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February

Packers Randall Cobb: 2012 Player Evaluation and Report Card

1) Introduction: In the first game of his NFL career last season, Randall Cobb burst onto the scene with two touchdowns against the New Orleans Saints. He proved to be a dynamic kick returner with seemingly limitless potential. But with wide receiver being one of the Packers’ deepest positions, it was unknown just how many opportunities Cobb would get to prove his worth.

2) Profile:

Randall Ladonald Cobb II

  • Age: 22
  • Born: 08/22/1990, in Maryville, TN
  • Height: 5’10″
  • Weight: 192
  • College: Kentucky
  • Rookie Year: 2011
  • NFL Experience: 2 years

 Career stats and more:

3) Expectations coming into the season: Last summer, Cobb was clearly behind Jennings and Nelson in the pecking order at wide receiver. But it became evident early in training camp that the Packers had big plans for the second-year player. Cobb lined up inside, outside and even in the backfield, in hopes of getting him into the open field more often. But still, playing behind Jennings

4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Cobb led the team with 80 catches and 954 receiving yards this season and likely would have surpassed 1,000 if he hadn’t missed the Packers’ week 17 game at Minnesota. He caught at least six passes in eight out of the 15 games he played, with his biggest game coming at Minnesota in week 15. Against the Bears, Cobb racked up 115 yards on six catches, helping the Packers win the NFC North title. His least effective game of the season was in week three at Seattle, in which he caught just one pass for a one-yard loss.

5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Jones was the biggest success story among the wide receivers, but Cobb was probably the most crucial to the team’s overall success. With Jennings out of the lineup for half the season, Cobb emerged as the team’s go-to playmaker in the slot. On top of Cobb making plays as a wide receiver, he averaged 13.2 yards on ten carries in the regular season.

6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: After suffering an ankle injury in week 16, Cobb missed the regular-season finale and didn’t make a significant impact in the playoffs. Cobb was targeted just twice against the Vikings, catching one pass for seven yards. The San Francisco 49ers game-planned to stop Cobb and held him to just 26 yards on five catches.

Season Report Card:

(A) Level of expectations met during the season