Packers receiver Randall Cobb burst onto the scene as a rookie last season, becoming the first person born in the 1990s to play in an NFL game and scoring two touchdowns in the season-opening win over the Saints. That ended up being Cobb’s biggest game of the season, but this year the Packers are making Cobb a high priority in their offense, and hoping for that kind of production all season long.
Cobb is expected to be the Packers’ top slot receiver this season, and he’s also been lining up in the backfield frequently in training camp. Packers coach Mike McCarthy says that when a player is as good as Cobb with the ball in his hands, it’s up to the coaches to make sure he has the ball in his hands regularly.
“He is a versatile player,” McCarthy said via the Green Bay Press-Gazette, “and it’s important to always try to create schemes where you’re giving people the opportunity to make plays.”
Cobb said he has made it a priority to improve his route running and understanding of the Packers’ offense this year (he admits that his one receiving touchdown last year came when he ran the wrong route), and that he’s expecting big things of himself.
“My coaches always said I had some kind of ‘it’ factor back in college and in high school,” Cobb said. “I just pick up stuff, and I hold onto it.”
For the rest of the NFC, it’s scary to consider that more production from Cobb could make the great Packers’ offense even better.