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Packers have high hopes for Randall Cobb

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Packers receiver Randall Cobb missed 10 games with a broken leg, but a healthy Cobb could be in for a very big year in 2014.

In fact, Vic Ketchman of Packers.com writes that the expectations are so high that Cobb could lead the league in receptions this season.

That seems like an awfully optimistic expectation, although Cobb had 25 catches through four games, putting him on pace for 100 catches for the season, when he got hurt in the Packers’ fifth game last year. Still, Cobb would likely have to catch even more than 100 passes to lead the league; the league leader has had more than 100 catches in every season this century.

Aaron Rodgers said before last season that Cobb was a 100-catch guy. Cobb certainly has the talent, and the Packers’ offense will get him the ball a lot. Just as long as he stays healthy.

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  1. tokyosandblaster says: Jun 25, 2014 3:10 PM

    He will probably lead the league in receptions this year. TDs, too.

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  2. dethsupport says: Jun 25, 2014 3:12 PM

    Like the rest of their superstars, he’ll play 8 games in 2014 whilst nursing one injury or another for the other 8 games.

    Add grumpy old men Rodgers and Peppers to the list with Claymaker only available for 4 games.

    The Packers will be overachieving if the win 9 games this year.

  3. jonbeck316 says: Jun 25, 2014 3:13 PM

    Randall Cobb is even more injury prone than Erin Rodgers

  4. thepftpoet says: Jun 25, 2014 3:15 PM

    Randall Cobb is a shorter, less athletic version of Cordarrelle Patterson who doesn’t have a very high upside.

    Another piece of an Average Packers team that can’t get past the first round of the playoffs year after year.

    The Vikings are taking this divison this year.

    Bank on it.

  5. ialwayswantedtobeabanker says: Jun 25, 2014 3:16 PM

    Before heading to the IR, Cobb was tearing it up last year – so this comes as no surprise at all.

  6. mnjoemama says: Jun 25, 2014 3:17 PM

    Can’t wait to see him in sweatpants next to peppers and Fabio! Skol Teddy

  7. vikingsrule321 says: Jun 25, 2014 3:19 PM

    Can someone say injury prone?

    Yowza, I wouldn’t want a clown like him on my team!

    Just watch as Bridgewater, (your man) Jennings, (the next great WR) Patterson and Rudolph light the NFL up with Norv Turner at the helm.

    SKOL!

  8. thepftpoet says: Jun 25, 2014 3:20 PM

    Look.

    Outside of Aaron Rodgers.

    The Green Bay Packers have about the same amount of talent as the Jacksonville Jaguars.

    A Decimated Offensive Line.
    A horrible defense that’s been pathetic. for the past three years.
    They have Trent Richardson 2.0 as their running back, who will come back down to earth this year.
    The only strong spot on the team is the WR corps, and even then – they can’t stay healthy.
    Overall, just a weak team.

  9. timcast12 says: Jun 25, 2014 3:20 PM

    We always have a great receiving core, with the best QB in the NFL

  10. sonofad says: Jun 25, 2014 3:20 PM

    Randall needs a Superbowl ring like the rest of their players.

  11. glennsyank13 says: Jun 25, 2014 3:21 PM

    Erin Rodgers? More like Superbowl Champ and 3 time defending division champion Erin Rodgers!

  12. silverandblack052099 says: Jun 25, 2014 3:22 PM

    He is going to be a fantasy stud this season.

    Draft him!

  13. boomboombrown says: Jun 25, 2014 3:22 PM

    If he hangs around Rodgers too much he will be his leading RECIEVER! Don’t know how many passes he will catch though.

  14. iceburgskin202 says: Jun 25, 2014 3:23 PM

    I think he will have the best year out of WR coming back from injury. Wayne has help in spades and Maclin is a injury prone player that will be cut after this year.

  15. purp1eone says: Jun 25, 2014 3:24 PM

    this guy is a wanna be, maybe his yoga classes will help out.

    lucky he makes it past week 1.

    TT sure knows how to pickem.

    Maybe he will grow his hair out kind of miss the al harris look.

  16. timcast12 says: Jun 25, 2014 3:24 PM

    Lol we have talent like the Jaguars but still win the division hahahahaha

  17. skolnolombardilovers says: Jun 25, 2014 3:28 PM

    Isn’t funny how a great player for the Packers isn’t given any credit by the Viking fans? They wish him injury and he has no chance of an outstanding season yet AP who is a LOUSY receiver and a unproven rookie with questionable pro QB capabilities will lead their team to multiple Superbowls even though they have never won one nor been to one since the 1976 season.
    Shows the intelligence,substance abuse and or ignorance of those posters.Funny how the hopes of these clowns rest on AP who has missed more time than Aaron over the last 3 years
    2014 Vikings once again the preseason Champs who will win many Lombardi’s in a row

  18. artvan15 says: Jun 25, 2014 3:31 PM

    Vic Ketchman always comes up with some crazy predictions for the Packers. I wouldn’t put to much stock on anything he has to say.

  19. longtimefanhtr says: Jun 25, 2014 3:34 PM

    The Packers including Cobb won’t be decimated by injuries this year. Cobb will easily catch 100 and the Packers will easily win the NFC North.

  20. chumleyofthenorthwoods says: Jun 25, 2014 3:34 PM

    I love these Viking Followers. I say Followers because that are not Fans. I even love them more when they shut up after the Pack lowers the boom on them again as every year! Mid season they will be crying once again. But at least they can do it like real men outside for once when they watch the Pack come to town. You can build a new stadium but you will never match the awe of Lambo!

  21. fwippel says: Jun 25, 2014 3:36 PM

    He’ll be back in full force. Randall “Tex” Cobb is a man of uncommon valor.

  22. purplezimmerpride says: Jun 25, 2014 3:37 PM

    Just one more reason my Vikings NFC North worst defense is a long, long way from stepping up.

  23. deltaoracle says: Jun 25, 2014 3:39 PM

    According to PFF, the Packers’ projected starters rank #7 in the NFL.
    That’s not the QB, it’s the TEAM – offense and defense.
    The Lions are ranked 11th, Bears 15th, and that other team – the Cubs or whatever – is 29th.

    It will be tough for Cobb to catch 100 passes because the Packers are crazy deep at WR. And with ORoY Lacy and the other RBs likely to pile up even more yards this year… well the chances probably just won’t be there. But I’m sure the Pack will keep being creative with Cobb, and I look for him to have a great year along with the rest of the team.

  24. bearshaterseverywhere says: Jun 25, 2014 3:40 PM

    He could be a #4 Receiver on the Bears, maybe #3, but that’s pushing it.

  25. tokyofilthblaster says: Jun 25, 2014 3:43 PM

    Randall is smiling because the Packers had just humiliated the Vikings by winning the season series for the 4th year in a row.

  26. whatjusthapped says: Jun 25, 2014 3:45 PM

    Love the Viking troll comments but they seem stuck on this injury prone theme and can’t come up with anything more creative.

    That’s the beauty of fiction writing, it doesn’t even have to be true. For a team that has won a total of ONE head to head game with the Packers in 4 years, I understand their frustration but vented on Cobb is hardly the solution. Try drafting a Franchise QB, that might help.

  27. themeccalambeaufield says: Jun 25, 2014 3:45 PM

    Gotta love the ingenuity with the annual offseason chest beating by the purple posters with the ever witty girl names and fat comments. It would be interesting to see the collective age of the posters because the only time I witness this personally is when I hear kids on the playground when I pick up my children. I guess when your team continually gets beat down once the season starts after a summer of boasting it gets pretty tough to find anything positive regarding your own team so you have to resort to insults, very petty

  28. cadillacjosh says: Jun 25, 2014 3:47 PM

    I feel like I must be in the absolute minority of NFC North fans after reading these comments.

    Randall Cobb is amazing, he can change a game with a Punt/Kick return or a single reception. I may be wrong on this, but I seem to remember him taking an end-around, he can change the game with one of those too. And clearly he has all the skill to be an amazing WR, it’s a shame he got his leg hurt like that.

    And for everyone that has said “The Packers will win the division easily” or a few people have suggested The Vikes will be much improved and trample “Erin” or the Detroit “Cryins” (seriously what is up with this word-play?) literally have must have never watched inter-divisional play. The NFC North typically always play really tough against each other, no matter the talent seperation.

    All of this comes as a Bears fan who is absolutely annoyed by the lack of respect people have for each other’s teams. If you think Aaron Rodgers isn’t good or Randall Cobb isn’t good, you’re dumb. And if you think someone will run away with the division, you’re a damn idiot.

  29. ariani1985 says: Jun 25, 2014 3:48 PM

    Lol think Rachael Cobb will stay healthy or will his little owie on his leg hurt? Maybe you shouldn’t be skipping mandatory mini camp for yoga!

  30. ariani1985 says: Jun 25, 2014 3:49 PM

    Come to the vikings, we would love to have you on the practice squad little Rachy!

  31. seapoeschl says: Jun 25, 2014 3:51 PM

    All you Vikings fans are right. 1 injury means the player is instantly injury prone. Does that mean AP is injury prone and worthless?

  32. deltaoracle says: Jun 25, 2014 4:05 PM

    Heidi fans should be busy praying that Harrison Smith has managed to recover from the ingrown toenail that sidelined him for the last half of the season.

  33. Aaron Rodgers Has Tiny Hands says: Jun 25, 2014 4:06 PM

    Randall Cobb is a good player. I’ve said many times that the Packers are very good at drafting wide receivers. That’s why they drafted three this year, so they would have a good chance of having at least one draft pick that isn’t a bust.

  34. fartweasel says: Jun 25, 2014 4:11 PM

    He should be in the Hall of Fame already. Best receiver on the planet. I plan to name my next two sons Randall and Cobb. They will sit at the kitchen table proudly eating Captain Crunch for supper with Brett, Clay and my little darlin daughter Erin.

  35. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Jun 25, 2014 4:14 PM

    Cobb is a stud. He can do it all. Run the ball out of the backfield, punt/kickoff returns and is a great route runner/pass catcher. Corduroy Patterson should never be used in the same sentence as Randall Cobb. Patterson is still trying to figure out how to run a full route tree after playing 2 years facing junior college competition. He’d be the #3 at best on the Packers but it’s likely that Donte Adams would also beat him out for that spot.

  36. whatthehellisgoingonoutthere says: Jun 25, 2014 4:20 PM

    I always laugh when I hear a Vikings fan talk about the Packers “horrible” defense over the last 3 years.

    The Packers horrible defense has allowed fewer points/game than the Vikings EVERY single year over the past 5 seasons. Suck on that for awhile Queenies.

  37. tokyofilthblaster says: Jun 25, 2014 4:21 PM

    I liked it when Cobb caught that bomb from Rodgers in the clutch against the Bears to clinch their 3rd straight division title, and earn their 5th straight playoff berth.

    The Packers.

    Better football for better people.

  38. lambeauphan says: Jun 25, 2014 4:30 PM

    packers might want to re-sign him before he leads the league in receiving and hits the open market….

  39. armoroff says: Jun 25, 2014 4:31 PM

    MN trolls down in their little holes making remarks about a player they wish was on the Queens because of their lack of talent. Until you get a real team why don’t you little trolls up in the Minny just shut up about other teams and players.

  40. thevikesarebest says: Jun 25, 2014 4:33 PM

    The vikings wrs laughs at u randy and the rest of the packs pathetic wr core.

  41. stellarperformance says: Jun 25, 2014 4:34 PM

    The Packers own the Vikings.

    Next.

  42. ariani1985 says: Jun 25, 2014 4:35 PM

    His first name should be corn!

  43. seapoeschl says: Jun 25, 2014 4:36 PM

    Vikings fans talk about Patterson like he is a clone of Calvin Johnson. Lets take a look at some stats from last year.

    Patterson: 16 Games 6 Starts
    45 REC 469 YDS 10.4 AVG 4TDs

    Cobb: 6 Games 4 Starts
    31 REC 433 YDS 14. AVG 4TDs

    Yup the “injury prone” Cobb was only had 36 less yards than the “all mighty” Patterson, and Patterson played 10 more games than Cobb…

  44. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Jun 25, 2014 4:43 PM

    I think Randle Cobb will be a great weapon for us again this year. But trying to diminish Cordarrel Patterson is just silly, I like watching both of them play.

  45. lnfinite says: Jun 25, 2014 4:48 PM

    Cobb was hurt before and will be again. Packers will be a last place team for years to come…

  46. bhinrichs9 says: Jun 25, 2014 4:49 PM

    I am a Vikings fan and most of these guys are idiots, but your dumb Packer buddies also go on Viking posts. It will never stop. Cobb could be a good receiver especially with Jordy on the other side. I think Jordy is the real receiver to talk about, it is very tough to bring that guy down.

  47. brockdrego says: Jun 25, 2014 4:58 PM

    Settle down VI queen fans….
    First..it was one of Ketchman’s readers that said Cobb would do this…not Ketch man himself..get it straight dude…
    Second…I don’t care about Cordarelle or Greg Jennings or Bridgewater…blah blah blah
    Third….as deep as their corps is…Cobb will snag 70 to 80 at best if healthy…

  48. ariani1985 says: Jun 25, 2014 5:03 PM

    NFC Playoff teams own the Packers

    NEXT

  49. easyeddie says: Jun 25, 2014 5:14 PM

    Two of the most immature fan bases — Packers and Vikings.

  50. GenXJay says: Jun 25, 2014 5:25 PM

    there’s no i in team. but somehow, the packers are full of ‘em.
    Let the schisms begin.

  51. vltrophy14 says: Jun 25, 2014 5:38 PM

    All these negative Nancy’s on here are jealous not only of the Packers but that the Super Bowl Trophy is named after one of OUR former head coaches

  52. stellarperformance says: Jun 25, 2014 5:49 PM

    The Packers play poker with their receivers……folding on expensive guys and holding the cheaper guys. They rely heavily on the ability of players “stepping up.” They have been fortunate that they have done just that.

    But you know what? Even if Cobb doesn’t live up to the hype, or gets injured, or whatever….they have other guys waiting in the wings for their chance……and they are also very good.

    No worries. Division Title #4 in a row coming right up.

  53. vikingspride says: Jun 25, 2014 6:10 PM

    Not to down play Cobbs abilities but the thought of any Packer leading the league in receptions seems crazy. Not because they are not good enough but because Rodgers will not key on just one receiver enough times for that to happen. The league leader will come from a team with one main target. Perhaps Megatron even though the lions got Golden Tate.

  54. shepwp1 says: Jun 25, 2014 6:17 PM

    I’m very disappointed in the comments, Packer and Vikings. Go ahead and tell me how good your team is gonna be, but don’t build your team up by tearing the other team down. A little maturity is in order here.

  55. gotdressedinabooth says: Jun 25, 2014 6:30 PM

    There are some haters in the house, my goodness. Cobb has real talent, injuries aren’t anything someone can necessarily prevent, so let’s be realistic. Dynamic talent no question, doubtful he’ll lead the league in receptions if Eddie Lacy can add to last years success. Jordy Nelson is still a part of that team and a viable no.1 option that could easily get 100 catches himself.

    Suppose it could be worse, like Browns’ worse..

  56. 1952vikefan says: Jun 25, 2014 6:44 PM

    that little guy will be lucky to last 8 games

  57. 1952vikefan says: Jun 25, 2014 6:45 PM

    once you have a bone broken in the NFL you basically have a bulls eye on your back Rogers Cobb

  58. rjhnyc52 says: Jun 25, 2014 6:51 PM

    I have to laugh at all the vikings putting down the Packers and their players…since the Vikings haven’t won a darn thing in their history….!

  59. countyk66ers says: Jun 25, 2014 6:55 PM

    The Packer coaching staff have no expectations for next season. They take one game at a time.

  60. luccabrazzi says: Jun 25, 2014 6:59 PM

    He’s an electric playmaker. Hope to see him do well.

  61. taintedsaints2009 says: Jun 25, 2014 7:09 PM

    it’s not like he is injury prone.

    he took a cheap shot last year as a result of
    1: a safety that doesn’t know how to tackle properly.

    2: league rules that cause guys like that ravens safety to tackle even more improperly and dangerously cause they aim low.

  62. rosstuckershair says: Jun 25, 2014 7:20 PM

    All these negative Nancy’s on here are jealous not only of the Packers but that the Super Bowl Trophy is named after one of OUR former head coaches……………………….

    When the team is in the league for 150 years, something has to happen..

  63. jimthebuilder27 says: Jun 25, 2014 8:00 PM

    Vikings fans are getting ready for their Super Bowl, which is beating the Packers! Our goal is to actually win the Super Bowl!

  64. jimthebuilder27 says: Jun 25, 2014 8:01 PM

    So if Rogers and Cobb are injury prone because of 1 injury, the beloved Adrian Peterson is an injury waiting to happen!

  65. officialgame says: Jun 25, 2014 8:25 PM

    Who is Vic Ketchman?

  66. immafubared says: Jun 25, 2014 8:30 PM

    Here’s the deal on Cobb. Smallish and frail. One good hit, out for a long time. Just like a lot of small fast guys the hits take their toll.

  67. immafubared says: Jun 25, 2014 8:32 PM

    I bet Cobb gets his bell rung at Seattle and misses at least five days.

  68. veence69 says: Jun 25, 2014 9:09 PM

    This is the 3rd straight off season I have read this headline..

  69. gojags says: Jun 25, 2014 9:45 PM

    Vic Ketchman also predicted former Jags GM Gene is the world’s best GM. We all know what happened on that.

  70. purplezimmerpride says: Jun 25, 2014 10:02 PM

    When a team is in the league for 54 years sometimes you still end up with the NFC North’s worst defense… and offense too. Not much else sorry to say

  71. preseasonchamps08 says: Jun 25, 2014 10:07 PM

    Wow, as a Lions fan, I must say Cobb is a beast and Rodgers is the best QB on the planet. The Packers are far and away NFC North favorites and the Queens are far and away last place favorites. Teddy Bridgewater? Really? Matt Cassel? Really? I get it, the Lions suck, but let’s have some objectivity.

  72. Jeff says: Jun 25, 2014 10:40 PM

    Its Aaron not Erin!!! Cobb may not lead the league this year but he will be a main factor when slaughtering the Vikings and the Bears :)

  73. packsoldier says: Jun 25, 2014 10:46 PM

    The Vikings have been in the league for 50 years and NOTHING has ever happened.

  74. packersarethebest says: Jun 25, 2014 11:31 PM

    My pack is going to kill it this year!

  75. vincepapale says: Jun 26, 2014 12:41 AM

    Lmao Vikings fans are crazy. Y’all are in about the bottom 4 teams on chances to win a Super Bowl

  76. bdfun400 says: Jun 26, 2014 8:18 AM

    the same people that are calling cobb injury-prone or frail are the same idiots in purple that were saying the same things about jennings not too long ago..

    then the packers retirement home scooped him up and it was the usual nonsense of claims that the packers were headed for the bottom and the vikings were , in fact, going to win the(ir first) superbowl.

    then the regular season happened.

  77. fdromanowski says: Jun 26, 2014 8:19 AM

    I feel like I must be in the absolute minority of NFC North fans after reading these comments.

    Randall Cobb is amazing, he can change a game with a Punt/Kick return or a single reception. I may be wrong on this, but I seem to remember him taking an end-around, he can change the game with one of those too. And clearly he has all the skill to be an amazing WR, it’s a shame he got his leg hurt like that.

    And for everyone that has said “The Packers will win the division easily” or a few people have suggested The Vikes will be much improved and trample “Erin” or the Detroit “Cryins” (seriously what is up with this word-play?) literally have must have never watched inter-divisional play. The NFC North typically always play really tough against each other, no matter the talent seperation.

    Cadillacjosh said, “All of this comes as a Bears fan who is absolutely annoyed by the lack of respect people have for each other’s teams. If you think Aaron Rodgers isn’t good or Randall Cobb isn’t good, you’re dumb. And if you think someone will run away with the division, you’re a damn idiot.”
    As a Packers fan, I agree. The division title always seems to come down to the Packers and Bears, with the Lions and Vikings scrapping it out for a close 3rd and often distant 4th.

  78. immafubared says: Jun 26, 2014 9:48 AM

    My take. The Packers are probably a better team than last year. Their problem. The Lions, Vikes and Bears are also better. The Packers won squeakers last year. If they come close but no cigar this year, they could miss the playoffs.
    I still see a weak defense. No real playmakers. Mathews is becoming Mr busts. Even die hard loyal fans are tired of his oft injured situation. He doesn’t just miss a game here and there its gamesssssssss.
    They passed on Allen and that was a big mistake and took a much older beaten down Peppers. Worse they are trying to play him in a new position he is not cut out for.
    This is sounding more like a cluster f to me. The defense will lose games for this team.

  79. Norseman says: Jun 26, 2014 9:57 AM

    I would imagine Cobb will get more catches this year, if he remains healthy. It’s pretty much down to Nelson and Cobb for receivers in GB, so it stands to reason Cobb will benefit from that.

    Not sure that will lead to a better offense though, either in production or scoring.

    All the other teams in the NFC North have done more to improve their teams this off-season compared to the Packers, who have lost more than they’ve gained the past few years due to injury losses and salary cap issues.

    Rodgers always makes the Packers competitive in a QB-driven league, but the rest of the team is a liability.

  80. stellarperformance says: Jun 26, 2014 12:34 PM

    The entire Packer team is the best in the North Division. And right now, with a strong year under their belts, I would make the same statement if Flynn or Tolzien was the QB.

  81. jenscornell34 says: Jun 26, 2014 3:33 PM

    I don’t understand how you think Cobb is so “injury prone.” If you watched the game tape on his injury, you will see a Ravens defender lunge towards Cobb’s shins for the tackle. It was just bad luck, wrong place, wrong time kind of thing. And that’s about all the Vikings fans can hope for…an injured Packer. I have lots of Vikings fan friends and they always say, “Oh, Rodgers is gonna get hurt, or Cobb, or Clay, whoever it may be. Wouldn’t you want to beat the best when they are at their best? Isn’t that a more satisfying victory? Wishing for injuries to a player is just wrong, man up Vikings fans. I personally love going against Peterson and company and if the Packers kick the Vikings asses without their star guy, I don’t feel as good about the victory, it is much for fufilling to me to beat a team at their best. Vikings will improve this year, Spielman has done an excellent job finding talent in the drafts, doing much better than the days of Troy Williamson, Erasumus James, Christian Ponder…and so on. They will be an improved team, can’t wait for the matchups this year, gonna be exciting. I hope all the Vikings players stay healthy so the Pack can kick their asses and I don’t have to hear the whining about “If we had AP we would have crushed you.” Or the playoff matchup couple years back, “If we had Ponder, we would have crushed you.” Please….just please.

  82. teresaniebur says: Jun 30, 2014 9:08 AM

    Randall Cobb is legit. He will get his ring with the Pack. Just gotta keep stretching those hamstrings at Yoga class, boys.

  83. Jeff says: Jul 17, 2014 1:09 PM

    I myself am a human being before a devoted fan so wishing harm to any person just shows what kind of character you really are as a human. I pray every sunday at the beginning of the day an in it will be that EVERY NFL player that day have a safe game without injuries. Come on people wake up and take a long look at what you are wishing for before writing it down for everyone to read. With that said the Pack will not only win the NFC North again this year they will do it with a sweep of each team :)

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