When Randall Cobb and Jordy Nelson are on the field at the same time, it’s almost impossible to cover both, especially with No. 12 under center. But after Nelson went down in the preseason with a torn ACL, conventional wisdom said Cobb would have a tougher time getting open now that he would be double-teamed on every play.
Well, if Cobb is having more trouble getting open, it isn’t showing in the box scores. Cobb is on pace for 90 catches, 998 yards and 13 touchdowns – numbers almost identical to his 2014 totals (91/1,287/12).
So, is there any difference in being the No. 1 guy versus being 1A or 1B?
“It’s not really a big difference,” Cobb said on CBS Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show. “For me as a player, my job is to get open. So regardless of who’s covering me or how many guys that cover me, I got to find a way to get open and I’m trying to do my best to do it now.”
Cobb has been relatively quiet the last two weeks, hauling in a combined eight catches for 67 yards in 14-point wins over San Francisco and St. Louis. Then again, the Packers didn’t need a huge game from Cobb – mainly because they got great games from James Jones and Ty Montgomery. Jones has seven catches for 175 yards and a touchdown over the last two weeks, while Montgomery has seven catches for 74 yards and a score.
“We definitely have some young guys that’s starting to step up into those roles and have been able to make some plays,” Cobb said. “We got J.J. back, who opens up some things for us. The most important thing for us is wins. Regardless of what we’re getting as an offense, it’s about getting wins – and that’s what we’re doing right now.”
Jones, 31, was inexplicably cut by two teams this offseason. He is now on pace to be a Pro Bowler.
“It really blows my mind,” Cobb said. “For a guy to lead his team (Oakland) in receptions, touchdowns and yards a year ago to be cut from his team and unfortunately cut from another team (Giants). We’re happy to have him back here. We know how much he brings to our offense.”
The Packers (5-0) have one more game before the bye, as they host the Chargers (2-3) at Lambeau Field this Sunday at 4:25 p.m. ET. San Diego is coming off a deflating Monday Night Football loss to the Steelers, while Green Bay hopes to improve to 6-0 before the break.
“Every week is important for us,” Cobb said. “Obviously going into a bye, you want to get a win. Obviously we want to get some guys back after the bye, but we can’t look too far ahead. We got to focus in on this week and handling our business. I think we’ve had a couple great days of preparation this week and (we) just (have to continue) that mental preparation over the next few days before the game gets here.”