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Receiver/returner Randall Cobb has put up spectacular numbers in his second season
Randall Cobb injured his ankle returning a punt last Sunday, and if the dynamic second-year player can’t go in the regular season finale at Minnesota, he’ll fall just short of making NFL history. With 46 receiving yards and 36 kick return yards, Cobb would become the first player to gain 1,000 yards in each.
That Cobb is on the verge of starting his own “1,000/1,000 club” tells you two things. It tells you that the 22-year-old is having one heck of a season. It also tells you that very few Pro Bowl-caliber wide receivers have ever doubled as their team’s primary kick returner. And that brings me to the real point of this post.
Cobb should’ve been taken off special teams weeks ago. Returning kicks is not something a No. 1 receiver needs to be doing – especially when that No. 1 receiver weighs 192 pounds. It makes even less sense when you look at the numbers. Green Bay is ranked 12th in kick returns and 11th in punt returns. Not bad, but not good enough to justify exposing a player as valuable to the offense as Cobb. And I’m not the only one who thinks this way. Star quarterback Aaron Rodgers ended Sunday’s post-game press conference by saying, “He’s a big-time player. Hope we can get him off special teams soon.”
Despite the wishes of his best player, Mike McCarthy has no intention of making such a move at this time. ”Now, if we’re sitting here next year, we might be having a different conversation, but the way our team is built for 2012, Randall Cobb is a huge part of our success on special teams,” stated the head coach.
Look, I completely understand not wanting to make a switch now. Even though wide receiver Jeremy Ross was an accomplished returner in college, the postseason is no time to ask a rookie to get his feet wet. But next September is a different story. By then, the Packers will have had an entire offseason to break in a new return man. Whether it’s Ross or DuJuan Harris or somebody else, a player not named Cobb should be the one getting blown up 80 times in 2013. And while that might keep the “1,000/1,000 club” empty for yet another year, it might just help keep one of the game’s best young players on the field.
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Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb was held out of practice for a second straight day after suffering an ankle injury during last week’s game.
Packers practice update, DNP: Cobb (ankle/knee), Starks (knee), House (shoulder)
— Pete Dougherty (@PeteDougherty) December 27, 2012
i got a feeling the Packers will keep Cobb out of this week’s regular season finale so he’ll...
Packers receiver Randall Cobb, who is dealing with an ankle injury, will go back on return duty when healthy, according to coach Mike McCarthy.Fantasy Spin:Cobb has already set a Green Bay single season all-purpose yards record with 2,342, including 954 receiving through Week 16. He's a huge part of the Packers' offense and that includes all his punt and kickoff return yards...
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb injured his
ankle in the third quarter of yesterday’s rout of the Tennessee Titans, reports
Kareem Copeland of NFL.com.
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb left
Sunday's 55-7 blowout win over the Tennessee Titans in the third
quarter with an ankle injury and did not return.
Cobb sustained the injury while fielding...
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb was limited at
practice Wednesday and will once again participate on a limited basis today.
However, coach Mike McCarthy said the talented wide out will test his injuries
on Friday to see whether or not he’s fit to play this weekend against the
Minnesota Vikings, reports Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy says leading receiver Randall Cobb is too valuable to take off of kick returns for safety reasons.
McCarthy says Monday that if Cobb is healthy, he will be the Packers' full-time punt and kick returner, even in the wake of the ankle injury he suffered in Sunday's 55-7 rout of the Tennessee Titans.
Cobb was injured when tackled by Tennessee...
Green Bay wide receiver Randall Cobb was held out of practice today after suffering an ankle injury during last week’s game against the Titans.
Did not practice for #Packers: Cobb, Sitton, Starks. Cobb had his helmet but didn’t do anything in media portion. Woodson did only scout
— Rob Demovsky (@RobDemovsky) December 26, 2012
Even though Cobb missed practice, the good news...
Green Bay Packers kickoff return specialst Randall Cobb may have had the heads up play of the day against the Tennessee Titans. Titan’s kicker Rob Bironas kicked a ball of that landed four yards short of the goaline and a yard from the sideline. Cobb placed one foot out of bounds then touched the ball, [...]
Once he's healthy, Randall Cobb will remain the Packers' kick returner, coach Mike McCarthy said unequivocally on Monday, one day after losing Cobb with an ankle injury.
Aaron Rodgers let it be known Sunday that he would prefer Randall Cobb stick to making big plays on offense -- and offense only. "He's a big-time player. Hope we can get him off special teams soon," the quarterback said following the Packers' 55-7 rout of Tennessee at Lambeau Field. Rodgers' comments came after the versatile playmaker set Green Bay's...
After watching the total beat-down of the Tennessee Titans by the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field yesterday, many have just one question: who were those guys and what did they do with our Packers?!Was this dominating team, on both offense and defense, the same team we've seen struggling to put away lesser opponents throughout most of the season?In the last regular season game...
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Green Bay's leading receiver is dealing with knee and ankle injuries and was left out of practice to start the week. He's a must-start if he's in the lineup, but the situation in Green Bay is...