Cobb is part of a deep receiving corps that now includes Brandin Cooks, in addition to holdovers Will Fuller (sports hernia) and Kenny Stills, ESPN.com's Sarah Barshop reports. Bill O'Brien seems to have completed an offseason remake that started with the trade sending out DeAndre Hopkins and a 2020 fourth-round pick in exchange for David Johnson, a 2020 second-rounder and a 2021 fourth-rounder. Cobb signed with Houston shortly after the trade was agreed upon, parlaying his rebound 2019 campaign with the Cowboys into a three-year, $27 million contract with their in-state rivals. The deal should ensure Cobb of a sizable role, but Stills also has considerable experience playing the slot, and both may struggle to get snaps outside if Fuller and Cooks can actually manage to stay healthy. The situation hints at an even distribution of targets, though an injury or another trade could significantly alter the projection.
Cobb, who recently agreed to sign with the Texans, said he felt better in 2019 than he had in previous seasons, getting good results after he strengthened his hamstrings, James Palmer of NFL Network reports. Cobb claims the Cowboys training staff identified his weak hamstrings as a potential limiting factor and worked with him to strengthen the muscles during the offseason. He went on to produce his most receiving yards (828) since 2015 and his best mark for yards per target (10.0) since 2014, despite being charged with eight drops. Cobb averaged 9.1 yards before the catch on his 55 receptions, compared to 3.9 in his final season with the Packers. He's proven himself a bit more dynamic than the typical slot receiver, and Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson should be able to take advantage of Cobb's ability to work downfield from an inside alignment. The 29-year-old has agreed to a three-year, $27 million contract, joining Will Fuller and Kenny Stills in a receiving corps that recently lost DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals.
Cobb agreed to terms on a three-year, $27 million contract with the Texans on Monday, James Jones of NFL Network reports. There was reportedly interest in the 29-year-old returning to Dallas for the 2020 campaign, but he'll instead end up heading to Houston. The Texans shipped DeAndre Hopkins to the Cardinals earlier in the day, so Cobb will partially fill that significant void for quarterback Deshaun Watson. Cobb caught 55 of 83 targets for 828 yards and three touchdowns in 15 games last season, posting the best YPC (15.1) of his nine-year career.
First-year Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said he's hopeful that Dallas re-signs Cobb during the offseason, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports. Cobb previously played under McCarthy in Green Bay from 2011 through 2018, with the 29-year-old turning in the best season of his career (91 catches for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014) during that stretch. The wideout hauled in 55 passes for 828 yards and three touchdowns in his first yaer in Dallas in 2019 while playing on a one-year, $5 million contract. Coming to terms with fellow impending free-agent wideout Amari Cooper will no doubt rank as a higher priority for the Cowboys, but Cobb's veteran presence in the slot -- and cheaper projected salary -- could realistically give him a clear path to return to Dallas.
Cobb is more likely to re-sign with Dallas after the hiring of head coach Mike McCarthy, who previously worked with the slot receiver in Green Bay, ESPN.com's Todd Archer reports. Cobb played 2019 on a one-year, $5 million contract, hauling in 66.3 percent of his targets for a career-high 15.1 yards per catch, with 55.2 receiving yards per game representing his best mark since 2014. He left no doubt about his ability to get open and pick up yards after the catch (6.0 YAC average), but his eight drops were tied for sixth most in the league. Now preparing for his age-30 season, Cobb likely has interest in re-signing with the Cowboys and thus reuniting with McCarthy, but the veteran slot receiver probably won't be as much of a priority for the team as fellow impending free agents Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper and Byron Jones.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||@Kansas City Chiefs||4||16.68|
|7||10/25||Green Bay Packers||12||19.22|
|11||11/22||New England Patriots||1||12.76|
|3 Year Avg||78||53||621||3||29||11.72||78|