Packers DC Mike Pettine is expecting big things from Montravius Adams
The Green Bay Packers’ offseason has been all about improving the defense. From free agency signings, draft picks, and cuts, Cheeseheads are expecting a better result than last year’s hit-or-miss unit underlined with promise. Part of improvement doesn’t come with just new players; it’s also returning ones.
One player that has shown improvement is third-year defensive end and Auburn product, Montravius Adams. A third-round selection in 2017, Adams hasn’t done much in the NFL, tallying a career stat line of 22 total tackles and 1.5 sacks in 23 career games played. However, 2019 may be the year of the breaking out Adams.
WFRV’s Lily Zhao talked to Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine about his vote for a most improved player, the winner; Adams, as he said:
He’s a guy we’re going to depend on… the confidence at the end of last season that he got, I think really propelled him into the offseason. He’s been impressive since the day he came back.
Adams’ rookie was a wash due to injuries, but he did propel into a solid piece in his sophomore campaign; most notably, recording his first career sack in a mid-November bout versus the Miami Dolphins. Despite his improvement, it’s going to be tough to see where he slots into the Packers’ defense.
Rashan Gary, Kingsley Keke, Preston Smith, and Za’Darius Smith have been added to the Packers’ defensive line and may force Adams to cede snaps. However, considering Pettine’s lauding of the third-year end, he may start come week one. Factoring in Pettine’s 3-4 scheme, Adams is a good fit in the trenches for the foreseeable future either as a starter or rotational cog.