Oct 23, 2011; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) returns a punt against the Minnesota Vikings in the third quarter at the Metrodome. The Packers win 33-27. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-US PRESSWIRE

Slocum: Randall Cobb to remain with return team

Every Green Bay Packers fan knew what they had when Ted Thompson drafted Randall Cobb in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. They knew he had speed. They knew he had great hands. They knew he could be the X-factor the team had been missing and needed desperately in this 21st century game.

But they also knew he was a character guy – they type of individual who fits in well with the team and will do whatever it takes to make the roster and to make the team better.

That’s why it’s not surprising to hear that Packers special teams coach Shawn Slocum has declared Cobb the return guy again for 2012. While that decision ultimately falls on head coach Mike McCarthy‘s shoulders, there’s no reason in my mind why he would disagree with Slocum.

With the depth the Packers have at wide receiver and talk about the possibility that McCarthy may keep as many as seven – yes, seven – wide receivers on the roster, it would make sense that they would keep Cobb in the position where he excelled last year. It seems they would keep him at return man at least until they can develop another player to take the reins – moving Cobb permanently to the receiver ranks once that happens.

But with Donald Driver and James Jones coming off the bench, too, Cobb’s legs should be plenty fresh by the time the second half of the season rolls around to continue to help the team at both receiver and special teams.

He’s a dynamic player who can take it the distance any time he touches the ball and if he can touch it on every kick-off and punt, it only positions the team better on the field.

Frankly, I can’t wait to see him exploding again up the middle, breaking tackles and outrunning opponents.

If he stays healthy, he could become one of the most improved players in the league – possibly taking the step toward a Pro Bowl nod.

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