Former Penn State Safety Adrian Amos Claims Starting Spot In Chicago
Adrian Amos had a chip on his shoulder as a late-round draft pick entering training camp with the Chicago Bears, and it seems as though the rookie safety is making the most of his reps. In the team’s latest unofficial depth chart, Amos was promoted to the first team.
Incumbent starter Brock Vereen — who started the final three games of the 2014 season — was demoted to second-team duty in the switch. The shakeup is a culmination of hard work and dedication on Amos’ part, representative of the fine training camp he’s enjoyed thus far. Amos has dazzled day in and day out in practice, and gives Chicago’s front office reason to be excited about the future of the team’s secondary.
“We thought enough of Amos to draft him,” head coach John Fox said on Sunday, via ESPN.com. “I think he’s had opportunities just like all the other safeties to play and be evaluated and make plays. He’s earned where he is. I don’t know if that’s the way it’ll stay. It’s not where you start the race it’s where you finish it. He’s earned that and we’ll go from there.”
As Fox alluded to, Amos’ status as the team’s starting safety is no guarantee; it’s a privilege Amos earned, but it’s now his job to lose. That said, it’s rare that a fifth-round rookie gets the nod as the starter, but with a player of Amos’ caliber, it’s not all that surprising.
We’ll be sure to monitor the situation as training camp progresses, but if the recent changes are any indication, it’s a good bet that Amos is back deep lurking in the secondary opposite Antrel Rolle come Sept. 13 when the Bears open the 2015 season against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers.