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Cobb's Big Day Helps Bolster Packers' Offense

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Cobb's Big Day Helps Bolster Packers' Offense

If you predicted that Randall Cobb would be the Packers' leading receiver on Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, the least you could do is cough up tomorrow's lottery numbers.

Through the first two Packers drives, Cobb was on the receiving end of four pass attempts, and he caught all four targets for 53 yards. He was one of the early bright spots in what was a stagnant offense right out of the gate, much like what is typically seen in the early stages of the season in Green Bay.

Through the rest of the game, Cobb caught another five passes for 32 yards to add to his ascending totals. He finished with nine receptions for 85 yards, however, colleague Jordy Nelson caught the only touchdown through the air in what was a low-scoring affair, his 64th.

Like Aaron Rodgers has noted several times on Cobb, he's a focal point in the offense and the group as a whole performs at a much higher level when he's on the field.

He's also a reliable safety net for Rodgers when things fall apart. 

In the first half, Cobb was targeted in four third-down situations and caught two passes. Both times, the Packers moved the chains thanks to Cobb's nifty work after the catch and ability to sit down in zone coverage. Something that Nelson likely passed down to Cobb, now a seventh-year veteran at his craft.

Randall Cobb (18) avoiding Seattle defenders after making a catch. (Benny Sieu/USA TODAY Sports)

"He's sometimes a forgotten guy in the mix, especially the way that Davante [Adams] played in training camp and Jordy's [Nelson] pedigree and the stuff he's accomplished," Rodgers said after the win. "He's a great football player and he's very reliable."

Looking back at Cobb's six prior season openers, there was really only one game in which Cobb didn't provide an impact, whether it be offensively or on special teams.

That lone game came last year in Jacksonville. Cobb caught six passes and 75 percent of his targets, however, the lack of explosiveness from both Cobb and a Packers offense whose gears have yet to begin shifting in a positive direction was evident.

In every week one game since his 2011 rookie year in which he ran back a 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, Cobb has caught at least five passes in each game.

He's also caught at least 66 percent of his passes in six of seven season-opening games in his career. The exception was in 2013, a loss to the San Francisco 49ers in which he still caught seven passes for 108 yards and a touchdown.

"He ran a number of great routes today to get open. We've got some great skill players and they're really smart as well."

To many, Cobb's production doesn't match his contract, however, the underlying role he plays in the Packers' offense provides all the reason for him to earn every last cent of the $10 million dollar per-year deal he signed with the Packers in 2015.

As shown above with his targets on third downs, he's often the security blanket when all else breaks down and Nelson isn't able to come back to the ball. Alternatively, when the downfield options cause a majority of the defenders to drop deep into coverage, Cobb is there underneath to provide Rodgers an outlet in getting rid of the ball.

The biggest test at the moment isn't proving his worth, but it's showing he can stay upright. He hasn't played in a full 16-game season since 2015, the year following his breakout campaign that earned him his current contract.

He clearly has the same explosive touch to his game that helped him flash on the scene in 2011, he just needs the opportunity to continue showcasing why he's still such a valuable asset in the Packers' offense. Sunday was a good start.

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Bearmeat's picture

When healthy, Randall is a chain mover - and a good one at that. Injuries have sapped whatever deep speed he once had (which wasn't much). He's smallish for a WR though, so he tends to get dinged up fairly frequently. When he's hurt, he loses his suddenness, and he becomes not an above average player.

But even when healthy, he's not a WR1. He shouldn't be getting paid like a WR1. But he IS valuable to this offense and would be to any NFL offense. For example, the Pats would KILL for Randall in the Amendola role right now.

Clay was active today too. Albeit against SEA's terrible OL. (That's another argument) As long as we're not up against the cap, there's no reason to hate on either player for what they make.

Mojo's picture

I love chain-movers.

dobber's picture

This is a ball-control passing game. Still a lot of catch-and-run in what the Packers do, even though ARod likes to go up top. How many flat passes and WR screens were called yesterday? They're built around chain-movers like Cobb and Adams.

Bearmeat's picture

Right. And like I said above, there's not a thing in the world wrong with that.

Mojo's picture

That Cobb had the ability to be the Packers leading receiver for one game does not surprise me in the least.

Packer Fan's picture

Cobb is good and worth his pay. Forget the media. This was a good game for the Pack as the D for Seattle is really good. The offense showed how it is going to make it difficult to stop. Defense played well. Really an unknown coming into the season. I hear the Pack went to the short passing game in the second half. If true, why wait so long, especially with a good D. Seemed like Seattle D was beginning to get tired. I liked the last pass to Bennett instead of running the ball.

moreritzcrackers's picture

@zacharyjacobson

Cobb is a FOCAL point of the offense not a VOCAL point. Other than that, agree with your analysis.

PETER MAIZ's picture

I liked Cobb, and the defence did exceptionally well
It all worked especially with Rodgers working the ball. The offence didn't do so well in the first half. I see a team that will go far this year.

Spock's picture

Cobb=worth his contract. :)

Nick Perry's picture

I thought Cobb would have a good game and he did. He's healthy right now and when he's healthy he makes great plays. His hands are some of the best in the NFL at least based on his catch %

Lphill's picture

Cobb was focused and intense , that taunting penalty was a joke , are the players now to remain silent during a game? I wonder what was coming from the mouths of the Seahawks all game , oh I guess some complimentary remarks of course.

The TKstinator's picture

I love the smell of a bolstered offense in the morning.
Domingo Santana: Mr. Sunday
Randall Cobb: Mr. Season Opener

RCPackerFan's picture

Cobb has been the forgotten man in the offense. I have felt for a while that he was going to have a really good year mostly because of that reason.

One of the biggest reasons why I think he will have the really good year is because the amount of attention that will go towards Nelson, Adams and Bennett. Also with the amount of weapons they should be able to rotate more guys in and out which should keep him more fresh.

Cobb is one of Rodgers most trusted players. When he is in trouble Rodgers always seems to look for him.

dobber's picture

This is a team that can focus any one of 4 guys in the passing game and not miss a beat. How many teams can say that?

What I was curious about, since I haven't seen the snap counts yet, is how many times the Packers actually used a 4th WR yesterday (with Allison out). I don't know if DAvis and Janis got much more than 5 or 8 snaps on offense combined yesterday. Kendricks seemed to play quite a bit for a 2nd TE.

RCPackerFan's picture

Not many!

I know I saw Davis on a few plays. I don't know how many though. I don't recall seeing Janis at all.

I think I saw Richard Rodgers more then Davis and Janis.

donnyanderson44's picture

Cobb is what you call in the clutch. A veritable first down machine. Hope he can stay healthy. He really is a weapon.

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