The Green Bay Packers have finally addressed their safety need. The team has reached an agreement with Jonathan Owens, who started all 17 games for the Houston Texans last season. Owens has made headlines recently for his wedding to Olympics legend Simone Biles. Actually, the couple had to interrupt their wedding celebration to fly to Green Bay so Owens could sign his contract.
The news of the Packers signing Owens was first reported by Aaron Wilson on Twitter:
#Packers signed former #Texans starting safety Jonathan Owens @jjowens_3 @KPRC2
— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) May 12, 2023
What Jonathan Owens Brings to the Green Bay Packers
As mentioned previously, Jonathan Owens played in and started all 17 games for the Houston Texans last year. One of the areas the Packers need to improve in is tackling, and that is an area in which Owens is efficient. He finished 2022 with 125 tackles with a missed tackle percentage of just 6%. In other words, he only missed eight tackles all season.
In coverage, opposing quarterbacks had a passer rating of 128.5 when targeting Owens, but he only gave up three touchdowns and 66.7% of passes thrown his way to be completed. Owens allowed 11.3 yards per target and 16.9 yards per completion.
These are very similar numbers to those of Adrian Amos, who Owens is almost certainly replacing. Amos had 102 tackles last year with a missed tackle percentage of 3.8%. Opposing quarterbacks had a 107.7 rating when targeting Amos, who allowed 70% of passes thrown his way to be caught. Amos allowed 8.6 yards per target and 12.2 yards per completion.
As seen by the above stats, Amos’ numbers were slightly better in 2022, but was also on a continued decline. Owens brings starting experience and will compete for a spot with Darnell Savage and Rudy Ford.
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