons with the Chicago Bears. And somehow for Amos, his eighth season in the league also ended up being his best season in the league.
A career-best 92 tackles, combined with 1 sack, 5 passes defended, and 1 interception showcase that Amos still has it, and likely will be heavily courted when free agency opens up in March. With the number of struggles Green Bay has had with finding solid safeties, they should do whatever they can (reasonably) to make sure Amos stays with the Packers.
It is no secret that Green Bay has a pretty strong defensive secondary to help anchor their defense, but there are plenty of areas that still need help. If Alexander, Stokes, and Douglas are all able to replicate their ‘22 success in ‘23, then this unit certainly can get even better.뿓뿓뿓
Mike Johrendt has been an avid fan of the Packers ever since he can remember. He is now a writer at PackersTalk and you can follow him on Twitter at @MJohrendt23