Randall Cobb

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

Reduces cap hit for 2022

The Packers and Cobb agreed to a restructure of his contract Wednesday, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Analysis: The status of Cobb likely was tied to Aaron Rodgers' decision, and once the latter opted to return and signed an extension, some maneuvering was required to get the Packers below the salary cap. According to Silverstein, Cobb's salary has been reduced from $8.5 million to $3 million for the upcoming season. Now that he's sticking in Green Bay for a 10th campaign, Cobb will look to build upon the 28-375-5 line he put together on 39 targets across 12 games in 2021.

Mar 16, 2022 5:52 PM EST

Effective in injury-shortened season

Cobb was targeted 39 times and caught 28 passes for 375 yards and five touchdowns over 12 appearances in the 2021 season.

Analysis: Cobb rejoined the Packers in July after spending two seasons elsewhere, and he filled a rotational yet key role over the first 12 weeks of the campaign, finding the end zone more often than he did in any of the previous five seasons and averaging a respectable 13.4 yards per reception. However, a groin injury cost him the final six weeks of the regular season and he was targeted only once in the Packers' divisional-round loss to the 49ers. He could remain with the Packers if quarterback Aaron Rodgers remains with Green Bay, but if Rodgers departs, Cobb presumably will as well.

Jan 31, 2022 7:25 AM EST

Comes off injured reserve

The Packers activated Cobb (groin) from injured reserve Thursday.

Analysis: Cobb underwent core muscle surgery during the Packers' Week 13 bye and missed the rest of the regular season. With the benefit of a first-round bye in the playoffs, his time away from the field will end at five games as he prepares for a return for Saturday's divisional-round matchup with the 49ers. Green Bay has listed Marquez Valdes-Scantling (back) as doubtful to play this weekend, so Cobb should jump back into three-wide sets with Davante Adams and Allen Lazard.

Jan 20, 2022 1:42 PM EST

Gets green light for Saturday

Coach Matt LaFleur said Wednesday that Cobb (groin) will return for Saturday's game against the 49ers, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Cobb had surgery in early December and missed the final five weeks of the regular season, but he did have some impact before the injury, catching 28 of 39 targets for 375 yards and five touchdowns in 12 games. After opening the year as Green Bay's No. 4 receiver, he ended up in something closer to rotation with Marquez Valdes-Scantling (back) and Allen Lazard (all behind No. 1 Davante Adams, of course). It's hard to say how snaps will be divided between Cobb, MVS and Lazard this Saturday, but it does at least seem all four should be available, with LaFleur green-lighting Cobb one day after Valdes-Scantling returned to practice.

Jan 19, 2022 10:01 AM EST

Remains out for Week 18

Cobb (groin) will not play Sunday against the Lions, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Packers designated Cobb to return from injured reserve in late December, but he did not play in the team's Week 17 win over the Vikings and will not play this week, either, as head coach Matt LaFleur believes two more weeks of rest are in Cobb's best interest. Barring any setbacks, expect Cobb to be back on the field for the Packers' Divisional Round game on Jan. 22 or Jan. 23.

Jan 7, 2022 1:00 PM EST

Not ready to return this week

Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said Friday that Cobb (groin) is "a little ways away from returning," implying that the wide receiver won't be activated from injured reserve in advance of Sunday's game against the Vikings, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: That being said, Cobb has made good progress in his recovery from the core-muscle surgery he underwent in the first week of December, as was made clear by the Packers' decision Thursday to clear him to resume practicing. Cobb looks like he'll need more practice time to prove he's back to 100 percent, but it's not out of the question for him to be added back to the 53-man roster ahead of the Jan. 9 regular-season finale versus the 2-12-1 Lions. If they can beat Minnesota this weekend, however, the Packers might be more inclined to wait until the postseason to activate Cobb; Green Bay would be in the driver's seat for the NFC's No. 1 overall seed with a Week 17 win and would be heavy favorites to beat the lowly Lions with or without the veteran slot man.

Dec 31, 2021 1:02 PM EST

Designated for return

Cobb (core) returned to practice Thursday, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Packers thus have designated Cobb for return from injured reserve. The 11th-year wide receiver underwent core muscle surgery during the Packers' Week 13 bye, missing the past three games. He now has a 21-day window in which to prove his health, but it remains to be seen if he'll be able to do enough to return to the active roster in time for Sunday's game against the Vikings.

Dec 30, 2021 10:57 AM EST

Placed on injured reserve

Cobb (groin) was placed on injured reserve Saturday.

Analysis: This was the next logical step for the Packers after Cobb underwent core muscle surgery last week that is expected to keep him out for a significant amount of time. This move will force Cobb to miss at least the next three weeks, at which point he will be able to return to practice for a 21-day window before the team must activate him back to the 53-man roster. The veteran wideout, whom the Packers traded a sixth-round pick to the Texans to acquire, suffered the injury in the team's Week 12 win over the Rams. Cobb is currently the team's third-leading receiver with 28 receptions and 375 receiving yards on 39 targets (also tied for third-most on the team). Cobb's absence should open up more opportunities for wide receivers Allen Lazard and Equanimeous St. Brown out of the slot.

Dec 11, 2021 2:23 PM EST

Recovering from core muscle surgery

Cobb underwent core muscle surgery last week with the hope he'll recover in time for the postseason, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Cobb exited the Packers' last game Week 12 against the Rams with what was termed a groin issue. With the benefit of a bye, the Packers weren't required to disclose any details of the injury until this week, but coach Matt LaFleur touched on Cobb on Thursday, stating the veteran wide receiver "is going to be out for awhile. He had a pretty significant injury." Cobb seems poised to land on injured reserve in due time, but the team may wait to make the transaction official until he's well into his rehab, considering the 21-day practice window aspect once the team designates him for return.

Dec 9, 2021 7:08 PM EST

Slated to miss time

Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said Thursday that Cobb is "going to be out for a while" due to the core muscle injury he sustained in Green Bay's Week 12 win over the Rams, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

Analysis: Even with the benefit of a Week 13 bye, Cobb doesn't seem to have made much progress in his recovery from what LaFleur termed as a "pretty significant" injury. Cobb hasn't resumed practicing and looks like he can safely be ruled out for Sunday's game against the Bears, and his status beyond Week 14 looks murky as well. However long Cobb is sidelined, more reps should be available for Allen Lazard and Marquez Valdes-Scantling alongside No. 1 wideout Davante Adams.

Dec 9, 2021 10:06 AM EST

Not practicing

Cobb (groin) isn't practicing Wednesday, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: It's not a good sign after a bye week, with Cobb having injured his groin in a Week 12 win over the Rams. He caught four passes for 95 yards and a touchdown in the first half of that contest, while his absence in the second half left more snaps for Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Allen Lazard. Given the Packers' reliance on three/four-wide sets since TE Robert Tonyan's season-ending knee injury, a Cobb absence for Sunday night's game against Chicago would all but ensure hefty snaps counts for both MVS and Lazard.

Dec 8, 2021 10:58 AM EST

Ruled out with injury

Cobb suffered a groin injury in the first half of Sunday's game against the Rams and has been ruled out for the remainder of the game, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Cobb had a huge first half, but as a result of his injury he will not be able to add to the four receptions, 95 yards and the touchdown he recorded over the first two quarters.

Nov 28, 2021 3:16 PM EST

Limited opportunities in loss

Cobb was targeted twice and caught one pass for 15 yards in Sunday's 34-31 loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: Cobb moved up a notch in the pecking order for Week 11 with fellow wideout Allen Lazard (shoulder) sidelined, and he was on the field for a season-high 76 percent of the plays run by the Packers' offense. However, his opportunities to contribute were minimal, as he drew just two of the Packers' 31 targets on the day. Cobb played at least 62.3 percent of the snaps in four of the Packers' five games and scored twice -- with both coming in the same game -- during that span, but he also averaged just 2.6 receptions and 24.6 yards per contest.

Nov 22, 2021 10:00 AM EST

Catches three passes

Cobb caught three passes for 21 yards on four targets against Seattle on Sunday.

Analysis: Cobb's four targets tied Allen Lazard and outpaced Marquez Valdes-Scantling (two) while each of the trio were far behind WR1 Davante Adams (11). Cobb is dependent on slot snaps and, particularly with Valdes-Scantling back from injury, that leaves Cobb in contention with Lazard for snaps. There's a spot for each of Cobb, Lazard and Valdes-Scantling in the Green Bay offense, but for fantasy investors it's more difficult to make room in the starting lineup for a secondary receiver like Cobb.

Nov 14, 2021 6:12 PM EST

Leads team in receiving yards

Cobb caught three passes for 50 yards on five targets against Kansas City on Sunday.

Analysis: Cobb's box score was mostly propelled by a 35-yard reception on a somewhat improvised throw from Jordan Love, which marked the longest play of the day for the Packers offense. It was encouraging to see Cobb show that in-play adjustment ability much like he does with starter Aaron Rodgers (COVID), yet the five targets on 34 pass attempts is a reminder that Cobb's role is that of a glue guy rather than a featured component of the Green Bay offense. It's not clear whether the Packers will get Rodgers back for their home game against Seattle in Week 10.

Nov 7, 2021 6:34 PM EST

Pair of scoring grabs in win

Cobb brought in three of five targets for 15 yards and two touchdowns in the Packers' 24-21 win over the Cardinals on Thursday.

Analysis: The veteran slot man was filling the role of de facto No. 1 receiver for Aaron Rodgers on Thursday, and although he couldn't do much in the yardage department, he delivered for fantasy managers with touchdown grabs of two and six yards in the second half. Cobb hadn't been in the end zone since Week 4, when he'd recorded his first two scores of the campaign versus the Steelers. Cobb now has back-to-back three-catch efforts, but his role could diminish in a Week 9 road battle against the Chiefs a week from Sunday if both Davante Adams and Allen Lazard clear COVID-19 protocols in time for that contest, as expected.

Oct 28, 2021 9:35 PM EST

May be Rodgers' top target Week 8

Cobb could operate as quarterback Aaron Rodgers' primary target in Thursday's game against the Cardinals, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Davante Adams has accounted for a whopping 33.2 percent of the Packers' targets this season, placing him well ahead of Marques Valdes-Scantling (17.6 percent) and Allen Lazard (11.6 percent) for second and fourth place of the team, respectively. Green Bay could be in danger of missing all three players for Thursday's game, however. After testing positive for COVID-19 on Monday, Adams -- who is vaccinated -- appears unlikely to clear all health and safety protocols ahead of the game's 8:20 p.m. kickoff, while Lazard was placed on the list Tuesday as a close contact of Adams and isn't eligible to play due to his status as an unvaccinated player. Meanwhile, Valdes-Scantling (hamstring) could return from injured reserve this week, but since he hasn't even resumed practicing as of Tuesday, his availability is in major question. That leaves Cobb as the most-trusted receiver available to Rodgers, as none of Equanimeous St. Brown, Amari Rodgers, Malik Taylor or practice-squad wideout Juwann Winfree has much of a track record in the NFL. Running back Aaron Jones and tight end Robert Tonyan will likely have expanded roles in the passing game as well, but Cobb -- who is averaging only 23.4 snaps and 2.6 targets per contest -- will presumably be in store for the biggest uptick in opportunity. Adams' status still bears watching heading into Thursday, but Cobb at least looks like a decent speculative pickup for fantasy managers aiming to fill out their Week 8 lineup with a receiver with a high target floor.

Oct 27, 2021 9:12 AM EST

Catches three passes

Cobb was targeted four times and caught three passes for 22 yards in Sunday's 24-10 victory over Washington.

Analysis: Cobb got back on the board after being held without a catch in Week 6, but he did not do a whole lot for those who included him in their fantasy lineups. Cobb did reward those that started him in Week 4, but outside of that contest he has racked up just 9 catches for 110 yards -- and no scores -- over six games.

Oct 25, 2021 9:55 AM EST

Shut out in Week 6

Cobb was not targeted in Sunday's 24-14 victory over the Bears.

Analysis: Cobb was on the field for 23 plays in Week 6, but he did not see even one pass in his direction. He has worked as the Packers' No. 3 wideout since Marquez Valdes-Scantling (hamstring) landed on injured reserve, and that has resulted in one big game in Week 4 and two quiet appearances since. If Valdes-Scantling remains out for Week 7, Cobb could get involved again, as the Packers will take on a Washington defense that allowed opposing wide receivers to rack up 420 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns over the last two weeks.

Oct 18, 2021 7:44 AM EST

Just two grabs

Cobb caught two of three targets for 30 yards in Sunday's 25-22 overtime win against the Bengals.

Analysis: Cobb made a couple of 15-yard receptions, including a key gain to set up Green Bay's elusive, game-winning field goal. While his overall production paled in comparison to Week 4's two-touchdown outburst, Cobb still helped the Packers to another victory. With usual starter Marquez Valdes-Scantling (hamstring) set to be sidelined for at least one more game, Cobb will hope to make his presence felt with more volume in Week 6 versus the division-rival Bears.

Oct 10, 2021 4:39 PM EST

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