Sundays are just better since Randall Cobb entered the league.
With all the malaise surrounding the football program, watching Cobb dance around Lambeau Field was like a cool drink of water on a hot summer day. For the second season in a row, Cobb got off to a hot start, catching nine passes for 77 yards and returning a punt 75 yards for a touchdown. The most telling sign that Green Bay is going all in on Cobb’s versatility? He lined up in the backfield 19 times yesterday. Yes, the backfield. He also lined up in the slot and on the outside of formations.
After being fifth in the rotation last season, Cobb is quickly becoming Aaron Rodgers’ favorite receiver. He was targeted nine times yesterday, which is more than double his previous single-game high for targets. Cobb told reporters on Sunday that his performance is a result of hard work during the offseason and in training camp:
“It definitely is a confidence builder coming in opening week and have a few catches and be able to contribute a little bit,” Cobb said. “(Aaron and I) this offseason worked on that chemistry a lot. Me getting inside his head, him getting inside my head and working together and getting a better understanding of each other and what we’re both trying to accomplish.”
With Green Bay’s running game failing to produce, why not let shake things up and line Randall up in the backfield? Rodgers says the Packers will use Cobb’s playmaking skills however they can:
“That’s what we’ve been talking a lot about,” Rodgers said of Cobb’s impact. “He’s a big-time player, a great punt returner obviously. We’re going to try to find ways to get him matched up on positive mismatches for him out there. The more opportunities we can give him in space, there’s a lot of good plays out there he had.”
Thank you, Randall, for making Sundays even better.