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Jeremy Lane Thinks Randall Cobb Is a Good Player, Unlike Rob Gronkowski Apparently

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Jeremy Lane Thinks Randall Cobb Is a Good Player, Unlike Rob Gronkowski Apparently

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane—Steven Bisig, USA TODAY Sports.

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb and Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane—Steven Bisig, USA TODAY Sports.

PHOENIX—Seattle Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane made headlines last week for his comments on New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, who the Seahawks will see in the Super Bowl.

“I actually don’t think he’s that good,” Lane is quoted as saying by the Seattle Post-Intelligencer among many other media outlets. “He’s OK.”

Say what? We're talking about the same Rob Gronkowski, right? The three-time Pro Bowler and All-Pro? The holder of multipe NFL single-season records?

Whether or not Lane learned his lesson from the attention and scrutinty he received in the aftermath of his opinion on Gronkowski is uncertain, but for the record, Lane does think Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb is a superb athlete.

"I think Randall Cobb is a good player; I got a lot of respect for him," said Lane in Arizona this week. "And I think I played one of my best ball(games) against him. I had to really lock in and play my technique."

At the very least, Lane should be familiar with Cobb, having frequently matched-up against him in the Sehawks win over the Packers in the NFC Championship game.

Cobb had a good game, catching a team-high seven passes for 62 yards (8.9 ypc) and one touchdown, but by the same token, he didn't really break loose either.

It could perhaps be said Lane held Cobb in check. Going into the game, Seahawks secondary coach Kris Richard—in charge of one of the best defensive backfields in the NFL—realized that Lane would be tested.

"I thought it was just a fantastic match-up for Jeremy Lane," said Richard. "We essentially knew they were going to play him exclusively in the slot, and again, it was simply about preparing out guys to be able to be at their best."

While the Seahawks will be playing for the Vince Lombardi Trophy, the Packers season came to an end that fateful Sunday. And with the loss came the beginning Randall Cobb's uncertain future.

The contract of the Packers wide receiver is set to expire March 10. If the Packers and Cobb don't agree upon an extension at that point, he will become an unrestricted free agent and able to sign with any NFL team.

Richard believes Cobb is certain to receive a high amount of interest on the open market.

"I certainly believe so," said Richard. "He's a guy, a multi-talented individual. He's a returner. He can get in the backfield; he can run the ball; he can play in the slot. You can throw him screens. He's elusive; he's tough. Sure, for me, there's no doubt, he's going to be a top priority."

Lane concurred, saying Cobb should generate interest.

For his part, Cobb isn't sure where his future will take him.

The last time Cobb met the local Green Bay media a day after the NFC Championship, he offered little on the topic whether he'd be back in 2015.

"I haven't signed on the dotted line yet, so I can't be certain about anything," said a sullen Cobb, still processing the bitter defeat of the previous day's game. "I can only take it day by day, and that's pretty much it."

Coming off an injury-plagued 2013 season in which he played in just six regular-season games, Cobb followed that up with the best year of his career this season.

Cobb set personal records with 91 catches for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also was named to his first Pro Bowl as an injury replacement when Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant pulled out of the all-star game.

It's highly unlikely Cobb signs with any team but the Packers this offseason given general manager Ted Thompson's draft-and-develop philsophy that he seems to adhere to more strictly than other teams.

The Packers haven't allowed a single Pro Bowl caliber player leave Green Bay in their first opportunity at free agency in Thompson's tenure. Not one.

All things being equal, Cobb would like to return, but he just can't say anything with 100 percent certainty at this point.

"I think I've made that obvious," said Cobb about his desire to return. "Like I've said before, this is a business. You don't how it's going to go, what direction it's going to go in, so you just have to sit around. Hopefully I've put myself in a position where it'll handle itself. Only time will tell."

 

Brian Carriveau is the author of the book "It's Just a Game: Big League Drama in Small Town America," and editor at Cheesehead TV and its "Pro Football Draft Preview." To contact Brian, email [email protected].

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HankScorpio's picture

Sounds like Jeremy Lane is trying to pat himself on the back for how great he did against the guy he just played, who is oh so talented. (He's not wrong about Cobb being really good)

He lost all credit as a talent evaluator with his Gronk comments, tho.

I will be praying for a sink hole to consume the stadium and force the cancellation of the SB. I can't think of two teams I would like to win a title less than these two.

Go Sink Hole!!

White92's picture

Hilarious..

cheezit's picture

If Gronk needed bulletin board material, he's got it now.

On another note, I concur on rooting for a sinkhole or a meteor to destroy the stadium.

4thand1's picture

I can't watch any of this media circus SB crap. This loss is the worst loss since they lost to Denver in 97. The defense that was on the field in the last 5 minutes choked to high heaven. All year everyone said the ST's would cost the Packers and it did. Play calling down the stretch sucked on both sides of the ball. If this team doesn't win another title or 2 with Rodgers, the MM era will be considered a failure IMO. You don't get many chances to get to the big dance and this fucking team blew it. We'll see what they're made of this year.

pooch's picture

Sigh..Couldn't have said it better myself

jmac34's picture

Honestly Cobb should have had more yards. I can think of at least one play where Cobb was open and Rodger threw it over Cobb's head. So many missed opportunities in that game for GB. It still sickens me to think about

jmac34's picture

Honestly Cobb should have had more yards. I can think of at least one play where Cobb was open and Rodger threw it over Cobb's head. So many missed opportunities in that game for GB. It still sickens me to think about

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