The Green Bay Packers have added a new player to its defensive backfield.
General Manager Brian Gutekunst announced on Thursday that the Packers claimed S Johnathan Abram off waivers from the Las Vegas Raiders. According to Packers.com, Abram (5-11, 205), a fourth-year player out of Mississippi State, was selected by the Raiders in the first round (No. 27 overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft. He played in 36 games with 34 starts for Las Vegas, registering 246 tackles (156 solo), 12 passes defensed, three interceptions, eight tackles for a loss, nine QB hits, and a fumble recovery on defense and nine tackles on special teams. Abram started six of eight games he played in for the Raiders this season and was No. 2 on the team in both tackles (48) and solo tackles (35).
Packers insiders suggest that the acquisition of Abram could allow Darnell Savage to move into slot coverage after weeks of struggling in the safety position.