2 Packers players who benefit the most from trade deadline decisions

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Carrington Valentine

After falling to the seventh round of the 2023 draft, Valentine vaulted himself up the Packers' depth chart after a strong training camp and preseason. Following the Douglas trade, the Packers removed their top PFF-graded cornerback (75.2) from the equation, opening the door to infuse more youth into the starting lineup.

After eventually earning reps with the starters in the summer, Valentine especially caught the attention of coaches in the Packers' preseason tilt with Cincinnati. He allowed only two catches on six targets for 16 yards, breaking up multiple passes and securing an interception.

Valentine was thrust into his first major regular season action in week seven against Denver, but it would go down as a game he would quickly like to forget. He was targeted early and often, surrendering first downs on back-to-back third downs on the Broncos' opening drive.

While it wasn't the performance anyone was hoping for, the Packers brass nevertheless holds Valentine in high regard after flashing considerable potential in coverage. At 6-foot, with a 4.38 40 time, he gives the Packers a similar lengthy speedster on the perimeter that they have with a healthy Stokes.

As Valentine continues to acclimate, it might not always be the prettiest. But with limited depth at corner while Stokes and Alexander battle injuries, the Packers have their sights set on seeing what they have in the rookie.