Packers wide receiver and return specialist Randall Cobb seemed surprisingly eager to hand over his return duty roles to someone else on the team in a recent interview. “Hopefully at some point I’ve validated myself as a receiver where a younger guy can take over that role,” Cobb told Paul Imig of Fox Sports Wisconsin. It’s hard to blame Cobb for wanting to take on a bigger role in the Packers offense. Players tend to get hurt more frequently on kick returns, so his concerns aren’t unfounded. But as one of the youngest players on the team, it perhaps seemed a bit odd that’s he’s already wanting to hand over his role as returner, especially since it’s become his calling card early in his career.
More on Randall Cobb comes from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Running back Cedric Benson was the focus of much media attention on Thursday as he talked about the start of a new season and limiting his fumbles. “For me, I want to make a contribution to this team – in a big way,” Benson is quoted as saying by Jason Wilde of ESPNMilwaukee.com. “I don’t plan on coming in and leaving only a small stamp. I plan on leaving a big stamp on this year. And I don’t think I’ll feel most comfortable until I start showing signs of that.” Because the 49ers do such a great job of forcing turnovers, Benson will be under pressure not to cough up the ball in the season opener. If he can avoid that, he’s got a good chance of being an integral part of the Packers offense and adding some meaningful yards on the ground.
There doesn’t appear to be a very good chance that cornerback Davon House will be playing on Sunday in the season opener. “House did participate Thursday in pads, though he’ll need to adjust to the harness over the shoulder he dislocated,” writes Tyler Dunne of JSOnline. “In one route drill with the defensive backs, he dropped two of the four passes thrown his way. The harness restricts his mobility. House cannot stretch one arm in all directions.” House was listed as a limited participant in practice, but the Packers probably won’t take any risks with him on Sunday.
The Packers’ passing game is getting attention outside Green Bay with national columnist Alex Marvez of Fox Sports writing pieces on Jordy Nelson and Donald Driver, and the San Jose Mercury News touching on Aaron Rodgers’ arm strength.
Nothing that hasn’t been reported before, but the Packers are going digital with their playbooks.
Rookies Du’ane Bennett and Eric Lair have been waived off I.R.
Greg Jennings is helping to raise money for an area shelter.
Acme Packing Company has a unique piece on Nick Perry and his “explosion number.”
Prior to his game against the Packers, 49ers general manager Trent Baalke visited his hometown in Rosendale, Wis.
The Packers are facing a more explosive 49ers offense, writes Marques Eversoll at AllGreenBayPackers.com.
Linebacker Clay Matthews is helping to raise money for the Boys and Girls Clubs.
Video: Clay Matthews calls on fans to join in his “Predator Pose” campaign for charity…