With Greg Jennings gone, the Packers still have a strong trio of receivers. As long as they are able to do the receiving on a consistent basis.
For Randall Cobb, regarded by many as an up-and-coming star, too many balls are being dropped. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel counted 10 last season. Per the Journal Sentinel, Cobb already has dropped four passes in “competitive drills” during camp, including three in the last two days.
On Wednesday, Cobb dropped one during one-on-one drills with a defensive back. On Thursday, he did it again. Later, he dropped a pass on a seam route from Aaron Rodgers, prompting a fan to call out, “Alligator arms!”
“We’ll just continue to make that the primary emphasis for us,” receivers coach Edgar Bennett said Thursday, via the Journal Sentinel. “Catching the football, how we’re catching the football, attacking the ball, not allowing the ball to cross our eyes, looking the ball all the way in. But he had two today that he definitely shouldn’t have.”
For some players, it can be fixed. For others, it’s just who they are.
“Sometimes, guys might lose that and just take their eyes off of it as far as getting ready to run,” Bennett said. “Generally, sometimes that’s what happens. Instead of looking the ball all the way into the tuck, they get ready to see where the defender’s coming from and not put the ball away and look the ball all the way in.”
Rodgers has said he believes Cobb can be a “100-catch guy.” The key word, at least for now, is “catch.”