I was wandering around my usually Green Bay Packers news and blog sites the other day, when I happened across this article on Bleacher Report from our very own Michael Dulka. Itâ€™s a list of â€œ5 Ways to Utilize Randall Cobbâ€™s Skill Set,â€ and one way in particular really intrigued me. This is what Michael had to say about Cobb being used in the running game:
Cobb is undeniably fast. The Packers can take advantage of his speed by directly handing him the ball. With a weak running game, this is a way to give the defense a different look and force them to adapt to a non-passing look.
In the past, Donald Driver has had success running reverses because his speediness allows him to get to the edge quickly. Cobb perfectly fits the mold of a receiver ideal for running reverses. Any way to get Cobb in space should be effective.
Last season, Cobb had two running opportunities, though none of them actually came on a reverse. His first chance was on a handoff from Rodgers in the shotgun formation. It was during a Week 7 game against the Minnesota Vikings, and it only managed to gain the offense a yard. (Though to be honest, having Cobb motion to the backfield was kind of a giveaway.)
Cobb got another shot at running the ball against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 15. It was the Packersâ€™ second play of the third quarter, and Cobb received a direct handoff as the quarterback (Rodgers was on the sidelines). The Packers were in a Wildcat/Joker formation with four wideouts (including TE Tom Crabtree) and TE D.J. Williams lined up as a fullback. They managed 4 yards on the play as Cobb took off running directly after the snap.
Though none of these plays highlighted Cobb on a reverse route, Michael makes a great point about Cobbâ€™s speed. Along with instinctive vision for finding running holes, this could make him a big play threat on the reverse.
But why stop there? As a part-time Pittsburgh Steelers fan, I canâ€™t help but recall a play from Super Bowl XL that could fit Cobbâ€™s skillset. Hereâ€™s the video from YouTube: