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Randall Cobb

Randall Cobb

Wide Receiver #18
ADP:Round: 12, Pick: 9
Team: Houston Texans
Ht / Wt:5'10" / 192 lb.
Born:August 22, 1990
Drafted:2011 / Rd. 2 (64)
Draft Team:GB

Randall Cobb: Leads Texans in targets

Cobb recorded eight receptions on 10 targets for 95 yards in Week 7 against the Packers.

Analysis: Cobb surprisingly led the Texans wide receiver corps in targets, receptions and yards, out-pacing both Will Fuller and Brandin Cooks in the process. The effort marked his first time reaching double-digit targets in any game this season and the second time he topped 60 yards. Cobb's performance was highlighted by a 28-yard reception late in the second quarter that set up a 41-yard field goal attempt for the team. Despite working primarily out of the slot, Cobb now has five receptions of 20 yards or more this season and has been a beneficiary of Deshaun Watson's explosiveness. Cobb and the Texans will head into Week 8 with a bye and draw a comfortable matchup against the Jaguars in Week 9.

October 25, 2020 5:04 PM EST

Randall Cobb: Scores second TD

Cobb caught three of four targets for 17 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 42-36 overtime loss to Tennessee.

Analysis: Cobb is a relevant target, ranking third on the team with 28 behind Brandin Cooks (42) and Will Fuller (41) through six games. His outlook was brighter a few weeks ago when Cooks and quarterback Deshaun Watson lacked chemistry, but those two have hooked up 17 times on 21 targets the last two weeks. However, the Watson chucks the ball 34 times per game and 61 percent of the offensive plays, which should be enough to accommodate more than two players as targets.

October 19, 2020 5:57 AM EST

Randall Cobb: Six targets in win

Cobb caught all six of his targets for 47 yards in Sunday's 30-14 win over Jacksonville.

Analysis: After a quiet opening week, Cobb has averaged a little over five targets the last four weeks. While Houston's offense has been out of sorts to start the season, Cobb has managed steady production out of the slow. He'll play third fiddle to Will Fuller and Brandin Cooks, who had a big day Sunday, but is averaging a respectable 52 yards per game.

October 12, 2020 4:55 AM EST

Randall Cobb: Five targets in loss

Cobb caught two of five targets for 36 yards in Sunday's 31-23 loss to the Vikings.

Analysis: Cobb finished second in targets behind Will Fuller in an offense that still hasn't found a groove in 2020. After a quiet opening week, Cobb is averaging five targets and 63 yards per game over the last three contests.

October 5, 2020 6:38 AM EST

Randall Cobb: Paces Texans in receiving yards

Cobb caught all four targets for 95 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 28-21 loss to the Steelers.

Analysis: Cobb led the Texans in receiving yards and showed an impressive ability to run after the catch with a 28-yard TD in the first quarter. While QB Deshaun Watson spread the ball around to eight different pass-catchers, Cobb was targeted four times -- just one shy of the team-high. Cobb is behind Will Fuller and Brandin Cooks in the pecking order, but he has value in deeper fantasy leagues and should be an option in Week 4 against the Vikings, who have allowed 299.3 passing yards per game this season.

September 27, 2020 1:50 PM EST

Randall Cobb: Five receptions Week 2

Cobb caught five of six targets for 59 yards in Sunday's 33-16 loss to the Ravens in Week 2.

Analysis: With Will Fuller missing time in the first half due to a hamstring injury and inexplicably not being thrown to upon his return, Cobb and fellow newcomer Brandin Cooks (eight targets, five catches) led the wide receiver corps in the loss. It was a good sign that quarterback Deshaun Watson developed chemistry with the new targets, but the usage could change when Fuller is involved.

September 21, 2020 4:19 AM EST

Randall Cobb: Pair of grabs in team debut

Cobb brought in two of three targets for 23 yards in the Texans' 34-20 loss to the Chiefs on Thursday.

Analysis: The veteran slot receiver's role in the offense was talked up by coach Bill O'Brien during training camp, but Cobb was missing in action for the majority of his Texans debut. The 30-year-old finally recorded his two catches in the fourth quarter, making it a relatively quiet night overall. The lack of the usual amount of on-field work this offseason likely didn't help matters for Cobb with respect to building chemistry with new quarterback DeShaun Watson, but he'll look to put together better production in a tough Week 2 home battle against the Ravens on Sunday, Sept. 20.

September 10, 2020 9:45 PM EST

Randall Cobb: Primary slot receiver

Cobb is expected to provide an inside presence out of the slot for the Texans, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Cobb was expected to serve as the primary slot receiver for quarterback Deshaun Watson after he was signed as a free agent, and that notion was reinforced with Keke Coutee nursing a foot injury. The 10-year veteran gives the Texans a dependable slot receiver that's been missing in the era of head coach Bill O'Brien. "With Randall (and) the amount of experience he has playing in this league, he's able to identify all the defenses," offensive coordinator Tim Kelly said of Cobb. "He understands how to attack them, how to set them up and makes good, quick decisions."

August 29, 2020 7:23 AM EST

Randall Cobb: Part of four-deep WR group

Cobb is part of a deep receiving corps that now includes Brandin Cooks, in addition to holdovers Will Fuller (sports hernia) and Kenny Stills, ESPN.com's Sarah Barshop reports.

Analysis: Bill O'Brien seems to have completed an offseason remake that started with the trade sending out DeAndre Hopkins and a 2020 fourth-round pick in exchange for David Johnson, a 2020 second-rounder and a 2021 fourth-rounder. Cobb signed with Houston shortly after the trade was agreed upon, parlaying his rebound 2019 campaign with the Cowboys into a three-year, $27 million contract with their in-state rivals. The deal should ensure Cobb of a sizable role, but Stills also has considerable experience playing the slot, and he may struggle to get snaps outside if Fuller and Cooks can actually manage to stay healthy. The situation hints at an even distribution of targets, though an injury or another trade could significantly alter the projection.

April 10, 2020 7:09 AM EST

Randall Cobb: Credits improved hamstring strength

Cobb, who recently agreed to sign with the Texans, said he felt better in 2019 than he had in previous seasons, getting good results after he strengthened his hamstrings, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Cobb claims the Cowboys training staff identified his weak hamstrings as a potential limiting factor and worked with him to strengthen the muscles during the offseason. He went on to produce his most receiving yards (828) since 2015 and his best mark for yards per target (10.0) since 2014, despite being charged with eight drops. Cobb averaged 9.1 yards before the catch on his 55 receptions, compared to 3.9 in his final season with the Packers. He's proven himself a bit more dynamic than the typical slot receiver, and Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson should be able to take advantage of Cobb's ability to work downfield from an inside alignment. The 29-year-old has agreed to a three-year, $27 million contract, joining Will Fuller and Kenny Stills in a receiving corps that recently lost DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals.

March 27, 2020 12:35 PM EST

Randall Cobb: Inking deal with Houston

Cobb agreed to terms on a three-year, $27 million contract with the Texans on Monday, James Jones of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: There was reportedly interest in the 29-year-old returning to Dallas for the 2020 campaign, but he'll instead end up heading to Houston. The Texans shipped DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals earlier in the day, so Cobb will partially fill that significant void for quarterback Deshaun Watson. Cobb caught 55 of 83 targets for 828 yards and three touchdowns in 15 games last season, posting the best YPC (15.1) of his nine-year career.

March 16, 2020 8:52 PM EST

Randall Cobb: Could re-sign in Dallas

Coach Mike McCarthy said Wednesday that he aims to re-sign Cobb for the 2020 season, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Cobb previously played under McCarthy in Green Bay from 2011-18, during which time the 29-year-old wideout recorded his career-best 2014 season (91 catches for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns). Having hauled in 55 catches for 828 yards and three touchdowns last season while playing on a one-year, $5 million contract, Cobb will become an unrestricted free agent in March unless the Cowboys opt to re-sign him. Coming to terms with fellow impending free agent wideout Amari Cooper will no doubt rank as a higher priority for the team, but Cobb's veteran presence in the slot could realistically lend him a clear path to returning to Dallas.

February 26, 2020 9:28 AM EST

Randall Cobb: Reuniting with Mike McCarthy?

Cobb is more likely to re-sign with Dallas after the hiring of head coach Mike McCarthy, who previously worked with the slot receiver in Green Bay, ESPN.com's Todd Archer reports.

Analysis: Cobb played 2019 on a one-year, $5 million contract, hauling in 66.3 percent of his targets for a career-high 15.1 yards per catch, with 55.2 receiving yards per game representing his best mark since 2014. He left no doubt about his ability to get open and pick up yards after the catch (6.0 YAC average), but his eight drops were tied for sixth most in the league. Now preparing for his age-30 season, Cobb likely has interest in re-signing with the Cowboys and thus reuniting with McCarthy, but the veteran slot receiver probably won't be as much of a priority for the team as fellow impending free agents Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper and Byron Jones.

February 18, 2020 7:57 AM EST

Randall Cobb: Solid first season in Dallas

Cobb wrapped up the 2019 season with 55 catches on 83 targets for 828 yards and three touchdowns over 15 games.

Analysis: In his first season outside of Green Bay, Cobb operated as the Cowboys' No. 3 receiver for much of the year and produced his highest yardage total since 2015, as well as 10.0 yards per target -- his best mark in that category since 2014. The 29-year-old is an unrestricted free agent this offseason and would probably be welcome back in Dallas at the right price given his reliability out of the slot, but the team has bigger priorities ahead of him in Dak Prescott and Amari Cooper when it comes to re-signing free agents.

January 1, 2020 9:52 AM EST

Randall Cobb: Five catches in Sunday's loss

Cobb caught five of seven targets for 73 yards in Sunday's 17-9 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: It was a solid effort from the veteran slot receiver, as he tied Michael Gallup for the team lead in catches among WRs. Cobb's 747 receiving yards on the year mark his highest total since 2015, and he'll look to make one last impact in Week 17's must-win game against Washington.

December 22, 2019 7:30 PM EST

Randall Cobb: Held to negative yards Sunday

Cobb caught one of two targets for minus-3 yards in Sunday's 44-21 win over the Rams.

Analysis: The Cowboys leaned heavily on their running game, as Ezekiel Elliott and Tony Pollard each ran for over 100 yards and combined for three TDs, so there wasn't a whole lot of production left over for the team's wide receivers. Even so, Cobb's efforts were notably poor, and his two targets were a season low. He's try to bounce back in Week 16 against the Eagles, but he may not have much more success -- Philly held him to two catches for 29 yards in their prior meeting this year.

December 16, 2019 7:08 AM EST

Randall Cobb: Set to go Thursday

Cobb (illness) doesn't have a designation for Thursday's game at Chicago, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: Cobb's practice reps were impacted by an illness this week, but he nonetheless increased his workload by the day, culminating in full participation at Wednesday's walk-through. Consequently, he's poised to go Thursday against a Bears defense that has given up 7.5 yards per target and seven touchdowns to wide receivers in 12 contests this season.

December 4, 2019 11:20 AM EST

Randall Cobb: Back at practice

Cobb (illness) returned to a limited practice Tuesday, Calvin Watkins of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Analysis: With that, Cobb -- who caught all three of his targets for 53 yards in last week's loss to the Bills - figures to be a go Thursday night against the Bears, though we'll have to see if he heads into the contest listed as questionable or minus a Week 14 injury designation.

December 3, 2019 12:26 PM EST

Randall Cobb: Set to practice Tuesday

Coach Jason Garrett said Cobb (illness) will return to practice Tuesday, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Cobb sat out Monday's session due to the illness but is apparently feeling better, and he'll at least work as a limited participant Tuesday. According to David Helman of the Cowboys' official site, Garrett also indicated the ailment shouldn't impact the veteran wideout's availability for Thursday's matchup with the Bears.

December 3, 2019 8:56 AM EST

Randall Cobb: Sits out practice Monday

Cobb (illness) didn't participate in Monday's practice, David Helman of the Cowboys' official site reports.

Analysis: Cobb still has three days to get healthy before Thursday's matchup against the Bears, but it's concerning considering the 29-year-old leads the Cowboys with 254 receiving yards over the last three games.

December 2, 2019 1:34 PM EST

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