If you count Charles Woodson as a member of the Green Bay Packers, the franchise totaled three players who were included on the NFL Network’s Top 100 Players of 2012, including Clay Matthews and Aaron Rodgers.
When you consider that only 100 players out of the 1,696 who make up the 32 teams’ 53-man rosters are included on this list, that’s right around the average.
Just take a tool around Facebook, Twitter or any of the plethora of NFL fan sites and you will find it difficult to find anyone who agrees with this list that has become known as more a popularity contest than an accurate portrayal of the players who truly belong. Some are rated too high (Peyton Manning), some too low (Aaron Rodgers), and some shouldn’t be on the list at all (Charles Woodson).
Yes, they got it right by posting Adrian Peterson at number one, but that’s a no-brainer.
What they didn’t get right was the snub they provided for Packers all-purpose, all-world receiver Randall Cobb. He’s nowhere to be found on this list. While the two worst teams in the NFC North – the Bears (with five selections) and the Lions (four selections) – were well represented, the two best teams in the North last year, the Packers and Vikings, were represented by just three players each.
Something’s not right there.
I won’t speak for the Vikings, because I really don’t care, but when you have a player like Cobb who isn’t recognized – well, that’s just obscene.
Here’s a guy who returns kickoffs, punts, plays in the slot, wideout and out of the backfield. The only thing the Packers don’t ask him to do is handle the water jugs and equipment – and who knows? He might be doing that, too.
Cobb exploded onto the scene two years ago with that electrifying 108-yard kickoff return against the Saints in the season-opener and he hasn’t slowed down. Though his offensive statistics were not incredible as a rookie, he was steady. His role only expanded as a second-year player.
Heck, he only caught 80 passes for 954 yards in 2012 and he only had 2,342 all-purpose yards in 2012. Oh, and he reached the end zone eight times and had an 11-yard-per-catch average.
He’s averaged 25.4 yards per kick return in his first two years and 10.3 yards per punt return. In his first two seasons he has two punt returns for touchdowns and one kickoff return … and if there’s one downside to his game, it’s the fact that he’s fumbled seven times.
So, where is he, NFL?
If Aaron Rodgers has the proverbial chip on his shoulder, Randall Cobb should also.
Not including him on this list is a travesty, plain and simple.