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Randall Cobb makes his NFL debut

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It’s been 238 days since Randall Cobb said that he’d forgo his final season of eligibility at the University of Kentucky and put his name into the NFL draft. Now that he’s with the Packers, Kentucky fans can only hope that he provides Aaron Rodgers and company with the same playmaking spark that we were spoiled by for the past three seasons.

Cobb should be fully healed from the knee bruise that he suffered in preseason play and will line up for the Pack as the starting punt and kick returner. Expectations are high for him in Green Bay. Coach Mike McCarthy wants Cobb to emerge as a game changer in the mold of Desmond Howard every time he touches the ball. Those are big shoes to fill, especially considering that Howard has gone down in Packers lore for his role in their 1996 Superbowl winning season. To add to the daunting nature of Cobb’s task, no rookie has led the Packers in punt return average since Brett Favre’s first season with the team.

However, if Cobb can make a name for himself as a reliable game changer in the return game, his time at the slot receiver position should increase as well. The Packers have ample talent ahead of Cobb on the depth chart, but those who have watched him in practice have noted the effortlessness with which he catches the ball and his field vision coupled with seemingly endless bursts of speed, when necessary, make Cobb a potential weapon out of the slot.

To guarantee that Cobb will make a significant impact in the offensive designs of the Green Bay Packers as well as their special teams work would be irresponsibly ambitious. As UK fans who have watched him for the past three seasons though, I think we know that he is destined to emerge as a go-to player on this team eventually. It all starts tonight against the Saints. Turn your TVs to NBC at 8:30, and if the Saints kick off first, get your C-A-T-S chants ready because Randall Cobb could be preparing for his first ever Lambeau Leap.

Article written by Matthew Hays

11 Comments for Randall Cobb makes his NFL debut

  1. knightynight
    2:10 pm September 8, 2011 Permalink


  2. CatsfaninFL
    2:15 pm September 8, 2011 Permalink

    If the Saints kick first it will be a touchback… KR means virtually nothing in the NFL anymore… if you want to see Randall make a play expect it to be at WR or with a Saints punt…

    Unleash Cobb.

  3. Powerlifter165
    2:19 pm September 8, 2011 Permalink

    I picked up Cobb in my FFL as my sixth WR in the 17th round, probably never play him but what the heck I had to fill out my roster with someone.

  4. anthonyeppsdrivingschool
    2:24 pm September 8, 2011 Permalink

    knightyknight is my hero

  5. Tobias Funke
    2:30 pm September 8, 2011 Permalink

    5th WR on the depth chart. It will be a few yrs before he makes a real impact. But it WILL happen.

  6. Fresh Prince of Adair
    2:52 pm September 8, 2011 Permalink

    (i put this in the wrong comment section)

    there’s a lot of reasons to like cobb’s odds and i know that the nfl is a step up but who has gotten better experience than him the past 3 seasons reallly? he’s been going through sec gauntlets with him being the focus of every team’s D. im confident in what he had put before him and im simply saying, it’s going to help….it’s one of those things that cant be quantified but no else dealt with the sec like he did, as the focal point, with a team of comparable depth and talent

  7. bti sucks
    3:16 pm September 8, 2011 Permalink

    #2. Yeah, but Hartley is out, which means John Carney will have to wake up from his naps.

    It may be a moot point though because as far as I can tell Cobb is still hobbled by his bone bruise.

  8. Jax Teller
    3:23 pm September 8, 2011 Permalink

    Cobb could be the first person to play in the NFL that was born in 1990 or later…there’s your “man I feel old moment of the day”.

  9. CA UK FAN
    3:26 pm September 8, 2011 Permalink

    Nooooooooooooooooooo……I think I might be a Green Bay fan!

  10. Steve Holt
    4:40 pm September 8, 2011 Permalink

    #5 – I think you’ll be surprised at the number of reps Cobb gets this season. Probably not tonight, mind you, but certainly as the season progresses. The Packers usually spell out receivers that run deep routes, so I think you’ll see Cobb out in place of Jennings, Driver or Jones fairly often.

  11. bluetooth
    6:15 pm September 8, 2011 Permalink

    cobb is a walking billboard for recruiting at UK . hopefully that will be mentioned by the announcers … r cobb from the university of kentucky … by the way 6 , im adair also