Randall Cobb is expected to have a big year for the Green Bay Packers now that Jordy Nelson is no longer on the team. However, the Packers may have to find a temporary replacement for Cobb when training camp begins at the end of July. According to Michael Cohen of PackersNews.com, Cobb suffered an ankle injury and he could miss the start of camp. The Kentucky alum did take part in OTAs and was seen for the final open OTA practice on June 4. However, Cohen saw Cobb in a walking boot on his right ankle this weekend. Cobb said the boot is only temporary, but he wouldn’t reveal any other details. It’s also unclear how and when Cobb suffered the injury.
Cohen also reports the Packers will likely ease Cobb back on the field during camp, but the team believes he’ll be ready to go for the season opener on Sept. 9 vs. the Chicago Bears.
Cobb will be one of the two top receivers for the Packers this year with Davante Adams being the other. After a strong 2014 season when he posted 91 receptions for 1,287 yards, Cobb has recorded 1,263 combined receiving yards the last two seasons. In Cobb’s defense, injuries played a factor in his decreased production which is why Aaron Rodgers is expecting big things from him.
“When he’s healthy and playing for us, our offense is a lot different,” Rodgers said after the final open OTA practice earlier this month. “We saw it couple years ago vs. the Giants where he came off some injuries and he had three touchdowns. That’s what he can do for us. When he’s out there, he’s a tough guy to cover. He’s done a number of things for us over the years and he’s relatively young. He’s a great friend of mine. I look for a resurgence from him as long he can stay healthy.”
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Earlier this year, there were thoughts that Cobb would be cut by the Packers when Nelson was still on the roster. However, the Packers decided to cut Nelson because his dead cap charge was a little less than Cobb’s and he’s younger. Once Nelson was released in March, Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst spoke to the media about Cobb’s future and he said he’ll be with the team in 2018.
“I don’t think it has any correlation to that,” Gutekunst said. “Randall is one of our good players, and we expect him to be.”
Cobb will be used a lot this season, but the Packers are also looking to revamp their position by adding younger players. In April, the Packers drafted receivers J’Mon Moore, Marquez Valdes-Scanting and Equanimeous St. Brown in rounds 4-6. The Packers drafted DeAngelo Yancey last year in the fifth round and Michael Clark, who signed with the Packers as an undrafted free agent from Marshall, played in the last two games of the year and showed promise.