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WR Randall Cobb - Green Bay Packers

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 23): Cobb is definitely not the WR1 we expected and it's fair to ask if he's even a WR2. If he doesn't have a good game against Chicago on Thanksgiving, we'll have our answer.

Week 12: vs Chicago Bears

All WR vs CHI

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Aaron Rodgers threw three TDs at Soldier Field back in Week One, posting 18/23 for 189 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions against the Bears. As we've seen, Rodgers and company have struggled during November but pulled out a win last week at Minnesota (30-13, with 16/34 for 212 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown by Rodgers). Coming into this second divisional showdown with the Bears, the Packers are rounding back into form. The Chicago pass D has allowed third-least fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks over the past four games (15.6) while ranking fifth-least in fantasy points given up to wide receivers (15.5) and has been just outside the top-ten least with 7.3 fantasy points allowed to tight ends (12th-least to be exact). The Bears are fourth-best in the NFL averaging 217.2 net passing yards given up per game, with 19 passing scores surrendered so far this year. They gave up 20/27 for 219 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions to Brock Osweiler last week, sacking him five times for -31 yards; Nick Foles threw 17/37 for 191 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception vs. Chicago two games ago. This is a tough pass D right now, despite the passing TDs handed out to Osweiler last week.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at DEN 51 1 10 0 9 6 27 0 0 3.7
9 at CAR 72 0 0 0 12 4 99 1 0 15.9
10 vs DET 82 1 -3 0 10 5 53 0 0 5
11 at MIN 66 0 0 0 9 2 24 1 0 8.4
12 vs CHI 78 0 0 0 7 6 74 0 0 6.4
12 vs CHI PROJ-Dodds * 1 * * 5 * * * *
12 vs CHI PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * 5 * * * *
12 vs CHI PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 11 vs MIN (9 / 2 / 24 / 1 rec)

Things began the same way they had been the last three weeks with Randall Cobb and Aaron Rodgers, as the two didn't seem to be able to get in sync with each other and, in fact, several of Cobb's listed targets were actually balls Rodgers threw away which makes it all look worse. That said, once they got into rhythm, the two players were effective for a time. The biggest play was a momentum changing touchdown at the end of the first half. On the play, Cobb ran a short post route, getting perfect position on the defender so that he was wide open in the end zone for Rodgers. Cobb would later drop a ball on a crossing route in the late third quarter and then again in the late fourth quarter. Overall, Cobb remains a bit streaky and while he gets the volume of targets, he is struggling to be consistent in completing the catches.

2015 Week 10 vs DET (10 / 5 / 53 / 0 rec, 1 / -3 / 0 rush)

You know it's that kind of season when Randall Cobb is dropping passes, as he did with his second target on the game. Cobb was open on a corner route but dropped the ball when Aaron Rodgers delivered it. Compounding the drop was a wide open field for Cobb to run in after the catch. The receiver more than made up for it during the rest of the game, as he made multiple tough catches in traffic, including one he had to scoop off the turf in the fourth quarter in order to extend a drive. On the play, Rodgers had to leave the pocket and scramble, and Cobb continued to run and try to get open. The pass was a little short, but Cobb did a tremendous job getting the ball for a first down. Unfortunately, the Lions were almost always there when Cobb made a catch, keeping him from advancing the ball. And as has been the case all season, he and Rodgers were completely on different pages on their last two attempts in the fourth quarter.

2015 Week 9 vs CAR (12 / 4 / 99 / 1 rec)

Cobb had one huge play on a touchdown and another that could have been, both of which showed off some excellent route running. First though, he had to suffer through a first half where he had just one catch, a result of some sloppy passes by Aaron Rodgers and a determined Carolina secondary. On the play, Cobb got behind CB Bene Benwikere on a wheel route down the sideline and Rodgers dropped the ball right in the basket, so Cobb didn't have to break stride on his way to the end zone for the score. Cobb was also wide open off a beautiful double-move and streaking downfield for what should have been a touchdown, but Rodgers overthrew him. For much of the game otherwise, the Panthers did a good job of shadowing Cobb and shutting him down, if not before the catch, immediately after.

2015 Week 8 vs DEN (9 / 6 / 27 / 0 rec, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)

Cobb was blanketed in coverage by the Denver secondary as the most dangerous weapon Aaron Rodgers had to work with. He saw plenty of all the cornerbacks including large amounts of Chris Harris, Aqib Talib and Brandon Robey. Rodgers did have Cobb wide open on a deeper route as Talib fallen while pursuing Cobb on his route, but because of pressure, the quarterback threw a terrible pass which sailed over Cobb's head. Eventually the Packers moved Cobb closer to the line of scrimmage, hitting him on dump passes and short outs, though that didn't work either because Denver swarmed to him and tackled him before he could turn the ball upfield.

2015 Week 6 vs SD (5 / 2 / 38 / 0 rec)

It was a bit of a rough day for Randall Cobb, as the San Diego Chargers worked hard to shut him down and then he dropped a pass while on a wide open route. The crazy thing about the drop was not just that he was wide open, but that from a technical standpoint, Cobb did everything right. He reached out for the ball, didn't wait for it to come to him and attempted to catch it with his fingertips. Yet he couldn't haul it in. It was an odd beat for a usually reliable player. Sunday's game is unlikely to be the beginning of a trend, and Cobb should bounce back after the bye week

2015 Week 5 vs STL (6 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)

Cobb and Aaron Rodgers didn't seem to be on the same page Sunday, and the result was one of Cobb's poorer days this year. It started when Cobb went on a deep route and Rodgers, clearly thinking his receiver was going to stop and turn, threw the ball outside and behind him. Their next miss was a throw on a short out which Rodgers was too wide on, and then a long throw that overshot the mark while Cobb had a step on the defender. The two finally synced up and Cobb caught the next three targets he saw, though all of them were short passes. On the first one he threw a great move at the defender after the catch and totally juked him, gaining the first down as he did. It was a mediocre day, but it definitely showed that the offense can still function despite that, which is big for Packers fans.

2015 Week 4 vs SF (8 / 5 / 44 / 0 rec)

As is the case with running back Eddie Lacy, if Cobb's injury (shoulder) is bothering him, it's not obvious. Cobb appeared to be moving well, getting separation from coverage and finding the seams in the defense. The Packers are very creative in getting him his touches, lining him up anywhere on the field including in the backfield. Cobb was targeted eight times, catching five, most of which he did in stride and was able to gain a yard or two after the catch. Cobb is a dangerous player with the ball in his hands, though the San Francisco 49ers did a solid job containing him after the catch. So far, not having Jordy Nelson has not unduly impacted Cobb or his production and he is consistently a huge part of the offense.

2015 Week 3 vs KC (12 / 7 / 91 / 3 rec, 1 / 12 / 0 rush)

Cobb was a huge part of the Packers offense in Monday's victory over the Chiefs. He was targeted 12 times in total, catching seven for 91 yards and three scores. All three of the touchdowns were short yardage situations in the red zone, which has to be taken as a very positive sign for Cobb's already high fantasy potential. The first touchdown occurred in the first quarter and was the culmination of a 10-play, 89-yard drive which Cobb finished off with a three-yard touchdown reception. Cobb tacked on two more touchdowns in the second half, both four-yard pass plays. He showed off his versatility a bit in the first half with an end-around play that netted 12 yards. Cobb's huge day could've been even bigger as he had a 17-yard touchdown nullified by penalty in the second quarter. All told, a stellar day for the top target in one of the league's best offenses.

2015 Week 2 vs SEA (11 / 8 / 116 / 0 rec)

Despite still nursing an injured shoulder, not having Jordy Nelson at all and losing Davante Adams for a stretch, Cobb continued to shrug off defenders and find open field for Aaron Rodgers to throw him the ball in all game long. While Cobb didn't score, he came close a few times, including late in the first half when he caught the ball and ran it down to the one yard line. Despite that, Cobb consistently found open space between the defenders and got himself open enough to where Rodgers didn't have any problems with getting Cobb the ball.

2015 Week 1 vs CHI (5 / 5 / 38 / 1 rec)

Cobb was still dealing with a shoulder issue, and was obviously not 100 percent. That said, he was the second most targeted on the team and caught all of the passes thrown his way. Cobbs touchdown came at the start of the fourth quarter on a wheel route. As Cobb ran, quarterback Aaron Rodgers threw the ball just in front of Cobb, away from the defender. The receiver easily caught the ball for the touchdown. Overall, while Cobb is still hurt, he was clearly a significant part of the gameplan and should be going forward as he gets healthier.


Latest News

Packers | Randall Cobb has bad day (Mon Nov 23, 01:05 PM) - Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb has just two catches for 24 yards on nine targets in the Week 11 win over the Minnesota Vikings. He had two to three drops and wasn't on the same page with QB Aaron Rodgers.

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Packers | Randall Cobb struggles against Minnesota (Sat Nov 21, 09:28 PM) - Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb faces the Minnesota Vikings in Week 11, and he has just one touchdown in five career games against the Vikings.

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