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B.J. Raji: Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb the only guys “we really need”

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The Packers have won five straight games after a 2-3 start despite the absence of wide receiver Greg Jennings for all of those games and wide receiver Jordy Nelson for all or most of two of them.

Much of the credit for those wins has gone to quarterback Aaron Rodgers, but the Packers have also uncovered a major offensive contributor in Randall Cobb. The wideout is leading the team in catches and ranks second in receiving yards and touchdowns in his second season while also acting as a threat on running plays and in the return game. That’s led defensive tackle B.J. Raji to put him on a pretty lofty perch right alongside Rodgers in the team’s hierarchy.

“(They) are the only two guys that we really need out there,” Raji said, via Jason Wilde of ESPNWisconsin.com. “He’s our version of Percy Harvin, man.”

Coach Mike McCarthy wouldn’t go quite that far, citing tight end Jermichael Finley’s 2010 injury as a reminder of why he doesn’t want to build the offense too much around any player. The Packers haven’t done that this year, but Cobb’s versatility means that he can fill a role on just about every play. That’s not true of everyone on the Packers offense, which is why Cobb’s taken on such a big role this year.

Offensive coordinator Tom Clements admits Harvin was one of the inspirations for Cobb’s role this season, along with Saints running back Darren Sproles, and that influence can be seen in the way Cobb lines up all over the field on offense. The results have been pretty similar as well, which is a big reason why the Packers have weathered a shaky start and several injuries to key players without the whole season going in the wrong direction.

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21 Responses to “B.J. Raji: Aaron Rodgers and Randall Cobb the only guys “we really need””
  1. iluvbears says: Nov 25, 2012 10:21 AM

    As a fan of an opposing team, and a died-in-the-wool Packer hater, I think that is a splendid idea. Who needs Jennings, Nelson or Finley as part of that offense?

  2. tecmobowl34 says: Nov 25, 2012 10:32 AM

    The Packers always have crazy depth. As a Bears fan it’s infuriating. Chicago never has depth like that. Lose 16 starters to injury? No worries, they’ll go ahead and win the Super Bowl. Fat cheesehead fans are too dumb to appreciate it.

  3. woodyg says: Nov 25, 2012 10:38 AM

    A simple reality check ——-

    It’s the Pack and ‘the other 31′.
    Always has been & always will be.

  4. packerhater says: Nov 25, 2012 10:51 AM

    With such an easy schedule again its amazing they lose any games at all.

  5. txbearmeat says: Nov 25, 2012 10:57 AM

    Tecmo – As a Packer fan, it’s never the tried and true roster building approach that infuriates me. We have enough depth that as long as Rodgers stays upright, I know we’re going at least 10-6 every year.

    It’s the Bears that infuriate me. How in the HELL do they stay competitive for so long? Free Agency is a waste of money 90% of the time. And yet, the Bears have made it work.

    Plus, they’re old. They have NO depth. Their OL makes the Houston Texans OL circa 2002 look good. They have crap for safeties. They’re featuring 1 pass rusher and an OLB playing DE. Urlacher has literally one knee left. Their QB should be in a mental institution, not on an NFL field. Ditto their star WR.

    And they’re 7-3. S.M.H.

  6. stairwayto7 says: Nov 25, 2012 10:58 AM

    Disention among Packer players! Another 1 and done in playoffs! Discount double choke!

  7. thetokyosandblaster says: Nov 25, 2012 11:00 AM

    packerhater says:
    Nov 25, 2012 10:51 AM
    With such an easy schedule again its amazing they lose any games at all.

    —-

    Well, that’s true. Having the Vikings, Bears, and Lions twice each year is a guaranteed 6 wins.

    But the injury bug does strike, and the NFL pays them handsomely to lose a few games here and there, just for sport.

  8. fuzzynuts55 says: Nov 25, 2012 11:19 AM

    Thought football was a team sport? Pack will lose to baby face today..

  9. hedleykow says: Nov 25, 2012 11:23 AM

    Tonight, Rogers will roll out his new move for discount double three and outs.

  10. wildbillsrodeo says: Nov 25, 2012 11:33 AM

    Good, line up Rodgers and Cobb as the only two starters on the offense and see how far you get. If I were a Packers offensive lineman, I’d be slapping Raji upside the head right about now

  11. louiespoon says: Nov 25, 2012 11:38 AM

    The safeties are, matter of fact none of the D, is a weak spot while the offensive line along with play calling are the real Achilles heel. Good coaching is why they stay competitive, Lovie provides that….

  12. thetokyosandblaster says: Nov 25, 2012 11:38 AM

    hedleykow says:
    Nov 25, 2012 11:23 AM
    Tonight, Rogers will roll out his new move for discount double three and outs.

    And Eli will show off his old favorite, the 2nd half slide.

  13. packnfc says: Nov 25, 2012 11:41 AM

    Packerhater, it’s funny that you complain about the packs schedule. I’m sure you’re a bears fan, so you’re saying the bears are an easy win. Nice. I agree

  14. ernie ernie says: Nov 25, 2012 11:45 AM

    Raji ought to shut his mouth and look at his game film. He has done nothing this year and has been man handled this year. Ya he has an ankle problem which is kind of convenient when you suck.

  15. chi01town says: Nov 25, 2012 11:46 AM

    ELI & the Giants are licking they chops because they know this is a easy win. the Packers cant beat New York and they never could.

  16. dino2997 says: Nov 25, 2012 11:54 AM

    Packers are winning despite the injuries but this doesn’t guarantee playoff success. It appears that they’re getting conceited again like last season. 2010 was remarkable but it was also rare.

  17. bmue42 says: Nov 25, 2012 12:20 PM

    Packerhater- yea our division is pretty easy, right? Not to mention SF,SEA,NO, NYG, HOU this year is a cake walk….right?

  18. scoops1 says: Nov 25, 2012 12:21 PM

    chi01town says:
    Nov 25, 2012 11:46 AM
    ELI & the Giants are licking they chops because they know this is a easy win. the Packers cant beat New York and they never could.
    ————————————–

    Dec 26, 2010 says otherwise…..

  19. drillbit19k says: Nov 25, 2012 12:34 PM

    Some real high brow input on football here:

    “My team is not as successful as the packers, therefore I hate them.”

    Pretty much sums it all up.

  20. westcoastpackerfan says: Nov 25, 2012 2:13 PM

    Every time I read the comments regarding Packers posts I am baffled at how soon they turn into trash talk. What does this article have to do with the Bears or Giants or whoever?

    Anyway, BJ is right. Cobb has been the team MVP this year. He is healthy, and has made plays all over the field. He has almost become Rodgers safety net at this point. As a Packers fan it is exciting to see what he has been able to do.

  21. axespray says: Nov 25, 2012 8:21 PM

    I’d include Clay on that list…
    Rodgers/Cobb/Clay/Sitton are the Mount Rushmore of this team.

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