Over the past few seasons, the Green Bay Packers never really knew who their offensive leader was going to be, scoring wise. All three of their starting wide outs have led the team in touchdowns: Greg Jennings (Now with the Minnesota Vikings), Jordy Nelson and James Jones. This year, the Packers may have yet another new face in that category.
Bursting onto the scene over the past two seasons, Randall Cobb has surprised many as he made the transition from a college quarterback to an NFL wide receiver and kick returner. Cobb has speed that kills and a younger Devin Hester type of agility. In a high-octane offense, he is the perfect weapon for quarterback Aaron Rodgers to utilize all over the field.
With much of the attention now on Nelson and Jones as Rodgers’ one-two punch, Cobb still seems to fly under the radar of most opposing defenses and rightfully so. Nelson is a big body with great speed and leaping skills. Jones is more of an all-around skilled receiver who has many of the intangibles mastered. This leaves the gate wide open, for now, for Cobb to continue to shock and surprise.
This season, I would venture to say that Cobb will continue to do so and even so after defenses decide to focus more on him. He is turning into one of the more un-coverable guys in the league who presents all types of matchup issues.
The Packers can line him up in the backfield in a multitude of ways. He can be a halfback at times or even a slot back. If they want him to line up in the slot, he knows his role. If they line him up outside, he can run a reverse or even catch an occasional one-on-one coverage and use pure speed to make a play down field. They may even utilize him more in a wildcat formation. Cobb is the epitome of versatile.
Because of his versatility and rare set of skills, Cobb could very well lead this offense in touchdowns. At the moment, many fans may disagree unless they follow Green Bay extensively, and that is fine. Cobb is still proving himself at the professional level. He’s got much to learn; but at the same time, he has much to offer. Look for Rodgers to hook up with this speed demon more often than not, come September.