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Randall Cobb

Green Bay Packers
Wide Receiver #18
Green Bay Packers
Wide Receiver #18
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Randall Cobb News

Comes up with three catches

Cobb was targeted three times and caught three passes for 26 yards in Monday's 35-17 victory over the Lions.

Analysis: Cobb did not do much for fantasy players Monday night, but he was at least more involved after catching one pass in Week 1, and with that coming from the hand of backup Jordan Love. Cobb remains one of the receivers starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers trusts most, but he has not not had many chances to make an impact early on, playing fewer than 25 percent of the snaps through two games.

Sep 21, 2021 8:05 AM EST

Limited role in opener

Cobb caught the lone pass thrown his direction and tallied one reception for 32 yards in Sunday's 38-3 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Cobb was reacquired by the Packers over the offseason to give quarterback Aaron Rodgers another trusty option in the passing game, but Rodgers did not throw even one pass his way in Week 1, and Cobb did not get on the board until backup Jordan Love entered the game. The 15 snaps Cobb played Sunday tied him with Amari Rodgers and Malik Taylor for fourth among the Packers' six wideouts, but they were far fewer than 36 racked up by the receiver who finished third, Marquez Valdes-Scantling.

Sep 13, 2021 10:20 AM EST

Will not see action Saturday

Cobb will not play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Texans, Rob Demovsky of reports.

Analysis: Cobb could have played Saturday if the Packers wanted to get him some live reps in head coach Matt LaFleur's system, but it was decided that was not worth the risk of an injury. Cobb and starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers spent eight seasons together earlier in their careers, so don't expect chemistry to be an issue between the two.

Aug 14, 2021 4:59 PM EST

Dealt for sixth-rounder

The Texans are set to trade Cobb to the Packers for a 2022 sixth-round draft pick, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: The report also notes that Houston is expected to pay $3 million of Cobb's salary in order to facilitate the trade. Cobb, who turns 31 next month, is coming off a 2020 season in which he caught 38 passes on 48 targets for 441 yards and three TDs in 10 games with the Texans. While those numbers aren't eye-popping, the 2011 Green Bay second-rounder now looks like a bounce back candidate in 2021, considering that he'll once again be catching passes from quarterback Aaron Rodgers.

Jul 28, 2021 1:48 PM EST

Headed back to Green Bay soon

The Packers are finalizing a trade to acquire Cobb from the Texans, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: Green Bay will need to clear out some cap space before the deal becomes official, making room for Cobb's guaranteed $8.25 million base salary. It is possible he'll renegotiate his contract as part of the deal, with the veteran slot receiver seemingly pleased to return to Green Bay. A trade should happen at some point within the next few days, reuniting Cobb with QB Aaron Rodgers.

Jul 28, 2021 7:58 AM EST

Headed to Green Bay?

The Packers are working on a trade to acquire Cobb from the Texans, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Cobb turns 31 in August and has a guaranteed $8.25 million base salary this season, so any trade likely will involve a pay cut or some other form of contract renegotiation. If the Packers do in fact trade for Cobb, he'll presumably get most of the slot reps in three-wide formations, dampening the fantasy outlook for all of Allen Lazard, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Amari Rodgers. Meanwhile, the Texans would be left with Keke Coutee and recent trade acquisition Anthony Miller competing for slot snaps.

Jul 27, 2021 12:10 PM EST

Salary could prevent trade

Cobb will cost $8.47 million against the 2021 salary cap if the Packers or another team trades for him under the terms of his current contract, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Analysis: PFN's Trey Wingo sparked rumors of a Cobb/Packers reunion with his suggestion Monday that QB Aaron Rodgers' return to the team might hinge on such an acquisition. (Rodgers has since reported to training camp.) While it's unlikely a Cobb trade would actually be a make-or-break issue, it is possible Rodgers asked the team to make it happen. The Texans have two other slot receivers with significant NFL experience in Keke Coutee and Anthony Miller -- the latter being a recent trade addition and a 2018 second-round pick. Cobb's guaranteed $8.25 million base salary makes things tricky, but the Texans would be foolish not to at least listen to offers for the soon-to-be 31-year-old.

Jul 27, 2021 9:41 AM EST

Role, roster status uncertain

Cobb enters offseason training as one of three returning members of the 2020 wideout group.

Analysis: Cobb joins Brandin Cooks and Keke Coutee as incumbent wide receivers for the Texans, who brought in several veterans to compete for jobs in what is expected to be an overhauled passing offense. For starters, quarterback Deshaun Watson is not expected to be around due to his off-field legal entanglements. They also let Will Fuller walk, leaving Cooks as the lone member with an assured role. Cobb is a slot receiver, so he's unlikely to line up opposite Cooks if he's still around come September. That means he and Coutee will compete for the third wideout job during training camp. One thing to consider is that Cobb carries the largest cap hit ($10.4 million) among the receiving corps, which could be an albatross the rebuilding Texans don't want. It was notable that Houston didn't try to restructure the deal.

May 31, 2021 11:04 AM EST

Unlikely to return this season

Interim coach Romeo Crennel said Monday that there is "a good possibility" Cobb (toe) will not return in 2020, Sarah Barshop of reports.

Analysis: Cobb was placed on IR shortly after injuring his toe Week 11, and Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports that the veteran slot man could require offseason surgery. If it's indeed deemed that Cobb isn't fit to return for the Texans' final three games, Keke Coutee and Chad Hansen will stand to continue seeing increased playing time. The 30-year-old is under contract with the Texans for 2021, after which point the team has a potential out with only $2 million in dead money.

Dec 14, 2020 8:55 AM EST

Contemplates not returning

Cobb (toe) awaits further medical information and is considering not playing again in 2020, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Cobb remains in a medical boot for the injured toe suffered Week 11 against New England and is evaluating whether it makes sense for him to play again. The receiver awaits a doctor's recommendation, due next week, whether Cobb should undergo surgery, allow it to heal without surgery and not play again this season, or rehabilitate the toe and attempt to play. If Cobb opts to play again, Keke Coutee and Chad Hansen would be the primary beneficiaries.

Dec 13, 2020 8:31 AM EST

Lands on IR

Cobb (toe) has been placed on IR.

Analysis: With Cobb on IR and set to miss at least three game and Kenny Stills (quadriceps) ruled out for Thursday's game against the Lions, look for Keke Coutee to see an uptick in playing time as the Texans' No. 3 receiver behind Will Fuller and Brandin Cooks.

Nov 25, 2020 2:40 PM EST

Wants second opinion

Cobb (toe) is seeking a second medical opinion, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Cobb has been ruled out of Thursday's game against the Lions, but he's not accepting the initial diagnosis of a season-ending injury until he hears from a second doctor. Cobb was injured early in Sunday's win over New England and replaced by Keke Coutee, who caught his first touchdown of the season.

Nov 24, 2020 4:53 AM EST

Could hit IR

Cobb (toe) is in danger of being placed on injured reserve, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Cobb is expected to miss at least Thursday's game against the Lions due to the severity of his toe issue, and being placed on IR would rule him out for a minimum of two additional weeks. An absence of any length for the veteran slot man could open up additional playing time for Keke Coutee, who scored his first TD of the season during Sunday's 27-20 win over the Patriots.

Nov 23, 2020 8:52 AM EST

Expected to sit Week 12

Cobb (foot) is expected to sit out Thursday's game against the Lions, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Cobb had an MRI on his foot Sunday, and the results suggest the veteran slot receiver will likely miss his team's Week 12 tilt. Keke Coutee, who scored a touchdown after Cobb's departure in Sunday's win over the Patriots, will fill in for Cobb in the slot. Fellow Texans wideout Kenny Stills (quadriceps) got more encouraging news, as he hasn't been ruled out for his team's Thanksgiving Day tilt.

Nov 22, 2020 5:24 PM EST

Has MRI performed

Cobb underwent an MRI on the foot injury he suffered during Sunday's 27-20 win against the Patriots, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Cobb didn't return to the field after recording a three-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Kenny Stills (leg) also had an MRI, so the Texans receiving corps will be one to monitor in the coming days to see if absences are on the horizon.

Nov 22, 2020 3:52 PM EST

Done for the day

Cobb (foot) won't return to Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Analysis: With Kenny Stills (leg) also injured Sunday, Keke Coutee is in line for added looks in the Texans' Week 11 passing game alongside Brandin Cooks and Will Fuller.

Nov 22, 2020 11:54 AM EST

Injures foot Sunday

Cobb suffered a foot injury during Sunday's game against the Patriots.

Analysis: Cobb was targeted twice before his departure, with the final one and three-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter. That said, he came up hobbling at the end of the play and now is deemed questionable to return. If Cobb is unable to come back Sunday, Kenny Stills and perhaps even Keke Coutee will be in line for additional work.

Nov 22, 2020 10:34 AM EST

Leads in receiving yards

Cobb caught three of five targets for a team-high 41 yards in Sunday's 10-7 loss to Cleveland.

Analysis: Cobb finished third in targets and catches behind Brandin Cooks and Will Fuller on a rainy, windy day in Cleveland that put a cap on downfield passing. No wide receiver on either team crossed the 50-yard mark.

Nov 16, 2020 5:30 AM EST

Fifth in targets

Cobb caught all three of his targets for 21 yards in Sunday's 27-25 win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: One game after leading the Texans in targets, Cobb was tied for fifth with Darren Fells in chances Sunday. He leads Houston's wideouts with an 80.5 catch percentage, but Cobb doesn't get much use on a week-to-week basis. The slot receiver has finished under 50 yards in five of eight games in 2020.

Nov 9, 2020 4:52 AM EST

Returns to work

Cobb (illness) returned to practice as a full participant Thursday.

Analysis: Cobb looks like he'll be good to go for Sunday's game at Jacksonville after the illness sidelined him during Wednesday's practice. The 30-year-old was one of several Houston receivers whose named popped up in trade rumors prior to Tuesday's deadline, but the team's wideout corps ultimately remained intact. So long as he stays healthy, expect Cobb to operate as the Texans' top option out of the slot for the remainder of the season.

Nov 5, 2020 2:30 PM EST

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