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WR Randall Cobb - Green Bay Packers

5-10, 191Born: 8-20-1990College: KentuckyDrafted: Round 2

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Week 12: at Pittsburgh Steelers

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FBG says: Bad matchup. It's sad to have to be this blunt, but through 4+ games in relief of future Hall of Famer Aaron Rodgers, Brett Hundley has shown little sign that he belongs starting NFL games. He's always impressed in preseason play, as the team has routinely showcased him for trade value, but looks to be in woefully over his head now that the games count. Struggling to make quick reads and holding the ball far too long on a Tom Savage level, Hundley has completed just 60.8% of his throws, with a truly pitiful 3.12 adjusted net yards per attempt (factors in sacks and interceptions). Even after he looked set to turn some kind of corner in Weeks 9 and 10, Hundley regressed badly last Sunday, taking 6 sacks and coughing up 4 turnovers in a shutout loss. There is a little fantasy utility to be mined from here: Davante Adams has emerged as his go-to target, averaging 6.7 receptions for 89.7 yards over the last 3 weeks. But it seems foolhardy to expect any kind of stability, even in that connection. This passing game looks unlikely to produce much of note until/if Rodgers returns in Week 15, and there's major implosion potential against this fierce Steelers defense. Like their run unit, the Steelers pass defense has been elite for most of the season, more so than any unit aside from that of the Jaguars. Pittsburgh is allowing the league's fourth-fewest net yards per attempt and third-fewest yards per game, and only Jacksonville has given up fewer touchdowns. Granted, the Steelers have faced an absurdly soft schedule of quarterbacks, and the last 2 good ones they've faced (Matthew Stafford and Marcus Mariota) have produced 423 and 306 yards. But it needs to be pointed out that Stafford and the Lions were shut out of the end zone, and that much of Mariota's production came on 2 long completions and in garbage time during a 40-17 game. The Steelers intercepted Mariota four times - the first game in his career with more than two picks - and allowed virtually nothing of consequence aside from those two long balls. This remains a suffocating unit, one that's iffy in coverage but stymies quarterbacks and severely disrupts their connections with receivers, even without cornerback Joe Haden. Haden's Week 11 replacement, Coty Sensabaugh, was dominant aside from the long score he allowed to Rishard Matthews. He'll have more pressure on him against Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams, but it's hard to imagine underwater Packers quarterback Brett Hundley making much real noise against this unit.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 vs DET 49 1 1 0 5 5 58 0 0 5.9
10 at CHI 37 4 8 0 4 3 52 0 0 6
11 vs BAL 48 1 0 0 6 3 34 0 0 3.4
12 at PIT PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * 3 * * * *
12 at PIT PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * 3 * * * *
12 at PIT PROJ-Bloom * 1 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs BAL (6 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

Cobb worked mostly out of the slot but couldn't take advantage of what should have been a nice mismatch against the Baltimore linebackers. Cobb and Jordy Nelson were the most frequently targeted member of the offense after Davante Adams, but he struggled to gain separation, and when he did, Brett Hundley struggled to deliver the ball.

2017 Week 10 vs CHI (4 / 3 / 52 / 0 rec, 4 / 8 / 0 rush)

Cobb didn't have a ton of luck overall, but did show some of the yard after the catch agility which has been absent for some time now on a catch he turned into a 38-yard gain. The team tried to use him running the ball as well, setting him up in a Wildcat, but it wasn't effective.

2017 Week 9 vs DET (5 / 5 / 58 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)

Cobb seemed to be the player most on the same page as the inconsistent Brett Hundley and caught all of his targets. He had a nice bit of yards after the catch on a 46-yard catch and run which harkened back to his glory days a few years back. Cobb was able to slip behind the front seven, and found some room to run before getting taken down.

2017 Week 7 vs NO (4 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

Cobb was quiet on a day where his quarterback struggled to connect with anyone. His role was already declining with the team, buried behind Davante Adams and Jordy Nelson, and a poor showing at quarterback isn't going to help.

2017 Week 6 vs MIN (3 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)

While Cobb caught everything thrown his way, it didn't amount to much. He is clearly third behind Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams--you could make a strong argument he occasionally falls behind Martellus Bennett as well--for targets and losing Aaron Rodgers didn't help what little production he gets on a weekly basis.

2017 Week 5 vs DAL (5 / 4 / 29 / 0 rec)

Cobb seemed to be a big target in the first half, but Aaron Rodgers went away from him in the second. Some of that might be the lack of time the Packers offense was on the field, but it seems sure that Adams has supplanted Cobb as the No. 2 and while he will occasionally produce, it will not be consistently.

2017 Week 4 vs CHI (4 / 4 / 44 / 1 rec)

Cobb caught all of his targets on Thursday, including a 2-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter to put the Packers up 14-0. The score was off of a short slant where Cobb had great position over the defender. It appears as though Cobb and Davante Adams may jockey back and forth for the second and third receiver position now that Cobb is healthy again and Adams is banged up. That could change when Adams is back to full health. If Adams is out next week, the Packers will look to Cobb as the number two.

2017 Week 2 vs ATL (9 / 6 / 60 / 0 rec, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)

Cobb, like the rest of the Packers offense, started to pile up yards in the second half, when the Falcons were relaxing a bit. However let in the fourth quarter, in between offensive series, with what has been reported as a shoulder injury. An MRI came back negative on Monday, and Cobb is considered day to day.

2017 Week 1 vs SEA (13 / 9 / 85 / 0 rec)

Things got off to a better start for Cobb this year, as he was targeted almost as much in the first game as he maxed out with in any one game last year. He caught most of them too, so perhaps he has put a train-wreck of a 2016 behind him. Cobb looked confident and sharp throughout the game and was absolutely Aaron Rodgers' favorite target of the day. Head coach Mike McCarthy told everyone in preseason that he wanted Cobb to see the ball more, and it is very clear he meant it.


Latest News

Packers | Randall Cobb finishes with 34 yards (Sun Nov 19, 04:59 PM) - Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb caught three passes for 34 yards against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 11.

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Packers | Seven touches for Randall Cobb (Sun Nov 12, 10:01 PM) - Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb posted three receptions for 52 yards on four targets in Week 10 against the Chicago Bears and he also ran four times for eight yards.

Our View: Most of Cobb's production came on a great run after the catch for 38 yards, but he was otherwise stymied both as a receiver and a running back in the Wildcat. He's very inconsistent and will continue to be so given the state of the Packers offense.
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