GREEN BAY – Randall Cobb has arrived, but he hasn’t peaked.
The Green Bay Packers third-year wide receiver is coming off a breakout 2012, catching 80 passes for 954 yards and eight touchdowns. With Greg Jennings leaving as a free agent to join the archrival Minnesota Vikings and franchise all-time leading receiver Donald Driver retiring, Cobb’s role will only become more prominent this season, along with James Jones and Jordy Nelson.
And that works out well for Cobb, who believes he has plenty more to give.
“I really don’t think I’ve peaked yet. 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,” Cobb said Tuesday morning as he, running back Alex Green and special teams ace Jarrett Bush prepared to board the bus for this year’s Packers Tailgate Tour.
“It’s really crazy to think that I’m 22 years old, going into my third year and I’m getting as much attention as I am. You really just have to embrace it, you have to love it and have fun with it. I’m really excited about this tour to give me an opportunity to have fun with it.
“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. 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.”
Cobb, who caught only 25 passes and had his greatest impact on special teams as a rookie, said he wasn’t sure if he would remain the team’s primary return man in 2013. Jeremy Ross is among the options to replace him, despite his costly fumble in the season-ending playoff loss to San Francisco, but Cobb said he’s fine with whatever the coaching staff decides.
“I don’t know. If I’m able to do it and they want me to do it, perfect. If not, perfect,” Cobb said. “We have one goal and that’s to bring the title back home. Whatever it’s going to take to bring us there, if that’s me returning, if that’s me not returning, that’s something we’ll figure out over the next few weeks going into training camp and early on in the season.”
A few moments before, quarterback Aaron Rodgers drove past en route to IPW (Individual Position Work) workouts at the Don Hutson Center and blared the horn on his Ford pickup truck, interrupting Cobb’s train of thought. (“And that’s your quarterback,” Cobb said, shaking his head.) Cobb said the NFL’s highest-paid player hasn’t taken his wide receivers out to lunch or anything just yet, but he’s not complaining.
“I need to get on him about that. He needs to do something with us,” Cobb said with a laugh. “He took me to the (Kentucky) Derby this past year. But that’s pretty much my home, so I pretty much took him to the Derby. It was fun. We had a good experience. We had a good time down there.”
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