Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE
Perhaps the biggest reason the Packers have to be positive following their loss to the 49ers was the performance of second-year phenom Randall Cobb.
Cobb not only continued to have the same type of success he had on special teams a year ago, he added a big day on offense to his repertoire as well.
Just when the game was looking out of reach, Cobb had a 75-yard punt return for a touchdown with 11:35 remaining in the fourth quarter to pull the Packers within one score of the 49ers, 23-15.
But Cobb's contributions on offense may have been equally impressive. He was the Packers' leader in receptions with nine for 77 yards.
It was the way that the Packers utilized him on offense that was a breath of fresh air, however. From lining up in the slot to the offensive backfield, he's being used as a multidimensional threat.
Cobb was motioned out of the backfield and caught passes downfield, as well as on screen passes. The Packers are making a concerted effort to create mismatches with Cobb against slower linebackers.
Green Bay showed a few times during training camp and the preseason that they were using Cobb in the backfield, but nothing like the amount they did on Sunday. It should be really interesting to see how they use him going forward.