Cobb might not return kicks in 2013

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013

There comes a time in every young returners career where they either get pulled for a larger role or get stuck there for most of their career. That time has already come for Green Bay Packers returner Randall Cobb. With Greg Jennings and Donald Driver the Packers are calling on Cobb to step up and be a focal point of the offense. Cobb is clearly up to the task after his breakout season but is it wise for the Packers to pull him from the return game?

Throughout the offseason, Packers coach Mike McCarthy has strongly considered the possibility of pulling the 5-foot-10 difference-maker out of his role on kickoff and punt returns.

If needed, Cobb remains open to the idea, but it seems much more likely he’ll be required to fill the spot in the slot Jennings permanently vacated upon signing a five-year deal with the Vikings. (Packers News)

Cobb is without a doubt one of the best return men in the game. Over two seasons he’s returned one kick and two punts for touchdowns. In 2012 he had 1256return yards, 964 off of kicks and 292 from punts. Those are great numbers and pretty much comparable to what he put up in his rookie year.

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The problem is he’s also proven that he can be a major force on the offensive side of the ball. With all the injuries in Green Bay in 2012, Cobb had a breakout season, catching 80 passes for 954 yards and eight touchdowns. Even more impressive is that 45 of his catches went for first downs.

Without Driver and Jennings they’ll need him to fill a much bigger role and they have to weigh the pros and cons of him continuing to return. The main debate will likely be injury risk, as it should be. Can the Packers risk him getting hurt on a return and the team struggle in a much more important area because of it?

The good thing is Cobb is open to whatever role the team wants him to fill. He’s even talking about taking his game to another level in 2013. If he does that all I can say is wow as he had 2,342 all purpose yards. A number he can definitely break if he does both.

“I think definitely with Donald retiring and Greg leaving, it’s definitely going to be a lot more weight on me, James and Jordy’s shoulders,” Cobb said. “But we’re taking on the challenge head-on. We’ve been really excited to get back and work. We’ve got some young guys, some drafted guys that’s coming in. We’re excited to get back to work and see how it’s going to turn out this year.”(Packers News)

“I really don’t think I’ve peaked yet,” Cobb said. “I’m 22 years old. I’ve got a lot of learning still to do. I have a long way to go and I just hope I continue to get better over the next years.”(Packers News)

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