Eric Stokes deserves more playing time
Kevin King did improve as the game went on, but he made a terrible start, allowing a 46-yard completion to Lions wide receiver Quintez Cephus. It was the worst possible start for King, who struggled last week against the New Orleans Saints, and also in last January’s NFC title game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The pressure is on King, especially with first-round pick Eric Stokes making an impact when he got an opportunity.
Stokes impressed, making one tackle and two pass defenses. His first breakup came on an important fourth-and-1. The Packers had taken the lead for the first time, but the Lions were well positioned to bounce back with the ball on Green Bay’s 25-yard line. With the Lions opting to go for it, Stokes broke up the pass to give the Packers possession.
He also had a pass breakup later on in the end zone. The game was already over by that stage, but it was a great play nonetheless, preventing a touchdown. On these two plays, Stokes showed his ability to break up passes.
King still seems to be the preferred starter on the outside, and he did respond well from his struggles early on, but there’s no doubt he’s under pressure from Stokes.