Eric Stokes and De’Vondre Campbell impressed for the Packers in Week 3.
Though the Green Bay Packers defense still has its issues, the two new players, Eric Stokes and De’Vondre Campbell, showed out against the San Francisco 49ers.
Stokes and Campbell gave the best defensive performance by playing aggressive and showing great awareness.
Playing with purpose
Since Stokes and Campbell are new additions to the Packers, they are motivated to prove their worthiness. While Campbell has started every game this season, Stokes has had to compete against Kevin King for the cornerback position.
It is frustrating to see Stokes not starting, given King’s struggles. Blown coverages have been a common theme for King including the one in Week 1 against the New Orleans Saints, which resulted in a 55-yard touchdown from Jameis Winston to Deonte Harris. The defense needs to move on from King and let Stokes take over at CB2.
Stokes definitely made his case for the starting position against the 49ers while King was out due to illness. His excellent pass coverage has earned him the right to start from this point on, and it would be foolish to allow King to continue in that role. Joe Barry needs to wake up and realize that Stokes is the better choice for the CB2 position.
Given that Stokes is only a rookie, he is playing well beyond his years. Stokes is one of those rookies who plays at a veteran level. He was very impressive against the 49ers with five tackles and a pass defense.
Without a doubt, this young cornerback has a very bright future ahead of him.
De’Vondre Campbell has increased production from the defensive line. His leadership is evident as he motivates the rest of the defense. Once Za’Darius Smith returns from injury, the defensive interior will be a huge problem for offenses with both Smith and Campbell.
The Packers were very smart in acquiring Campbell as he has lived up to expectations and then some. We should expect to see more explosiveness from Campbell as the season progresses.