The Green Bay Packers found a new star in their offense this season with wide receiver Randall Cobb. The second-year receiver out of Kentucky was primarily a kick/punt returner during his rookie season, but found a bigger role in the offense this year with the injuries at the wide receiver position.
To open the season, Cobb was a slot receiver who would be splitting time with James Jones, while Jordy Nelson and Greg Jennings would continue to be the starters. However, after Jennings injured his groin in Week 1, Cobb immediately saw more playing time and took full advantage of it. Cobb quickly developed chemistry with quarterback Aaron Rodgers as the star quarterback completed 77 percent of his passes thrown to Cobb, which was the second-best completion percentage among quarterback and wide receiver duos.
Cobb finished the season with a team and career high 80 catches for 954 yards and finished second on the team in receiving touchdowns with eight. In a year where the Packers were constantly battling injuries, Cobb played in 15 of the team’s 16 games, only missing the regular season finale due to a sprained ankle.
Not only was Cobb a durable receiver this season, he also remained a key part of Green Bay’s special teams as he was still the punt returner and kick returner for a majority of the year. His stats are virtually the same in his two years returning kicks. In his rookie year he finished with 295 yards on punt returns with one touchdown. This season he finished with 292 yards and a touchdown. Cobb didn’t get a kick return touchdown this season, but he was very effective at giving the Packers excellent field position.
With Jennings possibly not returning next season, Cobb looks to be the future number one receiver with the Packers organization for years to come. He has shown the ability to be a playmaker for this team in multiple ways and has the chemistry with Rodgers to be a top receiver on this team. The only question remains is if head coach Mike McCarthy will continue to use Cobb on special teams. His ankle injury this year came on a punt return and it made coach McCarthy think about what he will do next season.
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