Rookies are supposed to be unprepared, inexperienced and unimpressive in their NFL debuts. They’re supposed to shy away from the limelight as they try to fully grasp the NFL game compared to previous levels of football that they’ve experienced.
Green Bay Packers receiver Randall Cobb didn’t get that memo.
He also didn’t get the memo alerting players that they wouldn’t be susceptible to as many kickoff returns for touchdowns in 2011 with the new kickoff rule either.
But in his first game as an NFL player and in the first game of the 2011 NFL season, Cobb returned a kickoff for a touchdown. And it was a beauty.
Unlike Ginn Jr. or receiver Percy Harvin of the Minnesota Vikings, Cobb didn’t receive the support from the blockers up front or rely strictly upon his speed. Cobb had to bounce off members of the kickoff team and had to fight off the ground too, before all was said and done.
It didn’t get any better than Cobb’s return in Week 1.