Rasul Douglas returns to where he belongs. In Green Bay, Wisconsin. The free agent penned a three-year contract worth $21 million to stay with the Green Bay Packers.
With the No. 29 CB back, it is safe to say that the best cornerback trio plays their home games at Lambeau Field, and all three of them might be included in future sports picks being operated by bookmakers. All-Pro cornerback Jaire Alexander, steady second-year Eric Stokes, and then Douglas proved to be undoubtedly the most impactful in-season acquisition on defense in the league.
The team has never had a cornerback trio like this. Yes, supporters remember the good old days of Charles Woodson – who was an extraordinary CB- Tramon Williams, Casey Hayward, and Sam Shields. This current crop of CB at Packers belongs in that same spec.
It will interest you to know that Douglas, Alexander, and Stokeshave only played in a single game altogether. It was Green Bay’s divisional-round defeat to San Francisco. A lot of people are quick to forget that the 49ers’ offense scored only six points. As this set gets more experience next year, opposing sides will find it extremely difficult to throw on these guys, especially in January at Lambeau Field.
Each of these players is extremely versatile. Alexander can cover outside receivers and slots. The speed of Alexander is his major strength as well as his tinning, which is key in the NFL. Alexander knows how to jump a path and at the very least also break up a pass perfectly without getting called for interference of pass. In four career campaigns – numbering 48 career matches – he has only seven career penalties against him.
He can rub shoulders with the best jump-ball receivers in the sport as well on very deep passes. He has recorded 44 career passes defended in his young professional career.
Eric Stokes is one of the most underrated young defensive players in the NFL. He emerged second among rookies last year in pass break-ups with a whopping 14. He is arguably one of the fastest players in the league with a speed of 4.2 speeds. After game week 5, with the exception of game Week 9, Stokes would go on to play from the start of every single contest for Joe Barry’s backline.
Despite taking some lumps, he had a strong first year in the League. Especially considering the fact that he guarded the likes of Ja’Marr Chase, DeAndre Hopkins, D.K. Metcalf, Justin Jefferson, Odell Beckham Jr., Deebo Samuel, and Cooper Kupp. He is expected to take another step in Year 2 in DC Joe Barry’s team system alongside Douglas and Alexander.
Douglas is the man of the moment. After being part of three different practice squads last year, Green Bay acquired him in October. He went on to break out. In just 12 contests, Douglas recorded five INTs.
The most memorable moment of Douglas was his game-winning INT on a Thursday in Arizona that was quite amazing. He recorded a season-high nine tackles that match also. He also recorded back-to-back contests with a pick-six. The CB also had a match with two interceptions against Cleveland on Christmas Day.
He was a stimulus for Green Bay’s backline, especially with both CB Kevin King and Alexander being out injured. The ball skills and versatility that Douglas displayed during this period were unbelievable. Many believed he should’ve been voted to be an All-Pro with his incredibly fantastic season.
With Douglas and the Packers agreeing on fresh terms on a new contract after an outstanding season last year, Alexander completely staying fit going into the year 2022, and Stokes entering his second year after a good rookie year, the CB situation is in a perfect spot. They are undoubtedly set up for long-term success.