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Packers Daily Links: Cobb Expresses Desire to Drop Return Duties

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.

More on Cedric Benson comes from Packer Report, CBSSports.com, JSOnline and the Press-Gazette.

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.

More on Davon House and injury reports come from the Press-Gazette, PackersNews.com, ESPNMilwaukee.com, Acme Packing Company and Packer Report.

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.

The contract situation of Greg Jennings continues to garner attention with posts at ProFootballTalk.com and Packerpedia.

Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel picks the Packers atop the NFC North with thoughts from scouts.

The Packers' offensive line will be challenged by the 49ers, according to pieces at JSOnline, Packers official website and Associated Press.

Features on tight end Jermichael Finley appear at the Journal Sentinel and Packer Report.

Nothing that hasn't been reported before, but the Packers are going digital with their playbooks.

Pieces on Don Barclay and the Packers' other undrafted rookies come from the Press-Gazette.

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...

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bryce's picture

Cobb? What the heck? Isn't that half the reason we drafted him?

wgbeethree's picture

I'm ok with letting Cobb have his way with this one. Cobb says hopefully "a younger guy can take over that role". Since he is the youngest guy on the roster and that means it'll be at least a year or two before he gives up return duties. Ah, semantics. :-)

chuck's picture

I'd like to retire and still earn my same income.

ppabich's picture

You just look at KR in the league and they are all specialists or young guys. So I see where Cobb is coming from. You don't want to get hurt, and you want to establish yourself as a WR. However, there are still a few guys ahead of him at WR and the team needs him to return. Maybe in a few years Randall.

Tony's picture

I'm pretty pumped about Benson. I really like his attitude. It could be an act, but he seems legitimately ready to be a "team player" this season.

Chester Cheesehead's picture

Why are there no others Packers fans on NFL.com/fanchise? We could easily have the most videos for our team, and we have next to nothing...

ZeroTolerance's picture

Answer - the Packers have some of the best blog sites in the NFL. Why go to NFL.com?

Fish/Crane's picture

So they can track me of course.

murphy's picture

"*Drop* Return Duties"

Joker: Very poor choice of words.

EP66's picture

Trade Cobb now for a draft pick then find someone with gonads for returns. What a primadonna.

djbonney138's picture

Seems like the Cobb comment could have been taken out of context. Not knowing what question preceded this statement it is hard to say he meant to sound so arrogant.

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