Friday, April 29, 2011
Packers get richer with Randall Cobb
By Kevin Seifert
We've spent some time discussing the Green Bay Packers' future at receiver as James Jones approaches free agency. Normally, a team that features Greg Jennings, Donald Driver and Jordy Nelson wouldn't consider receiver a priority, but the possible departure of Jones and Driver's age (36) made it a position of (some) need.
Enter Randall Cobb, a 5-foot-10 playmaker who will have a chance to develop in the Packers offense but who ultimately should provide them a unique presence in multiple spots. He might even be the punt and/or kickoff returner the Packers lacked last season.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy runs plenty of four- and even five-receiver sets, making receiver depth more important than for most teams. I imagine McCarthy is already thinking of the possibilities for Cobb, who played both running back and receiver for Kentucky.
Last season, in fact, Cobb averaged 7.7 yards per carry in the running game (55 carries for 424 yards) and also caught 84 passes for 1,017 yards. He accounted for a total of 12 touchdowns. If you're thinking he is a smaller version of Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin, you would be on to something. Cobb also returned two punts for touchdowns in his career and averaged 24.6 yards on kickoff returns.
Right after the pick, I got an email from an avid reader we'll call John B.
"Just what the Packers need," the email read. "Another receiver."
That about covers it. The rich got richer Friday night.