Started the first nine games of the 2022 season before ankle/knee injuries ended his season.
Played in 16 games with 14 starts as a rookie and recorded a team-high 14 passes defensed, tied for No. 11 in the NFL and tied for No. 1 among NFL rookies in 2021.
For all NFL defensive backs targeted over 45 times in 2021, ranked No. 4 in the league in lowest completion percentage (49.5) when targeted (Stathead.com).
Started at CB in all nine regular-season games as a junior at Georgia in 2020, earning first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors from The Associated Press after finishing tied for No. 2 in the conference and tied for No. 8 in the nation with four interceptions.
Was tied for No. 2 in the country in 2020 with two INT returns for TDs, posting a 30-yard TD at Arkansas and a 37-yard TD vs. Florida.
Earned Class 4A honorable mention from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a senior at Eastside High School (Covington, Ga.) in 2016 after posting 20 tackles, two INTs and five passes defensed.
Despite missing the final eight games of 2022 due to injury, his 23 starts in 2021-22 tied for the seventh most by a Packers cornerback in the first two seasons of their career dating back to 1950 (Stathead.com).
Played in 16 games with 14 starts as a rookie in 2021, posting 55 tackles (43 solo), a team-high 14 passes defensed and an interception.
Was tied for No. 11 in the NFL and tied for No. 1 among NFL rookies in 2021 in passes defensed (14), the most by a Packers rookie since CB Damarious Randall posted 14 in 2015.
Played on 895 defensive snaps, the second most among 2021 NFL rookies (Las Vegas DB Trevon Moehrig, 1,095), according to TruMedia.
Selected by the Packers in the first round (No. 29 overall) of the 2021 NFL Draft, the first player drafted out of the University of Georgia in the first round in franchise history.
Became the highest-drafted cornerback out of the University of Georgia since Champ Bailey, who was selected in the first round with the No. 4 overall pick by Washington in 1999.
2022 SEASON: Started the first nine games before ankle/knee injuries ended his season...Was placed on injured reserve on Nov. 12...Posted 25 tackles (20 solo) while also contributing on special teams, registering a tackle...At Minnesota (Sept. 11): Recorded four tackles (three solo) on defense and also appeared on 12 special teams plays, registering a tackle…Vs. Chicago (Sept. 18): Posted two tackles (one solo), including coming up to take down WR Equanimeous St. Brown 6 yards shy of the first down as he caught the ball on a slant route on third-and-15, forcing a punt...At Tampa Bay (Sept. 25): One of four players to play all 65 defensive snaps, posting a tackle (solo) when he tracked WR Breshad Perriman across the field on third-and-12 for a gain of only 6 yards...Vs. New England (Oct. 2): Finished with five tackles (all solo). Made two tackles within 3 yards of the line of scrimmage and two tackles on third down that were short of the marker, forcing a punt both times...Vs. N.Y. Giants (Oct. 9):** Played all 61 snaps and finished No. 2 on the team with six tackles (five solo, tied for the team lead)...At Detroit (Nov. 6): Posted a tackle (assist) on 10 defensive snaps before ankle/knee injuries ended his day.
2021: Played in 16 games with 14 starts, logging 55 tackles (43 solo), a team-high 14 passes defensed and an INT…Was tied for No. 11 in the NFL in passes defensed and tied for No. 1 among NFL rookies…For all NFL DBs targeted over 45 times, ranked No. 4 in lowest completion percentage (49.5) when targeted (Stathead.com)…Missed Week 9 at Kansas City due to a knee injury suffered during pregame warmups…At New Orleans (Sept. 12): Made his NFL debut and recorded his first career pass defensed on a third-and-11, breaking up a pass intended for TE Adam Trautman to prevent the Saints from converting in the third quarter…Vs. Detroit (Sept. 20): Appeared as a reserve and played on 44 snaps, recording a tackle and two PDs. Broke up a deep pass from QB Jared Goff to WR Trinity Benson in the end zone on fourth-and-3 with just under two minutes to play in the fourth quarter…At San Francisco (Sept. 26): Made first career start, posting five tackles (four solo) and a pass defensed, breaking up a deep pass from QB Jimmy Garoppolo to WR Deebo Samuel…Vs. Pittsburgh (Oct. 3): Started and posted a career-high eight tackles (all solo) and two passes defensed and recorded his first career INT when he picked off QB Ben Roethlisberger in the fourth quarter…At Baltimore (Dec. 19): Finished with seven tackles (all solo) and a pass defensed…Vs. San Francisco (NFC Divisional, Jan. 22): Started and recorded four tackles (three solo)…2021 Draft: Selected by the Packers in the first round with the No. 29 overall pick.
COLLEGE: Appeared in 36 games with 25 starts during his three seasons at Georgia, posting 78 tackles (60 solo), a sack, two tackles for a loss, four INTs, two INT returns for TDs, 26 passes defensed and a forced fumble…Majored in psychology…Junior season (2020): Started all nine regular-season games, earning first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors from The Associated Press after finishing tied for No. 2 in the conference and tied for No. 8 in the nation with four INTs…Earned second-team All-SEC recognition from the league's coaches and first-team honors from Phil Steele's College Football…Was tied for No. 2 in the country with two INT returns for TDs and finished with 94 INT return yards (23.5 avg.)…Registered 20 tackles (14 solo), a team-high eight passes defensed and three QB hits…Part of a Georgia defense that ranked No. 12 in the nation in total defense (321.0 ypg)…Was named to the preseason watch lists for the Bednarik Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy and also was on the preseason watch list for the Wuerffel Trophy, given annually to the player who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement…Matched his season high with four tackles (all solo) and posted an INT and three passes defensed (tied season high) vs. Florida (Nov. 7)…Picked off QB Kyle Trask early in the second quarter, returning the interception 37 yards for a TD to give the Bulldogs a 21-14 lead…Was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week after posting two tackles (one solo) and an INT that he returned 27 yards at Missouri (Dec. 12)…Sophomore season (2019): Appeared in all 14 games with 13 starts, recording a career-high 38 tackles (30 solo), a sack, five QB hits and a team-high nine passes defensed…Earned second-team AP All-SEC honors and helped the Bulldogs to a No. 1 national ranking in scoring defense (12.6 ppg) and a No. 3 ranking in overall defense (275.7 ypg)…Helped the Bulldogs allow the fewest points in a season in team history (min. 12 games) with 176 as the defense gave up seven or fewer points in five games on the season…Registered three tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and three passes defensed at Tennessee (Oct. 15)…Sacked QB Brian Maurer for a 10-yard loss in the fourth quarter, forcing a fumble that LB Tae Crowder recovered and returned 60 yards for a TD…Redshirt freshman season (2018): Played in 13 games with three starts, opening three of the last four contests, and recorded 20 tackles (16 solo), a tackle for a loss and nine passes defensed (No. 2 on the team)…Was the co-winner of the Defensive Most Improved Player award, which was given out at the team's postseason awards gala.
PERSONAL: Given name Eric Jamane Stokes…Born in Conyers, Ga. …High school: Earned Class 4A honorable mention from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a senior at Eastside High School (Covington, Ga.) in 2016 after posting 20 tackles, two interceptions and five passes defensed…Helped lead the Eagles to a 7-3-1 record and an appearance in the 2016 GHSA playoffs…Registered 20 tackles, a tackle for a loss, two INTs and five passes defensed…Also racked up 279 yards and two TDs on 41 carries (6.8 avg.) and 16 receptions for 183 yards (11.4 avg.) and three TDs…Added an 84-yard kickoff return…Lettered four years in track, participating in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter events as well as the 4x100 and 4x400…Community involvement: Signed autographs to raise money for The Salvation Army…Visited Camp Sunshine while he was in college, spending time with children battling cancer.
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