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Green Bay Packers: Defensive Back With the Most To Prove In the 2024 Season

Green Bay Packers: Defensive Back With The Most To Prove In The 2024 Season

Some players on the Green Bay Packers will have a chip on their shoulder entering training camp after the mandatory mini-camp period just ended. The defense will be different for the Packers this season because they are switching from a 3-4 scheme to a 4-3 scheme.

It has been an Achilles heel in the past for this football team. Green Bay made many personnel changes to the defensive side of the football during the offseason.

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk (11) makes an 11-yard reception before being tackled by Green Bay Packers cornerback Jaire Alexander (23) during the third quarter of their NFC divisional playoff game Saturday, January 20, 2024 at Levi’ Stadium in Santa Clara, California. The San Francisco 49ers beat the Green Bay Packers 24-21.

Will those moves be enough to get the Green Bay Packers over the top this season with an elite offense on the horizon? It remains to be seen how it will develop over time.

Green Bay Packers Cornerback Eric Stokes Listed By Pro Football Focus As 1 of 10 Players With the Most To Prove For the 2024 Season

Dec 24, 2023; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver DJ Chark Jr. (17) makes a touchdown catch defended by Green Bay Packers cornerback Eric Stokes (21) during the second half at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

Pro Football Focus wrote an article about how there are 10 players this NFL season who need to prove themselves. One of the names on the list was Green Bay Packers cornerback Eric Stokes. Bradley Locker of Pro Football Focus said:

“Stokes was solid as a rookie but has faded from memory since, largely because he’s played just 587 defensive snaps in two seasons. Plus, Stokes hasn’t been good when he has played: he allowed a catch on over 80% of targets in coverage across 2022-23.

The Packers upgraded their defense in several departments, but cornerback wasn’t really one of them. As such, Stokes should get one last shot to prove he’s worthy of top-tier playing time before his rookie deal ends.”

Eric Stokes at the moment will be the starting cornerback for the Green Bay Packers. Jaire Alexander will be the other starter. When training camp comes next month, Stokes is going to have to earn his starting job because Carrington Valentine is making a push to steal his starting spot.

Stokes has been dealing with injuries over the past couple of years. When he saw the field last season, Stokes recorded six total tackles. He was the 29th overall pick in the 2021 NFL out of Georgia. Eric Stokes has not lived up to expectations.

Dec 24, 2023; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Carolina Panthers wide receiver Adam Thielen (19) runs for yards after catch chased by Green Bay Packers cornerback Eric Stokes (21) and linebacker Isaiah McDuffie (58) during the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports

If he can not stay on the field again this season. the Green Bay Packers will not bring him back after this season. They did not draft enough cornerback help this offseason and hopefully it does not burn Green Bay in the end if Eric Stokes can not be on the field often this season.



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