Packers: Top 5 boom or bust players in 2023 ranked

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2. Eric Stokes, CB

Third-year cornerback Eric Stokes is recovering from a significant injury and it's unclear when he will be ready to return.

It could be a make-or-break season for Stokes.

Stokes looked like a future star as a rookie. Even without All-Pro Jaire Alexander available for much of the year, Stokes stepped into a starting role and dominated.

Quarterbacks threw his way without much success. According to Pro Football Reference, only 49.5% of passes were completed in Stokes' coverage, with a passer rating of 71.3. He only had one interception but broke up 14 passes.

Unfortunately, Stokes' second year couldn't have gone much worse. He only played in nine games before suffering a season-ending injury, but Stokes struggled before then. He allowed 80% of passes to be completed in his coverage, with quarterbacks earning a 123.5 passer rating against him.

At his best in 2021, Stokes showed Pro Bowl potential. But he failed to back that up last season before the injury.

He now enters a crucial third season with the Packers. The hope is that he will be able to get back to his 2021 best. Hopefully, Stokes makes a quick recovery from injury and is ready to go when training camp begins in late July.