Randall Cobb was able to have a strong run during the playoffs last year. However, that wasn’t enough to hide the fact he had a down 2016 season.
ESPN took a look at the 32 players with the most to prove this season and Cobb made the cut. Here’s what Packers reporter Rob Demovsky had to say about Cobb.
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In the two seasons since he signed a four-year, $40 million contract, Cobb hasn’t come close to his 2014 numbers: 91 catches, 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns. A shoulder injury slowed him in 2015, while hamstring and ankle injuries hampered him last season, when he caught just 60 passes for 610 yards and four touchdowns. He showed something of a resurgence with a three-touchdown game in the Packers’ playoff win over the Giants, however. With a $9.5 million salary and bonus structure in each of the next two seasons, that’s the kind of production the Packers will need from Cobb.
Cobb missed three games last year due to the multiple injuries. And when Jordy Nelson went down in 2015, the pressure was on Cobb to be the No. 1 receiver and he struggled.
The Packers are hoping the run Cobb had in the playoffs leads to bigger things in 2017. In the three playoff games, Cobb recorded 18 receptions 260 yards and three touchdowns.
Cobb knows the pressure is on him to have a big season because Davante Adams had a breakout 2016 campaign and he’s entering the final year of his contract. Also, the Packers drafted two wide receivers this year, so Cobb will have to prove that he’s worth every penny the Packers are spending on him.