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Randall Cobb prepared to take a bigger role for Packers

Green Bay Packers Cobb makes a catch as he is tackled by San Francisco 49ers Goldson and Brock during their NFL NFC Divisional play-off football game in San Francisco Reuters

The Packers weren’t planning on Randall Cobb having as much of a role as he had last year.

But now that the marginalized-in-2012 Donald Driver’s retired and the oft-injured Greg Jennings has moved onto Minnesota, they’re counting on Cobb like never before. And he wants more.

The 22-year-old wideout said he’s looking forward to a bigger role in the offense after a breakout season, knowing he’s a more central figure in the plan along with Jordy Nelson and James Jones.

“I think definitely with Donald retiring and Greg leaving, it’s definitely going to be a lot more weight on me, James and Jordy’s shoulders,” Cobb said, via Weston Hodkiewicz of the Green Bay Press-Gazette. “But we’re taking on the challenge head-on. We’ve been really excited to get back and work. We’ve got some young guys, some drafted guys that’s coming in. We’re excited to get back to work and see how it’s going to turn out this year.”

Cobb caught 80 passes last year, and led the league in all-purpose yards. Not bad for a second-year receiver who was drafted 20 spots after Titus Young.

“I really don’t think I’ve peaked yet,” Cobb said. “I’m 22 years old. I’ve got a lot of learning still to do. I have a long way to go and I just hope I continue to get better over the next years.”

Of course, Cobb’s also going to have to get used to increased attention, and the possibility he might he shuffled off his return duties, making it more important for him to continue at last year’s offensive level.

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  1. h3min1230 says: May 14, 2013 2:30 PM

    IR no later then week 4…

  2. emoney826 says: May 14, 2013 2:36 PM

    Lol NFC north teams wish he would go to IR by week 4. This guy is unstoppable.

  3. packfanaj12 says: May 14, 2013 2:36 PM

    This guy is ambitious, talented and young. I have no doubt packer fans should be expecting great things to come from Cobb. A very classy hardworking guy as well, and fun to watch.

    Go PACK!

  4. tarynfor12 says: May 14, 2013 2:44 PM

    Cobb may very well go down as TTs best draft pick outside of Rodgers.

  5. uwsptke says: May 14, 2013 2:47 PM

    I loved these highlights in this post:

    “the oft-injured Greg Jennings has moved onto Minnesota”

    and

    “Not bad for a second-year receiver who was drafted 20 spots after Titus Young.”

    All we needed was a dig at the Bears to complete the trifecta.

  6. shaggytoodle says: May 14, 2013 2:47 PM

    I hope they find a returner so he can focus more on developing as a WR.

    I think he can have a breakout season like James Jones did last year.

  7. squared80 says: May 14, 2013 2:54 PM

    Was fantasy gold for me last season. I think he’ll get hurt this year, though.

  8. jbcommonsense says: May 14, 2013 3:00 PM

    In fantasy football drafts, should I take Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb or James Jones?

  9. filthymcnasty1 says: May 14, 2013 3:05 PM

    It’s been fun watching Randall Cobb beat up on the hapless Vikings and Bears twice per season for each year that he’s been in the NFL.

  10. PowerMad says: May 14, 2013 3:06 PM

    Cool.

    Now we’ll all get to watch RC biff more touches like he biffed kick returns last year.

    Packers = Last.

  11. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 14, 2013 3:07 PM

    tarynfor12 says:May 14, 2013 2:44 PM

    Cobb may very well go down as TTs best draft pick outside of Rodgers.
    _____

    That’s not saying much. Can you even name another draft pick by TT?

  12. Carl Gerbschmidt says: May 14, 2013 3:09 PM

    jbcommonsense says:May 14, 2013 3:00 PM

    In fantasy football drafts, should I take Jordy Nelson, Randall Cobb or James Jones?

    ——–

    I’d get all three if you can.

  13. olhoss1884 says: May 14, 2013 3:13 PM

    All the hype over Percy “PITA” Harvin and no recognition of Cobb, who is a better guy and a better player.

  14. lionsdraftguy says: May 14, 2013 3:14 PM

    Well as long as the refs continue to not call holding penalties on the Packers O-line, Rodgers should have PLENTY of time to get it to Cobb.

  15. jmac34 says: May 14, 2013 3:17 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 14, 2013 3:07 PM

    tarynfor12 says:May 14, 2013 2:44 PM

    Cobb may very well go down as TTs best draft pick outside of Rodgers.
    _____

    That’s not saying much. Can you even name another draft pick by TT?
    ———————
    um Nick Collins, Greg Jennings, Clay Matthews, BJ Raji, James Jones, Jordy Nelson, Casey Hayward……

  16. purpwalk says: May 14, 2013 3:19 PM

    corn cob with a beer belly roll. suits the hicks

  17. filthymcnasty1 says: May 14, 2013 3:22 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 14, 2013 3:07 PM

    tarynfor12 says:May 14, 2013 2:44 PM

    Cobb may very well go down as TTs best draft pick outside of Rodgers.
    _____

    That’s not saying much. Can you even name another draft pick by TT?

    ***********************************************

    Greg Jennings.

  18. len462 says: May 14, 2013 3:25 PM

    I didn’t read the article, but I assume the bigger role has something to do with sausages. This Wisconsin we’re talking about people.

    SKOL VIKES!

  19. noeffinway says: May 14, 2013 3:29 PM

    lionsdraftguy says: May 14, 2013 3:14 PM

    Well as long as the refs continue to not call holding penalties on the Packers O-line, Rodgers should have PLENTY of time to get it to Cobb.
    ________________

    These cheeseheads will never admit this to be the case. But then again, they never watch the game tape because they are afraid of what they will see………..besides the standard ‘hold on every play’ they would also see such things as shoes being untied and silly schoolyard nonsense like that.

  20. shaggytoodle says: May 14, 2013 3:34 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    May 14, 2013 3:07 PM

    That’s not saying much. Can you even name another draft pick by TT?
    ______

    Clay Matthew

  21. fredsingleton says: May 14, 2013 3:38 PM

    jmac34 says:
    May 14, 2013 3:17 PM
    Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 14, 2013 3:07 PM

    tarynfor12 says:May 14, 2013 2:44 PM

    Cobb may very well go down as TTs best draft pick outside of Rodgers.
    _____

    That’s not saying much. Can you even name another draft pick by TT?
    ———————
    um Nick Collins, Greg Jennings, Clay Matthews, BJ Raji, James Jones, Jordy Nelson, Casey Hayward……
    ___________________________

    Nick Collins is done with football, Greg Jennings was a good pick (now on Vikings), Clay Matthews is overrated (and overpaid now), BJ Raji is terrible, James Jones/Jordy Nelson are only good because of Rodgers, and Hayward has only been in the league 1 year (didn’t even make pro bowl).

  22. shaggytoodle says: May 14, 2013 3:38 PM

    @rickmagician

    Just curious if you can name some great talent Spielman drafted, the couple Khalil AP and Greenway , can you name 3 more?

  23. obsessedvikingfan says: May 14, 2013 3:47 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says: May 14, 2013 3:05 PM

    It’s been fun watching Randall Cobb beat up on the hapless Vikings and Bears twice per season for each year that he’s been in the NFL.
    __________________________

    Funny how GB fans forget the Vikings beat them last year and kept them from a bye week and that caused them to have to play San Fran and get killed.

    Funny also considering how living in the past is what GB fans do.

  24. obsessedvikingfan says: May 14, 2013 3:50 PM

    Considering Spielman has only a few years vs. TT you can’t name a lot. But don’t forget Harrison Smith from last year too.

  25. gnarlswoodson says: May 14, 2013 3:54 PM

    fredsingleton says:May 14, 2013 3:38 PM

    Nick Collins is done with football, Greg Jennings was a good pick (now on Vikings), Clay Matthews is overrated (and overpaid now), BJ Raji is terrible, James Jones/Jordy Nelson are only good because of Rodgers, and Hayward has only been in the league 1 year (didn’t even make pro bowl).

    ———————————————————-

    Nobody pay attention to this guy he knows nothing about football. He just called Clay Matthews overrated and cited an unknown rookie who was the second or third best cover corner in the NFL last season (look it up) not making the Popularity Bowl as a reason why you can’t say it was a good pick LOL. Ew, go away.

  26. Frazier28/7 says: May 14, 2013 3:55 PM

    Should be fun to watch Cordarelle and Cobb compete for years to come.

  27. filthymcnasty1 says: May 14, 2013 3:56 PM

    obsessedvikingfan says: May 14, 2013 3:47 PM

    Funny also considering how living in the past is what GB fans do.

    *********************************************

    There are only 2 kinds of people this afraid to talk about their past:

    1) Viking fans.
    2) Convicted pedophiles.

    And there’s a lot of overlap.

  28. tokyosandblaster says: May 14, 2013 3:57 PM

    When this guy is #3 on your depth chart, and he’d be #1 on most rosters, you know you’re doing something right.

    It doesn’t hurt that you have the best QB, Best Coach, and best overall team around you, either.

    The Packers should win the division by 4 games.

  29. obsessedvikingfan says: May 14, 2013 4:02 PM

    Yet filthy, you fail to admit you were wrong about beating the Vikings twice a year. Oooops.

    Only live in the past when it works to your advantage. Typical Packer fan.

  30. atthemurph says: May 14, 2013 4:14 PM

    shaggytoodle says:
    May 14, 2013 2:47 PM
    I hope they find a returner so he can focus more on developing as a WR.

    I think he can have a breakout season like James Jones did last year.
    ————————————————————

    Jonathan Franklin is going to return punts and Ross will probably return KOs.

    Breakout season? Don’t you think leading the league in all-purpose yards and having 80 catches qualifies as a “break out”, especially at 21 years old?

  31. muskyhunter2542 says: May 14, 2013 4:17 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    May 14, 2013 3:07 PM
    tarynfor12 says:May 14, 2013 2:44 PM

    Cobb may very well go down as TTs best draft pick outside of Rodgers.
    _____

    That’s not saying much. Can you even name another draft pick by TT?

    ________
    Yeah, ummm… The whole team!!!

  32. packersareandwillalwaysbebetterthanthebears says: May 14, 2013 4:21 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician
    May 14, 2013, 2:07 PM CDT
    tarynfor12 says:May 14, 2013 2:44 PM

    Cobb may very well go down as TTs best draft pick outside of Rodgers.
    _____

    That’s not saying much. Can you even name another draft pick by TT?

    ——-

    We have the most players on our team that were drafted originally by that team in the league at 45 I believe. And considering the Pack are a perennial title contender and the NFC North champ, I’d say he picks greatly.

  33. tokyosandblaster says: May 14, 2013 4:36 PM

    Guys, don’t let these Vikings fans get under your skin.

    It’s beneath us, as they have always been and always will be.

    Our team is a storied, much loved franchise. Their team is best known for wearing purple and being stupid on boats.

    Celebrating our team’s amazing history is just one more thing these girls are jealous of, because they have no history to celebrate.

    When the dust settles this year, and the Packers again win the division, and the Vikings again battle for 8-8, we can simply say “I told you so” and go about our business.

  34. deltaoracle says: May 14, 2013 4:40 PM

    Really desperate when you start talking about Packers’ OLine getting away with holding. Hate to be the one to tell you, but OLinemen from every team get away with holding on every play! I think some of San Fran’s Olinemen may still have a handful of Packers jersey. Try to find something semi-legitimate to pout about.
    Bulaga I would say was a good draft choice, to add to those already listed. Thompson also comes up with a lot of undrafted guys who are very good.
    Amazing, ain’t it, that such a “poor” team is a perennial contender, whereas the other teams in the NFC North can’t seem to break through for more than a season or two?

  35. shaggytoodle says: May 14, 2013 4:51 PM

    atthemurph says:
    May 14, 2013 4:14 PM

    Breakout season? Don’t you think leading the league in all-purpose yards and having 80 catches qualifies as a “break out”, especially at 21 years old?
    _____

    True, I was looking at the numbers as much. Cobb.

    Like Jones went from being known for drops, to being sure handed, which contributed to him leading the NFL in TDs.

    I hope Cobb can go from very good, to great. I believe he has that ability, because TT is great at finding WRs.

  36. unkleruckus says: May 14, 2013 4:52 PM

    Yet, he’s at best the 3rd or 4th best wr in the NFC north

    1. Megatron
    2. Marshall
    3. Jennings

  37. gbmickey says: May 14, 2013 4:56 PM

    Spielman comes with the same worn out response again saying how the Packers dont draft well. Do you realize how stupid that is? The Packers team makeup percentage wise is made up almost exclusively from their own draft picks, matter of fact more than any other team for the last 5 years. How did the team do? Well owning the division and a Super Bowl tells the non jealous fan all they need to know.

  38. noeffinway says: May 14, 2013 5:00 PM

    @deltaoracle, lmfao..you know as well as I do the favoritism shown to the pack by the officials. For pete’s sake lets open our eye’s to reality here and quit acting like it isn’t happening. Even my packer buddies shake their heads at the favorable calls given to their team on a weekly basis. I’ve also had (and still do have) the unfortunate opportunity to sit at lambeau during many of of these fiasco’s and the beer guzzling goofs in the green and gold sitting around me even laugh at the so called blunders, most of which are just way too obvious. So put down your green and gold glasses and face reality – the league without a doubt favors your team. smh

  39. tokyosandblaster says: May 14, 2013 5:07 PM

    Yet, he’s at best the 3rd or 4th best wr in the NFC north

    1. Megatron
    2. Marshall
    3. Jennings

    ——

    And yet, he’ll do better than all of those because they have terrible, CFL-bound QBs.

  40. herbbster says: May 14, 2013 5:08 PM

    @obsessedvikingsfan, Filthy is right, we beat the vikings twice last year…

  41. axespray says: May 14, 2013 5:20 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    May 14, 2013 3:07 PM
    tarynfor12 says:May 14, 2013 2:44 PM
    Cobb may very well go down as TTs best draft pick outside of Rodgers.
    _____
    “That’s not saying much. Can you even name another draft pick by TT?”
    ———————————————–
    Finely, Jordy, Jones, Greg, Rodgers, Swain, Quarless, Bulaga, Lang, Sitton, Clay, AJ, Bishop, (I’d say Shields & Tramon, but they were undrafted), Collins, Starks, CJ, BJ, Neal, Pat Lee, Crosby – these guys were only players on the superbowl winning team from 2010…. all players either drafted or undrafted by us, aside from the few free agents we had to pick up cause of 15 guys on IR.

  42. obsessedvikingfan says: May 14, 2013 5:24 PM

    We were talking regular season. So no you didn’t.

  43. shaggytoodle says: May 14, 2013 5:28 PM

    unkleruckus says:
    May 14, 2013 4:52 PM
    Yet, he’s at best the 3rd or 4th best wr in the NFC north

    1. Megatron
    2. Marshall
    3. Jennings

    ________

    Jennings had less than 40 catches, fewer than 400 yards rec.

  44. inyofaceagain says: May 14, 2013 5:31 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says: May 14, 2013 3:05 PM

    It’s been fun watching Randall Cobb beat up on the hapless Vikings and Bears twice per season for each year that he’s been in the NFL.

    ————

    “beat up the hapless Vikings”?
    COBB HAS NEVER SCORED AGAINST THE VIKINGS
    GB won by 7 in Lambeau (Cobb had 60 yds, no TDs) then lost in the Metrodome in a game that would have given them a bye in the playoffs. Instead they got tired and lost to SF. Yeah Cobb really “beat up” the Vikings. U Green Bay fans are hilarious!

  45. inyofaceagain says: May 14, 2013 5:32 PM

    And its so funny how the past 6 years GB has been singing Jennings praises saying he was thr greatest, but now, totally different story. The iconic WR is no longer in their graces so he “sucks” now I guess. So funny!

  46. packfanaj12 says: May 14, 2013 5:38 PM

    “We were talking regular season. So no you didn’t.”

    I believe twice per season is what was said, which could include postseason.

  47. stellarperformance says: May 14, 2013 5:52 PM

    No matter how great you think the Vikings will be, reputations are built on what you’ve done, not what you say you’re going to do.

    Until something changes, the Vikings are still in the Packers’ rearview mirror, sucking their exhaust.

    Eat it.

  48. tokyosandblaster says: May 14, 2013 5:55 PM

    packfanaj12 says:
    May 14, 2013 5:38 PM
    “We were talking regular season. So no you didn’t.”

    I believe twice per season is what was said, which could include postseason.

    They don’t count the post season, because they had a couple people injured. They would have won if not for those injuries.

    Never mind the Packers having more starters hurt than the Vikings.

    That’s irrelevant.

  49. tokyosandblaster says: May 14, 2013 5:57 PM

    inyofaceagain says:
    May 14, 2013 5:32 PM
    And its so funny how the past 6 years GB has been singing Jennings praises saying he was thr greatest, but now, totally different story. The iconic WR is no longer in their graces so he “sucks” now I guess. So funny!

    Nah. He is just frequently injured and not worth 12 mil per year.

    It seems as though you’re an all or nothing kind of guy.

    And since you’re a Viking fan, you’ve had a whole lot of nothing.

  50. thesmedman says: May 14, 2013 6:35 PM

    Do they call Cobb, “Tex”?

    Paging C. Berman…

  51. packfanaj12 says: May 14, 2013 6:37 PM

    “We were talking regular season. So no you didn’t.”

    I believe twice per season is what was said, which could include postseason.

    They don’t count the post season, because they had a couple people injured. They would have won if not for those injuries.

    Never mind the Packers having more starters hurt than the Vikings.

    That’s irrelevant.

    _

    The origional poster and the responder never talked about specifics on what they ment by season, thus postseason could have been included on what the origional poster was saying, not what “they” (guessing you mean leauge statistics) refer to as a season. Just different ways to look at it.

    And would have won without those injuries? Every team is beat up during postseason… that has been an issue for the Packers for several regular seasons leading up to postseason, and it’s no excuse for losing a game, hence why a team builds depth in their roster.

  52. tokyosandblaster says: May 14, 2013 7:39 PM

    @Packfanaj12

    I’m on your side.

    I was being sarcastic.

  53. packfanaj12 says: May 14, 2013 7:50 PM

    Oh, sorry, I didnt catch that :) but I see that now. My bad.

  54. vltrophy14 says: May 14, 2013 8:00 PM

    Cobb was also a QB so MM might try a flea flicker using Cobb as well. IMO Packers will see how JFrank does at punt returning. We get thr running game going & our tri fecta of WR should see a decent increase in yards & TDs

  55. toolkien says: May 14, 2013 8:51 PM

    Ranking of teams by total player potency since 2007 (the time Ted Thompson has been the GM of the Packers minus two years dealing with the slow, dumb, and overpaid team he inherited from Mike Sherman in 2005)-

    NWE 1522
    GNB 1415
    PIT 1401
    NOR 1362
    SDG 1329
    BAL 1326
    DAL 1286
    ATL 1275
    NYG 1272
    IND 1271
    PHI 1248
    HOU 1246
    MIN 1241
    SFO 1224
    NYJ 1220
    CHI 1211
    TEN 1181
    DEN 1163
    SEA 1160
    WAS 1146
    MIA 1132
    CIN 1131
    ARI 1125
    CAR 1122
    TAM 1107
    JAX 1083
    CLE 1046
    BUF 1045
    DET 1036
    OAK 1018
    KAN 986
    STL 920

    Ranking of teams by winning % since 2007, regular and postseason combined-

    Tm W-L% ▾
    NWE 0.764
    GNB 0.679
    PIT 0.654
    NYG 0.629
    BAL 0.624
    IND 0.621
    NOR 0.618
    ATL 0.604
    SDG 0.578
    DAL 0.566
    HOU 0.55
    CHI 0.541
    TEN 0.531
    SFO 0.53
    PHI 0.52
    MIN 0.5
    NYJ 0.5
    DEN 0.495
    ARI 0.48
    SEA 0.461
    CIN 0.449
    CAR 0.433
    TAM 0.433
    WAS 0.429
    MIA 0.402
    JAX 0.398
    BUF 0.375
    OAK 0.354
    CLE 0.344
    DET 0.299
    KAN 0.299
    STL 0.234

    Thompson has been quite the slouch indeed.

  56. hatesycophants says: May 14, 2013 9:24 PM

    If this article has taught us nothing else, it is that both Packers and Vikings fans are tools. It’s like a yutz parade in here.

  57. shaggytoodle says: May 15, 2013 1:59 PM

    fredsingleton says:
    May 14, 2013 3:38 PM

    James Jones/Jordy Nelson are only good because of Rodgers.
    ___________

    Probably surprising too a Viking fan, when a QB makes their teammates better. Brady, Manning and Brees do it as well.

    That’s what great players do.

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