Cobb caught four passes for 30 yards in Sunday's tie with the Vikings. Cobb exploded for 142 yards and a score in Week 1, but he was unable to come close to matching those numbers in the second game of the season. He presumably remains the No. 2 option at the wide receiver position for the Packers, but with Jimmy Graham and Geronimo Allison producing and Davante Adams locked in as the team's No. 1 receiver, there will be games like Sunday's -- he finished fourth on the team in receptions and yards and tied for third in targets -- where he finds himself lower on the pecking order.
Cobb will continue serving as the Packers' top punt returner, Zach Kruse of The Packers Wire reports. Fellow receiver Trevor Davis was in line to serve as the Packers' top return man, but he injured his hamstring prior to the season opener and landed on injured reserve, so Cobb filled in for Davis in Week 1, and will continue doing so for the time being. This won't affect Cobb's fantasy value much, but it does give him a slight boost in leagues that count return touchdowns for the player instead of in addition to the team defense, and/or those that score return yardage.
Cobb secured nine of 10 targets for 142 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 24-23 victory over the Bears. Talk of Cobb being a potential cap casualty this offseason seems silly now after the receiver proved instrumental in helping quarterback Aaron Rodgers successfully overcome a 17-0 halftime deficit, most notably turning a 10-yard pass into a 75-yard go-ahead touchdown with just over two minutes remaining in regulation. He even saw more looks than Davante Adams, who was targeted eight times on the night. It's unlikely Cobb will continue to see this kind of workload on a game-by-game basis, but it's nonetheless clear that the eighth-year vet is set to serve as an important part of Green Bay's passing game in 2018.
Cobb enters the season as the Packers' No. 2 receiver behind Davante Adams despite rumors that he was on the trade block in August. The Packers were very careful with the members of their first-team offense this preseason, which left Cobb with only a small handful of snaps along the way. After a delayed start to training camp following surgery to remove cartilage from his right ankle, Cobb appears to be healthy as Green Bay's Week 1 matchup with Chicago draws closer, but it will be interesting to see if that issue resurfaces and limits his availability or productivity as the season progresses.
Cobb (ankle) failed to come up with his only target in the Packers' 51-34 preseason win over the Steelers on Thursday. The good news was that the veteran made his preseason debut, although he wasn't in for long. Cobb's sole target came on the Packers' first offensive possession, when Aaron Rodgers attempted to hit him with a short pass on the right side of the field. His first taste of game action out of the way, he'll look to up his playing time and production in the Packers' "dress rehearsal" game versus the Raiders a week from Friday.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|6||10/16||San Francisco 49ers||25||29.00|
|8||10/28||@Los Angeles Rams||1||4.00|
|9||11/05||@New England Patriots||24||29.00|
|16||12/23||@New York Jets||17||24.00|
|3 Year Avg||101||68||697||5||36||10.25||102|