The Green Bay Packers held their weekly Zoom Press Conference on Twitter and this time it wasn’t the coaches or Aaron Rodgers taking part, it was safety Adrian Amos followed by running back Aaron Jones. Starting with Adrian Amos, the first question that was presented was the loss of linebacker Blake Martinez, who signed with the New York Giants on a three-year, $30 million contract.
It’s going to be an adjustment, but we have a lot of players back. I think we can make up for it without communication and when we get back together,” said Amos.
The Packers brought in linebacker Christian Kirksey from the Cleveland Browns to fill Martinez’s role on a two-year, $13 million contract and drafted linebacker Kamal Martin out of Minnesota in the fifth round with the 175th overall pick. The Packers have also brought in a new defensive back coach, Jerry Gray. Gray is entering his 33rd season in the NFL He joins the Packers after six years coaching defensive backs for the Minnesota Vikings, where he worked with All-Pro cornerback Xavier Rhodes and safety Harrison Barnes. Amos is very excited to learn from Gray:
“We are already learning a lot from him. I feel like he has a lot of knowledge and a lot to give to this young secondary.”
The Packers secondary are entering their second season as a unit, but they are missing their veteran in Tramon Williams. The Packers and Williams haven’t come down to a contract and no one knows if something is in the works, but if something doesn’t happen, Amos is ready to take on another role:
“Tramon led by example. He was always there as someone you can count on. I want to be that leader and you can see by my actions and how I live my life.”
Everyone right now is dealing with the pandemic and we are seeing these sports leagues like the NHL, NBA, and MLB trying to find solutions to start up again. Luckily the NFL doesn’t have the same problem, but it’s still unknown.
“I really can’t say what’s going to happen with the season. I’m just preparing myself as we are going to play this Fall… It would be different. We practice without fans, so to be honest, I don’t think it’s going to affect my approach at all,” said Amos.
Even though times are tough, Amos is trying to help during these circumstances with his foundation “I’m Still Here” and donated 6,000 pounds of produce and 400 loaves of bread.
“That’s always been my goal to give back to the community. I, personally, wanted to donate money for people to have food and the children.”
Aaron Jones has had a busy offseason as well. He has been working out, spending time with family and his newborn, Aaron Jones Jr., and trying to help out with his teammates.
“I have just been working on my craft. Yeah, there’s a lot more trash, dishes since everyone is in the house, but I’m enjoying my time with the family.”
It was a phenomenal 2019 season for Jones as he started 16 regular-season games and two playoff games totaled 1,084 yards on the ground with 16 touchdowns and got it done as a receiver with 474 yards and three touchdowns. Jones saw an increased role as a pass-catcher last year and looks to increase it for 2020.
“It’s fun getting out in space. I feel if I have room to work, it’s a good thing. I continue to work on my routes and hands, so I’m ready for whatever comes my way.”
Jones has been in contact with new Packers running back A.J. Dillion and has been doing anything to help get the second-round pick ready for the season.
“He’s been great. He’s already ready to learn. He’s texting me about the playbook and I’m excited to get to work with him.”
For 2020, Jones is setting high expectations for himself after a big 2019 season, but he is also entering a contract year as he’s set to become a free agent for 2021, but Jones doesn’t seem worried about the business side.
“I’m going to be just as motivated and continue to work. I trust my agency and the Packers. With that, I would love to be a lifelong Packer… I’ll bet on myself and I feel like I can play for a really long time. I’m just going to do what I can.”
Even though Jones is setting high expectations, knows he’s heading into a contract year, and is trying to be helpful towards his teammates, he does have one goal that he wants to achieve no matter what cost for the 2020 season.
“I want to win a Super Bowl.”