Every year Pro Football Focus goes through the rosters on every NFL team, looking for a secret superstar. And by “secret” they mean low-key or lesser-known players that have played some decent football. And by “superstar” they probably mean players that could develop into superstars in 2017, because at this moment, I don’t see much super in this group.
To clear up the confusion, they wrote that these are “players who have performed well but have yet to receive the recognition their play deserves.”
When looking over the Chicago Bears’ roster, you’d struggle to find a player worthy of such a designation. There are a few Pro Bowl types of players on the roster like Jordan Howard, Kyle Long, and Josh Sitton. A couple of youngsters that are primed to make a bigger splash in 2017 are Leonard Floyd and Cody Whitehair. There are a few established veterans on the team like Jerrell Freeman, Willie Young, Quintin Demps, and Prince Amukamara. And a couple others that had their breakout season last year like Cameron Meredith and Akiem Hicks.
But to pick a low-key Bears’ starter that has performed well, without the recognition they deserved, I had no idea who PFF was going to pick.
I scrolled down and was a bit surprised at their selection.
S Adrian Amos
2016 snaps: 938
Key stat: Has recorded exactly 20 defensive stops and 10 missed tackles in each of his first two seasons of play.
Despite being a fifth-round pick, Amos has started the past two seasons for the Bears and performed well in those snaps. He has been flagged just twice across two years, and has recorded 39 run stops in those seasons. Amos has been a force against the run and improved his coverage grade to 78.4 last season.
Is Amos primed for superstardom?
I’d like to see him record his first career interception before going that far.
But what if Amos is ready to take the next step in his development?
If his coverage skills are improving, which happens as a young player becomes more comfortable in a defense, maybe Amos will lock down the safety spot next to free agent acquisition Demps. Maybe Amos will feel the pressure from rookie Eddie Jackson, and that will provide the boost to his overall play.
Amos has been a solid, albeit unspectacular player in his two years in Chicago, but at just 24 years old, perhaps his best is yet to come.