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Thursday Cheese Curds: Young Packers defenders need to take a big step

The Packers are banking on big seasons from players like Eric Stokes.

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The Packers have a lot of talent on defense, it’s true. But for the defense to reach its full potential, they’re going to need big contributions from some of their younger prospects.

Eric Stokes had an excellent rookie season, and the Packers will need him to take a big step forward to solidify their secondary. Quay Walker is as athletic and talented as they come, and if he can play a big role early, the Packers will have a linebacker group unlike anything we’ve seen in quite some time. Devonte Wyatt is the defensive line version of Walker; athletic and talented, the perfect accompanying piece for an elite teammate at the same position.

Banking on those kinds of contributions from young palmers is anything but a sure thing, though, and if youngsters like Stokes, Walker, and Wyatt can’t live up to their potential, the Packers defense could very quickly discover some unexpected holes.

That’s not unique to the Packers, of course, but it does show some of the challenges that even a very talented defense could face heading into a season full of big expectations.

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