Packers wide receiver Amari Rodgers admittedly wasn’t in the best of shape last season. He has said he hopes to regain the trust of coaches and quarterback Aaron Rodgers after a focused offseason. Getting acclimated to the “speed of the NFL took some time” according to Rodgers. Amari Rodgers played 103 total snaps last season with four receptions, numbers he expects will increase exponentially in 2022. He certainly has been vocal about putting in the work this off-season, and now he has a new workout partner that has been pushing him. His very own teammates Eric Stokes.
Amari Rodgers and Eric Stokes Team Up
— Amari Rodgers3️⃣ (@arodgers_3) July 18, 2022
It would appear that since March Amari Rodgers and Eric Stokes have been doing their best version of “iron sharpens iron.” Eric Stokes was taken with the 29th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. At the time all Green Bay seemed to be looking for was an upgrade over Kevin King. What they ended up getting was a legitimate replacement for Jaire Alexander while he was injured. Here are some of his accomplishments in 2021:
- 2021 among the 25 most valuable cornerbacks in the NFL, according to PFF WAR.
- He allowed the lowest rate of separation on his targets league-wide (24.0%)
- Ranked 15th at the position in yards per target (5.9).
- All the press experience he got in college is paying off, with him allowing just seven receptions on 27 targets when playing in press.
Due to injuries, Eric Stokes was asked to play CB1 way sooner than the Packers originally anticipated. At 22 years old, Stokes was going one on one against the likes of Justin Jefferson, Jamaar Chase, Tyreek Hill, and many others. Was it perfect all the time? No. Did it exceed expectations of most rookie CBs? Absolutely it did. Amari Rodgers getting the opportunity to go one on one with Stokes is a great learning experience.
For More Wisconsin Sports News…