1) Introduction: Coming from Kentucky, Randall Cobb was selected by the Green Bay Packers in the second round (No. 64 overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft. He was praised not just for his skills as a wide receiver, but also for his kick return abilities. Throughout his first NFL season, Cobb has clearly shown the potential to be a long-term contributor in both of those roles.
Weight: 192 lbs.
Career Stats: http://www.packers.com/team/roster/Randall-Cobb/73b39eef-a7a8-4155-a341-c5f02b501345
3) Expectations coming into the season: Fans, players, and even coaches must have been excited to have Randall Cobb on the roster this season. The Packers finally had a potential threat at kickoff and punt returns, plus a wide receiver with quarterbacking experience who could play at a high mental and athletic level. Breaking the depth of the wide receiver corps was a foreseen challenge, but being a special teams difference maker was definitely expected.
4) Player’s highlights/low-lights: Randall Cobb won the 2011 AP Play of the Year Award with his record-breaking 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints in Week 1. That game will also be remembered for his first (and so far only) NFL career receiving touchdown, which came off an admittedly wrong route. Unfortunately, some of his other blunders weren’t so successful, as he lost 3 special teams fumbles during the season.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: On the offense, Randall Cobb’s contributions were limited. He scored just one touchdown and totaled only 375 yards. Of course, he was fairly sure-handed with 25 of 31 targets caught. Cobb’s biggest impact obviously came on special teams. Though still suffering his share of “rookie mistakes,” he managed to rank 3rd in the league in yards per punt return (13.4), 7th in yards per kickoff return (27.6), and now holds the NFL record for longest kickoff return (108 yards).
6) Player’s contributions in the playoffs: When it came to actually catching the ball, Randall Cobb and Donald Driver seemed to be the only two reliable targets the entire game. Both players caught all three passes thrown their way, with Cobb managing 38 yards and a first down off his receptions. His impact on special teams, however, was forgettable. Only fielding one punt and two kickoffs, he failed to make a significant impact on the game. On the flip side, though, he didn’t do anything to make it worse than what it was.
Season Report Card:
(B) Level of expectations met during the season
(B) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(C+) Contributions to team during the playoffs
Overall Grade for the year: B——————Follow @ChadToporski