Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Defense worries about Cobb
By Matt Ehalt
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Packers do-it-all receiver Randall Cobb, who has become a threat as a receiver, runner and returner, has caught the Giants eyes as they prepare for Sunday's showdown. While the Packers have plenty of veteran play makers, the Giants all complimented and spoke highly of the second-year receiver.
"He's one of their best players on offense, if not their best player besides Aaron Rodgers," Giants safety Kenny Phillips said. "He's a dynamic player, we know that. Whenever he's in the backfield we have to get as many people to the ball as we can."
The Packers offense is synonymous with receivers like Greg Jennings and Donald Driver, but Cobb has emerged as the most dangerous weapon. It's his versatility and his home run speed that has made him such a threat this year and has caused problems for opposing defenses.
"A punt returner, kick returner, leading receiver, he runs the ball out of the backfield, shovel pass, he's kind of done everything," Giants linebacker Chase Blackburn said. "He's a screen guy. He's a very gifted athlete and they're going to try to put the ball in hands."
Cobb leads the Packers in catches (54), and is second in receiving yards (574) and touchdowns (seven) while scoring in five of the past six games. His season-high in receiving yards is just 102, but Cobb has caught at least seven passes in half of the team's game.
Cobb has been effective running the ball as he has rushed eight times for 115 yards, with six first downs. He's averaging 14.4 yards when he rushes the ball, which he's done in five games.
In the return game, Cobb is perhaps more dangerous. He's returned 19 punts for 211 yards and a touchdown, and has 24 kickoff returns for 627 yards (26.1 yards average). He's a player the Giants defense and special teams will have to account for at all times.
"Randall Cobb is a very explosive player, a very gifted player. You can put him at multiple positions: returner, receiver, he can line up in the backfield. He is a guy that is definitely peaking right now," Giants safety Antrel Rolle said. "They have multiple receivers and tight ends. With Aaron Rodgers throwing the ball, it doesn’t make it any easier."