WR Randall Cobb - Green Bay Packers
|5-10, 191||Born: 8-20-1990||College: Kentucky||Drafted: Round 2|
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General News (Wed Feb 1): dropped only two of his 105 targets this season and led the team with a drop rate of 1.9 percent. Cobb also led the team with an average of 5.05 yards after the catch.
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Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 20 vs ATL (9 / 6 / 82 / 0 rec)
Cobb was one of the few Packers receivers not dropping the ball repeatedly, but his production really came from three longer plays, the biggest of which was a 34-yard play for a first down pass in the fourth quarter. On that play, Aaron Rodgers was able to buy himself some time scrambling and the Falcons were in a prevent-style defense. Cobb was able to find some open space and Rodgers in turn found him for a big play. Cobb also had a nice catch for 17 yards on a crossing route when the Falcons were playing a soft zone. He found the seam and Rodgers delivered a nice pass which Cobb hauled in for a good gain.
2016 Week 19 vs DAL (8 / 7 / 62 / 0 rec)
Cobb's role was throttled back a bit this week, though the Dallas Cowboys also took great pains in containing him considering how he decimated the New York Giants last week. He still played well against Dallas, but lacked the big plays which marked last week's effort. When Cobb was open, he and Rodgers were on the same page and Cobb did a good job of making catches even with the Dallas secondary all over him. Cobb regained his place in the Packers passing offense last week, and while the numbers weren't huge on Sunday, he continued to be a big part of it on Sunday.
2016 Week 18 vs NYG (7 / 5 / 116 / 3 rec)
After missing several weeks due to injury, it was assumed Cobb would see the field but that his impact might be minimized. That wasn't the case, as he ended up a huge portion of the offense once Jordy Nelson went down with a rib injury. Cobb didn't see a target until after that happened in the second quarter, but when Nelson went down, Cobb stepped up and delivered. His first touchdown was on a Hail Mary to close the first half, and it appeared as if Cobb pushed off a little as he drifted towards the back of the end zone. Still, he was step behind everyone else and may have caught the ball anyway. Cobb struck again late in the third quarter when the Packers had just a 1-point lead. On that play, Cobb lined up at the right slot, and ran a very simple post pattern. Cornerback Trevin Wade couldn't keep up, allowing Cobb the inside and then falling as he tried to catch up once Cobb had the ball. Safety Landon Collins also slipped as he tried to correct and catch Cobb, who easily ran for the score. On the last touchdown, a 16-yard throw down the middle of the field, Cobb was handed off to cornerback Eli Apple in the end zone, but Apple was behind him as he dragged across the back line. Aaron Rodgers held the ball to make sure Cobb was clear and then threw him the ball for an easy score.
2016 Week 15 vs CHI (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Cobb, who is nursing a bad ankle, had another brutal game this week, targeted just one time. Cobb was open quite a bit, but the targets just went elsewhere, according to Aaron Nagler of PackersNews.com and the Green Bay Press-Gazette. Nagler also told me that a lot of passes which used to be Cobb's purview have become Jared Cook's. The Packers clearly still are hoping for Cobb to turn things around at some point--he was on the field for 81 percent of the offensive snaps.
2016 Week 14 vs SEA (3 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)
Cobb left the game in the second quarter with an ankle injury but despite the fact that he did little upon his return, he looked none the worse for wear. Given the blowout nature of the game, his absence and reduced role might have been a precautionary measure. One thing has become clear, though, and that is the fact that Cobb's role has been impacted by the improvement of Davante Adams. As Adams does more, it seems Cobb does less.
2016 Week 13 vs HOU (3 / 3 / 19 / 1 rec)
While he had a relatively quiet game, Cobb caught all of his targets, including the first touchdown of the game. On the play, which occurred in the second quarter, Cobb initially ran a short curl or comeback route, but saw his quarterback in trouble and jumped off his route to head to the same side of the field as Aaron Rodgers. Cobb made his cross in the end zone, and had a step on the defender so as soon as Rodgers saw him, he delivered the ball for the score.
2016 Week 12 vs PHI (7 / 6 / 41 / 0 rec)
Like Jordy Nelson, a lot of Cobb's receptions were short, but in his case, they were so close to the line of scrimmage that Cobb's production was really low. His yards per catch was just 6.8, and defenders were often right on top of him when the ball arrived. Even when they weren't, because of the incredibly short nature of the passes, the defenders were able to get Cobb before he could make a significant impact after the catch.
2016 Week 11 vs WAS (5 / 3 / 84 / 0 rec)
Cobb had a really hard time with corner Kendall Fuller, who was all over him early on. Cobb did make a nice catch over Fuller in the third quarter and had a tremendous catch and run in the fourth. On that play, Cobb made a nice catch across the middle, made Fuller miss a tackle and extended for the first down. He spun out of the grasp of another defender, then ran down the field for massive yardage until Fuller caught up with him and tackled him.
2016 Week 10 vs TEN (8 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)
The expectation was that Cobb would get his usual work, but despite being on the field for 69 percent of the plays, he didn't see a ton of targets. His very first target was thrown behind him by Aaron Rodgers, and then he fell down on a route for his second target. Rodgers also missed him on a deep route when he had clear separation on the defender. Rodgers also threw a pass to Cobb in the end zone which was nearly picked off when a cornerback peeled off covering Davante Adams to help triple cover Cobb. The ball was a little high, but over the heads of the first two defenders. The cornerback was able to get over and behind Cobb and the receiver had to jar the ball loose.
2016 Week 9 vs IND (2 / 2 / 14 / 1 rec)
We didn't even know Cobb would play, and even when he was dressed, we didn't really see him until the third quarter. His first play was a handoff which he took left and then fumbled when he was hit. The officials ruled it dead and out of bounds because they said a defender had touched the ball (before possession) while also out of bounds, but the replays showed that to be incorrect. Cobb's next two plays had better results. One was a short pass which he took and fought for extra yards to get a first down and the second was a touchdown which he caught along the back of the end zone. Cobb ran a nice route on that one, gaining separation and Aaron Rodgers threw a nice pass over the defenders near the line of scrimmage to Cobb who leapt up and caught it.
2016 Week 7 vs CHI (15 / 11 / 95 / 1 rec, 5 / 21 / 0 rush)
Cobb scored on a simple out route into the end zone where he caught a nice loft from quarterback Aaron Rodgers. He nearly had a few other scores, but on one he couldn't hang on as Bears corner Cre'Veon LeBlanc knocked the ball away and then couldn't get his second foot down late in the first half. What was really great was seeing him make defenders miss again, as he did early on in the game on a 2nd and 1 play where he made a short catch, ducked under a grasping defender and then took the ball another six yards. The Packers threw the ball on a lot of shorter routes, and that seemed to suit Cobb and give him a bigger role in the offense than we've seen for much of the season.
2016 Week 6 vs DAL (11 / 7 / 53 / 1 rec)
Cobb did very little again this week, though that was more about quarterback Aaron Rodgers than it was about the receiver. The target on Rodger's interception, Cobb did score a touchdown late in the game when he ran a short route into the flat and the defense was too slow to adjust to him, letting him practically walk into the end zone. The game was pretty much over by then, and it was the one time the offense moved the ball really well all game.
2016 Week 5 vs NYG (11 / 9 / 108 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Last week Cobb was a complete non-factor, but this time out he was much more like his old self. Jordy Nelson seemed to have issues getting open more vertically and couldn't get ahold of the passes thrown his way, so quarterback Aaron Rodgers ended up having to throw shorter passes. Cobb took advantage. The receiver also was able to gain more yards after the catch, showing some elusiveness and athleticism as he made tacklers miss or just ran by them. Cobb did have a touchdown nullified by a penalty and it was a very nice grab. Cobb split the seam with the route, and Rodgers threw a high pass to him, which he extended his body to grab. Unfortunately the play was flagged by fouls from both teams and didn't count.
2016 Week 3 vs DET (3 / 1 / 33 / 0 rec)
Cobb and Aaron Rodgers connected up once early on, as Rodgers scrambled away from pressure and Cobb found a seam between defenders. Rodgers hit the wide open receiver, and Cobb turned upfield and added another 15 yards after the catch. Cobb was targeted one more time in the first and then disappeared until the fourth quarter. Some of that was because Rodgers and Jordy Nelson were on fire, and some of it was the slow, plodding ground game head coach Mike McCarthy favored in the second half which limited the passing offense.
2016 Week 2 vs MIN (7 / 5 / 42 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Cobb's biggest play came early when he recovered a loose ball dropped by the Vikings after they stripped Davante Adams. He had very little opportunity to create extra yards after the catch, as the Vikings did a very good job of hitting him right after he made a catch.
2016 Week 1 vs JAX (8 / 6 / 57 / 0 rec, 3 / 11 / 0 rush)
With Jordy Nelson back, Cobb can move back to a pure No. 2/slot guy where he is most comfortable. Unfortunately, the numbers weren't all that impressive (for anyone on the team, really) though Cobb led the team with six receptions. He didn't really get open the way he normally can and he didn't add many yards after the catch either. The Jaguars did a good job containing him and limiting the damage he did.
Latest NewsPackers | Randall Cobb entering pivotal year (Fri Feb 10, 10:05 AM) - Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb is entering a make-or-break year in 2017, according to beat writer Rob Demovsky. Our View: After his 1,200 yard season in 2014, Cobb has combined for roughly 1,400 yards receiving over the last two years. He's due $8.6 million in 2017, and there is buzz building that he could be asked to take a pay cut. Fantasy owners should consider Cobb a WR3/flex option unless/until he starts playing like he did a couple of years ago.
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