Randall Cobb thrills Packers doing the wrong things
Just imagine what lies ahead for Green Bay Packers rookie Randall Cobb if he can start following his assignments.
The wide receiver scored a touchdown on offense and tied an NFL record with a 108-yard kickoff return in the 42-34 victory over the New Orleans Saints Thursday night at Lambeau Field.
Neither score should have happened the way they did.
For starters, Cobb was never supposed to bring a kickoff that was eight yards deep in the end zone out. That was a no-no.
“I'm not supposed to bring that out,” Cobb said, according to Tyler Dunne of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I'm not. Some things just aren't logical. Some things are the power of God. That definitely was.”
It was a thrilling return. Cobb got spun 360 degrees by the Saints at one point and it looked like he was going to the ground before he regained his balance and kept racing. The Packers prioritized getting better this offseason on special teams and – presto – it looks like the defending Super Bowl champions have a bona fide threat in the return game.
There were questions if he would be ready for the opener because he suffered bruises to both knees during training camp. But he worked his way back and managed to squeeze in some playing time amongst the team’s talented wide receivers. He scored a 32-yard touchdown going the wrong way. Cobb was supposed to run a drag route. Instead, he ran past everyone.
“Surprisingly I was able to read his body language there and he made a nice catch and run for a touchdown," quarterback Aaron Rodgers said.
Sounds like a pretty good problem for the Packers to have right now.
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