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Green Bay Packers: CB room 1 week before the major cutdown

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Five corners look to be locks for the Green Bay Packers roster ahead of the cut down next week to 53, with two others fighting for a spot.

Jaire Alexander, Kevin King, Eric Stokes, Chandon Sullivan and Shemar Jean-Charles. Those are the five corners that we have a really good idea will be making final cuts next Tuesday for the Green Bay Packers. After them it could be a toss up for the 6th corner.

The Green Bay Packers made things a little easier within the last week. They traded Josh Jackson to the New York Giants for Isaac Yiadom and then shipped off Ka’darr Hollman to the Houston Texans for a 7th round draft pick for 2022. So, that now leaves Kabion Ento and Isaac Yiadom to fight for a spot on the roster.

Five players, not four, are locks due to Green Bay drafting both Stokes and Jean-Charles. Shemar Jean-Charles will not be a practice squad candidate. The team likes what he could bring – and he has been trending upward as of late. That will be important to keep seeing, considering the high hopes the Green Bay Packers have for the Appalachian State product.

Stokes has also had his fair share of highs and lows – but that should be expected when he’s been running with the 1s throughout camp and preseason. Aaron Rodgers and Co. have thrown just about everything they can at the rookie. That’s only going to help Stokes as a player in the long run.

 

The acquisition of Isaac Yiadom for the Green Bay Packers looks to give them a solid special teams player. Yiadom has played 489 special teams snaps since entering the league in 2018. The Green Bay Packers finished 29th in Rick Gosselin’s special teams rankings in 2020 — including a league-worst in punt coverage (17.1 yards.) Yiadom could make the roster on his special teams experience alone.

Then there’s Kabion Ento. He’s been a standout pretty much all throughout practice and in preseason games. Yiadom might have more special teams upside – but Ento has been playing well at corner. He’s made multiple plays in real-time action and on the practice field that haven’t gone unnoticed. One more impressive showing from Ento this weekend against the Buffalo Bills – and I think he solidifies himself a roster spot on the Green Bay Packers.

Like every other position – the Green Bay Packers front office and coaching staff have some hard decisions to make in a week. When it comes to corner, you already have a good idea of what the core is, but there is good and bad when looking at Yiadom vs. Ento.

A team like the Green Bay Packers can certainly use a quality special teams player like Yiadom to hopefully help improve a problem area for the team. He also brings you more in-game experience. On the other hand, Ento could potentially become a player that could truly flourish with this defense if given the opportunity to build on what he’s been doing in camp.

There is the option of keeping seven CBs – but that just puts more strain on the rest of the roster (one that is already going to have difficult decisions with their wide receivers.) If the team went in that direction – it is solely based on the value Yiadom could bring to the special teams unit.

This years core of cornerbacks shows promise. If Stokes keeps building on what he’s learning, he could become a clear upgrade from Kevin King. King is looking to use last years shortcomings as motivation to come back better this season, but he has to win the job away from Stokes who has taken over the #2 spot with King’s early absence from camp. We all know what Jaire brings to the table as a lockdown #1 corner, and Sullivan looks to be the primary ‘Star’ corner this season.

Saturday is the final day for Kabion Ento and Isaac Yiadom, among other players, to make lasting impressions on the team in hopes to make the final cut. Coaches and the front office will likely keep a magnifying glass on the two to get a better idea of who is the better fit – or if they’re both worth keeping.

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