Green Bay Packers: 9 Things We’ve Learned in First 4 Games

Sep 26, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; Green Bay Packers cornerback Eric Stokes (21) yells towards the crowd after the Packers defeated the San Francisco 49ers 30-28 at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 26, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; Green Bay Packers cornerback Eric Stokes (21) yells towards the crowd after the Packers defeated the San Francisco 49ers 30-28 at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 26, 2021; Santa Clara, California, USA; Green Bay Packers cornerback Eric Stokes (21) yells towards the crowd after the Packers defeated the San Francisco 49ers 30-28 at Levi’s Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports /

Credit to Stenavich and the OL

Four of the Packers’ current starting five offensive linemen made their first career NFL starts during this 2021 season. Yet despite the youth and inexperience, this unit continues to hold up very well and has done so against some very good 49ers and Steelers pass rushes.

As I’ve already discussed, the run game has been effective and instrumental to the offense’s success these last three games, which of course, is a credit to the offensive line. While Rodgers has had the time that he needs to go through his reads and make a clean throw from the pocket, with the help at times from the Packer tight ends and quick passing game.

According to ESPN, the Green Bay Packers’ offensive line currently ranks 10th in run-blocking win rate and sixth in pass-blocking win rate. The players deserve all the credit for their performances, but we can’t forget about OL coach Adam Stenavich either, who has turned out to be a home run hire.

The Green Bay Packers have a punter

Corey Bojorquez has come as advertised. He has the power to flip the field, just as he did against Pittsburgh, booting a 57-yard punt from his own end zone that was fair caught. He can pin the opposing team deep in their own territory, again, something he did this past Sunday. And Bojorquez also is very good at directional punting, pinning returners along the sidelines, and limiting the options that they have–his four punts out of bounds is the most in football.

Bojorquez ranks eighth in net punt return average and has an overall average of 47.8 yards per punt.

The Green Bay Packers found their CB2

Eric Stokes only played eight snaps Week 1, but saw his role expand greatly in Week 2 and has become a starter with the injury to Kevin King. Like any rookie, he has taken his lumps and has areas to improve upon, but it also looks like the Green Bay Packers have found a cornerback that they can pair with Jaire Alexander for the foreseeable future.

According to PFF ($$), Stokes has been targeted 25 times and allowed a completion rate of 52 percent and only 8.4 yards per catch. He also has an interception, three pass breakups, and a passer rating of 60.3. Even when Stokes has allowed a completion, he’s often been right there to contest the play.