The Green Bay Packers‘ Randall Cobb suffered an ankle injury on a punt return, in the win against the Tennessee Titans. At the moment it looks like Cobbs injury isn’t anything serious, thankfully. There is no word on his availability for Sundays match up against the Minnesota Vikings, but I’m worried about his availability for the Playoffs.
After Sundays game QB Aaron Rodgers had this to say about Cobbs’ workload:
“I hope we can get him off special teams soon.”
Head coach Mike McCarthy didn’t like that idea, and feels Cobb is a piece this team needs in every facet. It’s apparent he won’t be coming off special teams any time soon and I agree with that. Injuries can happen at any point. Cobb is actually more likely to get hurt on offense going across the middle, or running into a pile of players trying to gain yardage. Cobb is the type of player who can make people miss in space, and there’s no where better to make that happen than on kick and punt returns.
In the playoffs, field position is going to be huge. Cobb can change field position at the drop of a hat, so he’ll be needed. I understand where Rodgers is coming from; he doesn’t want his favorite option to be sidelined. But it would be a detriment to the team if they played scared.
Last weekend, Cobb set the Packers record for all-purpose yards. He wouldn’t have been able to do this if he didn’t fill the various roles. I actually hope we see more of Cobb in different situations. I also feel with Jordy Nelson coming back the receiver’s will all be at full health. This gives room for Cobb to rest, and move around so he doesn’t have to be the number 1 option consistently.
It’ll be interesting to see what the Packers do with Cobb, but now isn’t the time to play it safe.
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