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Elgton Jenkins and Adrian Amos were invaluable to…

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GREEN BAY – When it comes to Xs and Os, there aren’t many parallels to be drawn between Elgton Jenkins and Adrian Amos.

Their positions could not be any more dissimilar with the 6-foot-5, 313-pound Jenkins starring at guard for the Packers, while the 6-foot, 214-pound Amos patrols the backend of Green Bay’s secondary.

However, both typify two of the most valuable traits in today’s NFL – versatility and availability. Jenkins and Amos not only led the team in playing time on their respective side of the ball in 2020, but also did so while juggling multiple positions due to injury.

Jenkins, a second-round pick in 2019, was the Packers’ only offensive lineman to start all 18 games (including playoffs). His versatility was put to the test, as Green Bay leaned on Jenkins to play meaningful snaps at four of the five O-line spots in 2020.

Jenkins made three spots starts at center for an injured Corey Linsley, one at right tackle for a banged-up Billy Turner and finished at left tackle during Green Bay’s Week 9 matchup with San Francisco with David Bakhtiari and Rick Wagner both out.

However, a bulk of his 1,183 offensive snaps came at left guard, where Jenkins became the Packers’ first offensive lineman to earn a Pro Bowl selection during his first two seasons. The only two snaps he missed all season came on a pair of kneel downs at the end of a dominant 35-20 road win over Houston in Week 7.

“It just speaks to what a talented player he is,” said offensive line coach Adam Stenavich in December. “It’s cool that people have taken notice because you see it every day working with the guy and you know what kind of work ethic he has and how special of a player he is, so I think it’s cool when you see that come to fruition and other people take notice of that and vote him into the Pro Bowl.”

Amos led the Packers in defensive snaps played for the second consecutive year. While durability was big factor in Green Bay pursuing the veteran safety as a free agent in 2019, Amos has proven to be one of the defense’s most versatile playmakers.

After hybrid safety Raven Greene was lost for the season due to a shoulder injury in Week 13 against Philadelphia, Amos quickly threw his name in the hat to replace Greene near the line of scrimmage during the Packers’ playoff push.

Amos wound up playing some of his best football in a Packers uniform in that role, recording 36 tackles (28 solo), seven passes defensed, two interceptions and a sack over the final six games of the season (including playoffs).

Amos led the Packers in both tackles (83) and solo tackles (66), while matching or establishing new career-highs in passes defensed (nine), quarterback hits (three) and sacks (two) during his 16 regular-season starts.

“He’s a really smart player,” said Head Coach Matt LaFleur in December. “He has a great understanding of what’s going on. His versatility was really showcased (late in the season), just being able to move inside the box or go back at safety and play his responsibility and play it at a high level.”

Overall, the Packers deployed 71 players on offense and defense en route to a 13-3 regular season that earned Green Bay the top seed in the NFC playoffs for the first time since 2011.

What’s more, the Packers had eight ironmen who played at least 80% of the snaps on their respective side of the ball: Jenkins (1,183), quarterback Aaron Rodgers (1,163), Amos (1,126), guard Lucas Patrick (1,085), guard/tackle Billy Turner (1,030), cornerback Jaire Alexander (1,018), safety Darnell Savage (994) and outside linebacker Za’Darius Smith (950).

Here’s a full look at how the final snap totals from the 2020 Packers season (including postseason):

Total offensive snaps (1,185)

Quarterback: Aaron Rodgers (1,163), Tim Boyle (22).

Offensive line: Elgton Jenkins (1,183), Lucas Patrick (1,085), Billy Turner (1,030), Corey Linsley (880), David Bakhtiari (758), Rick Wagner (756), Jon Runyan (160), Lane Taylor (63), Yosh Nijman (14), Ben Braden (4).

Total defensive snaps (1,145)

Outside linebacker: Za’Darius Smith (950), Preston Smith (905), Rashan Gary (532), Oren Burks (96), Jonathan Garvin (85), Randy Ramsey (75), Tipa Galeai (9).

Inside linebacker: Christian Kirksey (591), Krys Barnes (506), Kamal Martin (208), Ty Summers (204).

Safety: Adrian Amos (1,126), Darnell Savage (994), Will Redmond (372), Raven Greene (324), Vernon Scott (89), Henry Black (27).

https://www.packers.com/news/elgton-jenkins-and-adrian-amos-were-invaluable-to-2020-packers

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