WR Randall Cobb, Dallas Cowboys
HT: 5-10, WT: 191, Born: 8-20-1990, College: Kentucky, Drafted: Round 2
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Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full ADP list]Overall: A Brown (26), Z Stacy (27), Randall Cobb (28), J Thomas (29), R Gronkowski (30)
Position: A Jeffery (24-WR8), A Brown (26-WR9), Randall Cobb (28 - WR10), V Jackson (33-WR11), K Allen (34-WR12)
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PPR Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full PPR ADP list]Overall: A Jeffery (24), D Martin (25), Randall Cobb (26), R Gronkowski (27), A Ellington (28)
Position: A Brown (21-WR8), A Jeffery (24-WR9), Randall Cobb (26 - WR10), K Allen (33-WR11), V Jackson (34-WR12)
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In 2012, Cobb was the #3 receiver on the Packers and he finished with almost 1100 yards from scrimmage and eight receiving TDS. He was injured for most of last season, but still managed to put up over 500 yards and 4 TDS. This season, with a healthy Aaron Rodgers throwing him the ball, Cobb should pick up where he left off after 2012 and really emerge as a solid NFL and fantasy receiver. He could easily finish with over 1000 yards from scrimmage and eight or nine touchdowns. He will probably chip in a return TD or two as well.
Cobb’s success has always been with other quality receivers around him. This season, it’s just him, Jordy Nelson, and a lot of question marks. Aaron Rodgers has proven that he’s not going to force the ball into a guy who is covered. If Cobb draws increased defensive attention because he’s now the #2 guy, it could limit his upside as Rodgers looks to distribute the ball to other open receivers. Cobb will still be a solid fantasy producer if he’s healthy, but he could finish outside of the top 10 if he can’t find the open field.
Cobb was expected to post big numbers last year. His break-out 2012 season appeared to set him up for continued success under a smart coach with a top-shelf quarterback. He was, indeed, posting pretty solid statistics before breaking his tibia against Baltimore. He came back in the final game of the season against the Bears and posted two receptions for two big-play touchdowns. At full strength, with Aaron Rodgers throwing him the ball, Cobb is poised to make his fantasy owners happy in 2013.
|1||San Francisco 49ers|
|2||at Tennessee Titans|
|3||at St. Louis Rams|
|4||New Orleans Saints|
|6||at Seattle Seahawks|
|7||New York Giants|
|10||at Jacksonville Jaguars|
|12||at New York Giants|
|14||at Chicago Bears|
|15||at Philadelphia Eagles|
|17||at Washington Redskins|
|19||at Green Bay Packers|
2013 Game Summaries
Week 1 - Like Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb missed some time in the preseason, in his case because of a biceps injury. Also like Nelson, Cobb didn't seem to have any issues coming in cold for the first game. Cobb is very dangerous after the catch, not just because he can make a defender miss, but also because he's tough and strong enough to break tackles and get those last few yards you need. Case in point: his touchdown to tie the game in the first quarter. The pass was a short hitch to the right which left Cobb four yards short of the end zone with cornerback Carlos Rogers right on top of him. Cobb spun in Rogers' grasp, slipping a bit from the defensive back's grasp and stretched towards the end zone, breaking the plane and scoring the touchdown. If there is one moment where Cobb failed to do something he should have, it was with just 26 seconds left in the game. On the play, Rodgers hit a wide open Cobb, but instead of immediately going out of bounds, Cobb first turned upfield to gain more yards. With no time outs left, the Packers lacked the time to do more than throw a last minute Hail Mary, which never even came off due to pressure.
Week 2 - Cobb had a tremendous day and was instrumental early on in nullifying the Washington pass rush by gaining a lot of yards after catching short passes from quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Cobb has ridiculous speed and is deadly after the catch, as shown by his 35 yard touchdown in the first quarter. The play (a fourth down play) looked deceptively easy for Cobb as he was covered initially by inside linebacker Perry Riley—a huge mismatch favoring the quicker and more agile receiver. Cobb lost Riley pretty quickly on a cut to the inside on his route, catches the pass from Rodgers and immediately turns upfield. After that, Cobb is off to the races. Though several defenders close on Cobb, they were never able to land a hand on him as he scored the touchdown. Cobb nearly had a touchdown earlier in the game, when he took a screen pass, cut outside a blocker and danced along the sideline, zipping past the rest of the Washington defense. However, he stepped out after 17 yards and the score was called back. Still, it’s that sort of game-changing speed and ability which forced the defense to focus more on Cobb and left James Jones wide open so often.
Week 3 - Last week saw the Packers overcome a tough Washington pass rush early by throwing the ball on quick, short routes and causing the defense to pull its linebackers away from rushing and focus on keeping the short gains from becoming long ones. This week, Cincinnati wasn't having any of it. Which meant Randall Cobb's day was a whole lot tougher than last week. Cobb was under intense coverage and was almost always hit immediately after the ball was in his hands. His quarterback tried to get him the ball anyway - he was targeted a team high 11 times - but the Bengals were all over Cobb and at one point that tight coverage and Aaron Rodgers' insistence that he could beat it resulted in an interception in the red zone. On the play, Cobb ran down the sideline but was perfectly covered by cornerback Leon Hall. Normally, Rodgers would either throw the ball up so that Cobb could accelerate and run underneath it, or he would throw it towards the receivers' back side shoulder and let him make a tough catch. Rodgers did neither and in fact seemed to underthrow Cobb a bit. The football went right to Hall, who just about caught it in stride. The first two weeks Cobb had killed teams on short slants, quick outs and however else they could get the ball into his hands, which is when he is at his most dangerous. This week they either couldn't - or wouldn't - replicate that and Cobb could never shake his coverage.
Week 5 - It was the rare quiet receiving day for Randall Cobb, which was fine as he more than made up for it on the ground. That’s right—Cobb had twice as many yards on the ground than he did through the air. As is often the case both Cobb’s receiving and running plays showed off his amazing skills after the catch. His big run—a 67 yarder in the third quarter—started off simply enough with Cobb following his blocker off the left tackle and making it to the second level. Then things got interesting as Cobb slipped past one defender and stiff-armed a second and accelerated away from linebacker Stephen Tulloch. Luckily for the Lions, safety Glover Quin took a great angle on Cobb and forced him to slow down to adjust his direction and Tulloch was able to bring him down. However, it’s that sort of big play ability that keeps the team putting the ball in Cobb’s hands. Cobb also made an acrobatic catch late in the first quarter for a big first down. On the play, he was well covered, bracketed by two Lions defenders. Aaron Rodgers made a tremendous throw, a little high and away from the players but where only Cobb had a shot to make a play. Cobb jumped in the air, reached out and caught the ball with one hand. That was what Cobb faced all day as the Lions did a good job getting coverage on Cobb, so it was difficult for him to net many of his eight targets. However, as the most frequently targeted player, Cobb will be a big factor going forward despite a quiet receiving day.
Week 6 - Randall Cobb was lost late in the first half when he was hit in the knees by Baltimore safety Matt Elam, who didn’t even bother to try and wrap up. Cobb went down to the turf clutching his knee and the injury required him being carted to the locker room. He was later seen on crutches. Luckily for the Packers, reports say the injury isn’t serious. Cobb was in the middle of a productive day, averaging 13.3 yards a reception and showing off his usual great hands and dangerous moves after the catch. We’ll know a little more later in the week about how long he’ll be down for.
Week 17 - Apparently Randall Cobb believes in quality more than quantity. While he didn’t see many targets, both of his catches were for touchdowns. The first showcased his incredibly deft route running. As he ran into the end zone on his route, he had Bears cornerback Isiah Frey guarding him. Cobb stepped towards the back corner of the end zone as if he was running an out route, and Frey bit hard. Instead of going out, though, Cobb ran his route in and was wide open for Aaron Rodgers to deliver the touchdown pass. The second catch and touchdown came in the closing seconds of the game. On the play, a 48-yard touchdown catch, the Bears defense sat at the first down marker and let Cobb continue his fly route deep. Chicago cornerback Zack Bowman saw Cobb streaking free but spotted it too late. By the time he got to Cobb, the receiver was crossing the goal line after having caught the pass from Rodgers.
Week 18 - Along with kick return duties (during which he was largely contained by the 49ers special teams unit), Cobb saw just a pair of targets, both of which he caught. On the first, he was well covered until Aaron Rodgers eluded a sack and broke to his right. At that point it appeared as if cornerback Perrish Cox started to drift back to the quarterback. Cobb gained a little separation and Rodgers delivered a nice pass which the receiver reeled in at about the four yard line. His second catch came when he ran his route out of the slot. Rodgers had plenty of time in the pocket, and Cobb was able to use the extra time to get open and wave his arms to get Rodgers’ attention. Rodgers then hit Cobb in stride for a big gain. Cobb showed a real knack for finding a way open when his quarterback really needed someone to do it.