GREEN BAY, Wis. -- If Kevin King thanked the coaches when they assigned him to cover Bengals receiver A.J. Green last month, what will the Green Bay Packers rookie cornerback say if they put him on Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant on Sunday?
"Thanks again," King said.
As far as King is concerned, that's why he's here. The Packers' top draft pick believes he was brought in to cover everyone's No. 1 receiver.
"I think that you guys can kind of tell just by my play and how we've been talking, that doesn't really faze me too much," King said.
The Packers have tried myriad plans to cover Bryant in recent years. Last year, it fell on LaDarius Gunter, the former undrafted free agent who isn't on the team anymore. Defensive coordinator Dom Capers and cornerbacks coach Joe Whitt thought a healthy Gunter was better than Damarious Randall or Quinten Rollins -- two high draft picks who were banged up and who struggled last season. Even with help, Gunter couldn't handle Bryant, who caught nine passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns in the Packers' 34-31 playoff victory. Gunter was released after Week 1 this season.
Bryant didn't play in last year's 30-16 regular-season loss at Lambeau Field because of a tibial plateau fracture, and during the 2015 game it didn't matter who covered him because Matt Cassel was so ineffective as the Cowboys quarterback. Before that, Sam Shields shadowed Bryant in a 26-21 playoff win at Green Bay in 2014 and held him to three catches for 38 yards -- aided, of course, by the no-catch ruling on Bryant's late near-miracle reception.
Now, it may be King's turn. Cornerback Davon House has missed the last two games because of a quad injury, and Packers coach Mike McCarthy told Randall to leave the sideline in a bizarre incident during Thursday's win over the Bears.
King played only six snaps on defense in the season opener but saw his snap count spike in Week 2, which included some time against Falcons receiver Julio Jones. Then King was assigned to cover Green in Week 3. King helped prevent the Bengals star from making any big plays. Although Green caught 10 passes, including a touchdown, he averaged just 11.1 yards per reception.
The ultra-confident King already has discovered that life as a No. 1 NFL cornerback means going from Jones to Green to Bryant and so on.
"Kind of just stay even-keeled about things because we've got a good guy coming up and another good guy, another good guy," King said. "Just learn how to stack success."
King has everything anyone could want in a No. 1 cornerback: size (6-foot-3), long arms (32 inches) and speed (4.43 in the 40).
"His size and length, Kevin's size and length against A.J., was really the best matchup we felt we had from a size standpoint," Capers said. "Davon House has been a guy that we think can do those kinds of things, but he wasn't available, so Kevin stepped up and did a good job with the challenge."
King sounds up for another challenge in the next game.
Every game, however, he must learn the nuances of a new receiver.
But as he pointed out, "They haven't faced me yet, either."