Jul 01, 2022
Packers: This second-year player could break out in 2022
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Look for second-year pro Eric Stokes to have a breakout season for the Green Bay Packers.
If there was ever a player to have a breakout season on the Green Bay Packers roster, look no further than 2021 first-round cornerback, Eric Stokes.
Not only is Stokes playing opposite of a proven commodity in Jaire Alexander, but he is an absolute … DAWG! This former Georgia star really made a name for himself throughout the draft process two years ago, in addition to starring in the always deep SEC.It is for that reason so many people are so high on Stokes ahead of his second NFL season with the Packers. He is going to break out.
If Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network and former Pro bowl defensive back Samari Rolle think this highly of Stokes, you better believe this guy is going to be a superstar for Green Bay really soon.
Such a good breakdown. The #Packers D should take a leap, not only with Jaire Alexander healthy but coaches view Eric Stokes as a budding star primed for a big year. Stokes’ continued emergence should be something to watch. https://t.co/T7EaGRy5z4
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 30, 2022
Look for Eric Stokes to be this year’s breakout star for the Green Bay Packers
From a pure talent standpoint, Stokes has everything you could want from a defensive back. He has got size, speed, ball skills and all the intangibles. But perhaps the best part about his game is Stokes has shown he can play alongside other great players. He did this at Georgia and he is going to keep on doing this in Green Bay. With up to four more years under contract, he is the real deal.
For Green Bay to have great success this season, the Packers will need to lean on its defense a bit more than usual. They might have the two-time reigning NFL MVP under center in Aaron Rodgers, but who is he going to be throwing the football to anyhow? Exactly. Rodgers will turn guys into stars alright, but the Packers are getting to the Super Bowl if their defense is not of great quality.
The good news is with Alexander and Stokes’ ascensions should have the Packers on the rise in the back-end of their defense. If they can generate a consistent pass rush and hang tough in run defense, their side of the ball might be good enough to help Green Bay win multiple playoff games. Regardless, Green Bay has shown everybody how to burn through No. 1 seeds like nobody else.
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26-Year-Old Big Man Sounds Off on Time With Warriors
Getty Kevon Looney of the Golden State Warriors.
When you think of the Golden State Warriors, a few players come to mind. Obviously, there’s Stephen Curry. And after that, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson should be next. Some may even think of Andre Iguodala and Kevin Durant.
But for diehard Warriors fans, one player who likely stands out immediately is Kevon Looney. This past season he emerged as one of the most underrated big man in the league, as he played in every single game the Warriors played – regular season and playoffs.
And because of his improved play, Looney was handed a shiny new contract that will see him remain in Golden State through the 2024-25 season. During a recent interview with NBC Sports Bay Area, Looney described what it means to him to have stuck in the NBA for so long.
“You set goals, you don’t want to get too comfortable, too stagnant. To have a seven, eight-year career is already something to brag about,” Looney stated. “So for me to continue to go on and sign a new contract and continue to be a role model for the kids here, it just means a lot.”
The Larry O trophy continues to make its rounds across the country. After recent stops in Toronto & Louisville, it finds itself in Milwaukee with Kevon Looney at his annual basketball camp. ???? pic.twitter.com/SOemeA3Hox
— Jason Dumas (@JDumasReports) August 11, 2022
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Despite having been in the league for seven seasons, though, Looney is still only 26 years old. He has plenty of room to improve. Not only does his new contract mean a lot to him because of his on-court play, but also because of what it will allow him to do off the court.Looney Excited to Impact Community
Last year marked one of the most productive seasons of Looney’s career, and not only will he be able to build on his on-court accomplishments, but he will also get the chance to grow and build a culture in Golden State with the rest of his team.
“It means a lot. Just my growth as a player, as a man. To be able to come back here and continue to make an impact on the community, make an impact on my team,” Looney explained.
We should talk about Kevon Looney performance in game 6 against Memphis more.
One of the best game in his career ???? pic.twitter.com/NnYL0c3D8I
— UG(SCDG) (@SCDG2330) August 5, 2022
While Looney appearing in all 82 regular season games was impressive, his playoff run was even more fun to watch. In the 22 games he played in (every single one), Looney averaged 5.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, and 2.2 assists on 65.9% shooting from the field.
But while his main focus is the Warriors, that wasn’t always the case.Looney Happy About Other Team’s Success
Being from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Looney grew up a Bucks fan, and aside for rooting for him, his family is too. Looney said that he’s glad the Bucks are good now because it gives him and his family something to talk about.
“It’s even better that the Bucks are good now, so when I go to the barbershops, I talk to my family, it’s a lot of great basketball conversations,” Looney said. “It’s just a lot of fun to talk back with my family and friends and share these moments with them and talk about ‘I remember when’ and those things. All my dreams as a kid, to see me live them out and be able to share these moments is just special.”
It’s great that the Warriors valued Looney enough to bring him back, and it’s even better to see how humble he still is.