After establishing himself as one of the league’s top receivers in 2014 with91 receptions, 1,287 yards, 12 touchdowns, Randall Cobb has struggled to stay on the field.
The former Wildcat dealt with nagging knee and ankle injuries in 2015 and 2016, limiting him from taking the next step up into superstardom as Aaron Rodger’s go-to target in the slot.
Back in July, Cobb told ESPN his main focus this season was to just stay healthy.
â€œOne of the two most important abilities for any player in this league is durability and availability,â€ Cobb said. â€œIâ€™ve had a little bit of an issue with that the last couple years being banged up and missing a few games, trying to play through games I probably shouldnâ€™t have been in. Thatâ€™s something I have to try to do. I have to try to stay healthy and do everything that I can.”
On Sunday, Cobb led the Packers in receptions with nine and receiving yards with 85 in the team’s 17-9 victory over Seattle to open the year.
The seven-year veteran was happy with his season-opening performance.
â€œJust trying to get open, trying to make the plays when they were there,â€ Cobb said simply. â€œWe had opportunities, and [I] just tried to make the most out of them.â€
Teammate Jordy Nelson said that Cobb always has the ability to make something out of nothing, something Kentucky fans know all too well.
â€œWe all benefit from one another,â€ Nelson said. â€œWe know the more weapons we get on the field, the more opportunities we get, the more one-on-one matchups we get. Youâ€™ve just got to go win your matchups. [Cobb] had some big plays for us — big plays early. Heâ€™s a guy that can take a 5-yard catch and turn it into 50 in a heartbeat. For somewhat of a smaller guy, heâ€™s extremely physical and takes a lot of pride in what he does.â€
Future Hall of Fame QB Aaron Rodgers was proud of No. 18’s accomplishments and impact on the team’s victory.
â€œI thought Randall was great. Heâ€™s sometimes a forgotten guy in the mix, especially with the way Davante played in training camp and Jordyâ€™s pedigree and the stuff heâ€™s accomplished,â€ Rodgers said. â€œBut Randall is a great football player. Heâ€™s very reliable. He ran a number of great routes [Sunday] to get open, and he just made some really heady plays for us.â€
You can read the rest of ESPN’s article on Cobb here.Â