Packers want to get the ball to Cobb more often

Randall Cobb has been one of the better receivers in the NFL, and now the Packers are trying to focus on getting him even more involved

| 2 weeks ago
(Jonathan Daniel, Getty Images)

(Jonathan Daniel, Getty Images)

Packers want to get the ball to Cobb more often

  • On Thursday, ESPN reported that Green Bay Packers coach Mike McCarthy discussed his desire to get the ball into wide receiver Randall Cobb’s hands more often.
  • Cobb has been one of the most consistent receivers in the NFL, being top-25 graded in four of the past five seasons. Cobb’s best season was 2014, when he earned the fourth highest wide receiver grade at 88.5. This past year Cobb was graded 22nd out of 115 eligible receivers with a mark of 81.0.
  • In 2016, Cobb had the most reliable hands in the NFL, dropping zero of his 60 catchable targets and ultimately ranking first out of 96 eligible receivers in drop rate.
  • When Cobb is targeted, good things happen. Since 2012 Cobb ranks third among all WRs (min 250 receptions) in wide receiver rating at 116.2.

Randall Cobb - WR RATING - BW

  • Ferrari Driver

    It would be surprising to see Cobb targeted more often than in 2016 considering Nelson will be another year removed from the ACL and with the additions in the TE position. If one of the younger guys emerges on the edge, Nelson has demonstrated that he is a real threat on the inside. Cobb may find himself coming off the bench if he remains with the team at the start of the season.

    • Brian Dugan

      What younger guy? Geronimo Allison flashed at times last season, but is just an UDFA. All of the other guys are late-round picks with numerous deficiencies or are rookies (Trevor Davis, Jeff Janis, + 2017 draft picks).

      Cobb’s reemergence down the stretch last season coincided with the Packers’ winning streak; the Packers are better when Rodgers and Cobb are connecting on key 3rd downs or in the red zone. Also, important to note that Randall Cobb is only 26. The only chance that Randall Cobb is not on the 2017 53 is in he’s injured.

      • Ferrari Driver

        Hey Brian, I’m talking about getting the ball more often than last year. I’m not demeaning the value or performance of Cobb who is a terrific player and a good guy both on and off the field. He has value as a Packer and has viable value in a trade.

  • Thegreatreynoldo

    MM says a lot of things. I’d be surprised if Cobb doesn’t find that he is the 4th option and gets the bulk of his receptions on scramble drills, where he has chemistry with AR. I’ve almost no doubt that Cobb makes the 53 in 2017, but think he is really on the bubble for 2018.