The Packers began their first phase of organized team activities this past week as former Kentucky Wildcat Randall Cobb prepares for his 8th NFL season.
Cobb has a little bit of an adjustment to make with the off-season release of veteran receiver Jordy Nelson. Cobb is now the oldest receiver on the Packers roster at 27 years old.
The former Kentucky star will not change his approach much, telling reporters “I’m going to continue doing the things that I was doing when Jordy was here – it’s leading by example. It’s doing what you know you’re supposed to be doing, being the teammate that you know you can be, and just being able to fill in and answer questions whenever guys have them and being able to show them techniques and how we do things to help get you open on the field.”
With the departure of Nelson comes the arrival of former Saints and Seahawks tight end Jimmy Graham, at 6’7 265 pounds the former Miami product gives Aaron Rodgers a big target to rely on.
Rodgers will have a variety of players to throw to in Cobb, Graham, Geronimo Allison and 5th year receiver Davante Adams who is coming off his first pro bowl season.
Adams remembers his first encounter with Cobb in 2014 falsely believing that the receiver was a 10 year veteran by how he acted when in reality Cobb was just 24 years old.
Adams offered high praise of Cobb as a player and teammate, “He’s a young 27, definitely is. He’s an incredible athlete. He’s still got the burners and he has a lot to offer for the young guys, as well. You go out there and you watch how he gets down on the field, he’s consistent and he’s one of the best, one of the hardest-working guys in the game and in practice and things like that. It makes it easy for the young guys to pick up on that.”
The Packers and Cobb are expecting bounce back years as the injury to Rodgers was too much for both to overcome in 2017.
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