GREEN BAY — From the tunnels of Sanford stadium with the Georgia Bulldogs tonight was the first time Quay Walker, Devonte Wyatt and Eric Stokes will run through the Lambeau field tunnel as teammates with the Packers.
It’s that Georgia connection that’s helping the two rookies quickly adapt to the NFL.
“I can’t wait. I got family down here too. I know I get to meet (some of Wyatt's and Stokes's) family, but I can’t wait to meet the rest of them,” said Packers rookie Devonte Wyatt before the game.
Cornerback Eric Stokes, the second year player and veteran of the group, is excited to see the other two get doughy eyed when they enter the field tonight.
“I can’t wait to just see how their eyes go light up and all that stuff,” he said before the game. “Exactly how mine was the last time we had family night and it rained and all that little stuff. I can’t wait to see how they’re going to handle this.”
Coming into the NFL can be a tough task no matter where you were drafted, but Wyatt and Walker say Stokes's guidance has been instrumental.
“That definitely helped. I know sometimes I get frustrated with myself when I probably had a rookie mistake or whatever the case maybe,” said rookie linebacker Quay Walker. “I talk to Eric Stokes, he comes over and talks to me, just letting me know he was going through similar things last year. That's kind of making me feel a little bit better about my mistakes even though you don’t want to make the same mistake twice.
And even for Stokes, having his old teammates back – helps lessen the stress on tough days.
“Man, it’s just like that comfort, that trust. I know for a fact, if anything go down, or I mess up, I know Quay will come over there and cheer me up because we have been through something or like, if (he’s) going through it or Wyatt going through it, or anyone going through it, we can just slide to each other and we can make a quick little joke about something in the past.