Packers: Top 5 lessons learned in Week 2 loss to Falcons

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 17: Aaron Rodgers
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1. Long live the “King”

Week 2 was Kevin King’s coming-out party in that he made no qualms about getting physical with Atlanta’s offensive weapons.

The rookie used his instincts and coverage technique to anticipate a slant to Andre Roberts by deflecting the pass on the third play of the second quarter.

King later set his sights on (Julio) Jones by staying stride-for-stride with the Falcons’ game breaker on a pass into the end zone on 1st and goal on the same drive.

The 6-foot-3 corner once again denied Jones by diving in front of another ball intended for his opponent and deflecting it in a great display of agility on 2nd and 9 on Atlanta’s last offensive series of the first half.

The long, lanky defender showed his teeth in the second half by knocking power back Tevin Coleman off his feet by hitting him low on a screen play that failed to gain any yardage.

As the game progressed, one could feel King’s confidence grow in the way he read the offense and attacked the ball instead of sitting on his heels.

There’s a lot to like here and what the coaching staff learned last night is that No. 20 is not only a starter, but Green Bay’s No. 1 cornerback.

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So, the next time a premiere receiver appears on the schedule, it will be King and not Randall entrusted with the task of making that adversary a non-factor.