Green Bay Packers: Randall Cobb Poised for Breakout Year

J.P. Scott@TheJPScottSenior Analyst IJune 15, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - DECEMBER 11:  Randall Cobb #18 of the Green Bay Packers moves past Lito Sheppard #21 of the Oakland Raiders at Lambeau Field on December 11, 2011 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Packers defeated the Raiders 46-16.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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We all saw Randall Cobb charge out of the gates against the New Orleans Saints last year with an opening game performance for the ages.  Whether it was as a receiver or returner, Cobb constantly had people on their feet in at Lambeau Field.

Toward the middle of the year he quieted down, only to resurface at the end of the season in a slightly expanded roll.

2012 looks to be the year the Randall Cobb steps up as a key contributor to the Packers vaunted offense on a weekly basis.  Drafted to replace Donald Driver, Cheeseheads can expect him to embrace that role this fall.

His crisp route running and game-breaking speed make him an upgrade to Driver at this point.  He is one of those guys who require a cliché when talking about him, as he can turn almost any touch into a score.

We saw a similar situation pan out in Pittsburgh last season when Antonio Brown matured and essentially ended Hines Ward's career.

It's always sad to see fan favorite fade away, as we are beginning to see with Driver.  Driver put in valuable years at Lambeau and will leave behind a fine legacy.  Cobb, however, should soften the blow with his electric playing style and highlight-reel return game. 

Adding Cobb to what is an already stacked arsenal at Aaron Rodger's disposal will allow the Packers to keep their reputation as one of the most dangerous offensive units in the league and maintain their status as serious championship contenders.