Against the San Francisco 49ers, Packers WR Randall Cobb led the team in receptions and returned a punt for a score.
The Packers unveiled a package with Cobb in the backfield, as he lined up there, unofficially, 19 times. He also lined up in the slot and on the outside of formations. For Cobb, the bigger role was a welcome change from last year -- when he was fifth among the Packers wide receivers in playing time.
Cobb was quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ favorite target in the game. According to ESPN Stats and Information, Cobb caught all nine targets thrown his way for 77 yards, both career-high totals. His previous single-game high for targets? Four.
“That’s what we’ve been talking a lot about,” Rodgers said of Cobb’s impact. “He’s a big-time player, a great punt returner obviously. We’re going to try to find ways to get him matched up on positive mismatches for him out there. The more opportunities we can give him in space, there’s a lot of good plays out there he had.”
This could be a sign Cobb is emerging as the Packer's WR3, passing veteran Donald Driver and James Jones. And it makes sense, the young Cobb is talented and again returned a kick for a TD. Still behind WRs Greg Jennings and Jordy Nelson, Cobb would have some fantasy use on the pass-happy Packers, especially if TE Jermichael Finley continues to drop balls. Still, the WR3 on any team will likely be inconsistent, but if you're going to have a team's WR3 on your roster, Cobb is not a bad one to target.