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Green Bay Packers rookie cornerback Eric Stokes has already made a strong impression on wide receiver Davante Adams.
And Adams should know. After all, he has occasionally been matched up against Stokes in training camp.
“I mean, the kid is fast as hell,” Adams told reporters. “He can get beat and recover kind of like how Sam Shields would do.”
Stokes was selected in the first round, No. 29 overall out of Georgia. Right now, he’s fighting for the starting spot with Kevin King, who is a little behind thanks to a hamstring issue.
“It will be a competition all the way through,” Packers coach Matt LaFleur said. “And Kevin, shoot, he’s played a lot of ball here. And I think when he challenges guys at the line of scrimmage, I think he’s as good as anybody. But we’ll let that thing play out.”
Stokes doesn’t mind matching up with Adams, or more specifically, matching up with Adams when he’s taking passes from no less than Aaron Rodgers. It’s the type of terrible twosome that most opposing cornerbacks dread.
“He came to me after one of the practices and was like, ‘Keep getting me better, bro, like, I appreciate this,’” Adams said. “’I know you’re getting after me.’”
Stokes entered the NFL with a reputation as a guy who could make an impact in time. But from the sounds of things, that time may come sooner than we thought.