Breaking Down What Randall Cobb Brings to Packers Offense
The speedy wideout can do just about everything, and more importantly, he does it all rather well.
I call him a wideout because that is what he has evolved into. Last year as a rookie he could be considered a returner that occasionally found some snaps at wide receiver.
However, this season it is clear that Cobb's role within the offense is expanding in a big way.
Against the San Francisco 49ers in the season opener, Cobb had nine catches for 77 yards, while also returning a punt 75 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
Quarterback Aaron Rodgers certainly has a plethora of options to throw the ball too, but Cobb is quickly asserting himself as one of the most explosive.
Last season, he finished second in the league in kickoff-return average (27.7 yards) and managed 375 yards receiving on just 25 catches.
What sets Cobb apart, aside from his blinding speed, is his vision and elusiveness. The way in which he reads a defense and dissects it before making defenders miss is truly extraordinary.
Look at this 108-yard kickoff return from last season against the New Orleans Saints for a glimpse at just how elusive he truly is:
Cobb does not move in a straight line and hope to simply outrun everyone. He waits for blocks to develop, takes advantage of his shiftiness and weaves through the Saints defenders.
This was not a one time stroke of luck either, Cobb has similar vision after receiving passes from Rodgers.
In the following clip, he shows a willingness to go over the dreaded middle of the field, snag a catch in traffic, and juke a defender out of his shoes en route to the end zone.
With Cobb now at the No. 4 spot on the Packers depth chart (ahead of Donald Driver) there should be more chances to see him bring an electricity and energy to Green Bay's passing game.
Of course, after a playing a year of quarterback in college he could always take Aaron Rodgers job if need be, but there is no film of that just yet.
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