Well, if you feel like I do and then take the time to read this interesting piece by our friends over at packerpedia.com, you will understand why this could be a very interesting … and productive … season for Mr. Cobb.
Aside from the fact that he led the Packers in receiving in just his second season is reason alone to be excited about his 2013. If quarterback Aaron Rodgers developed a chemistry with Cobb last season, this year could blossom from that romance, past a love affair and into a full blown marriage.
But what about Packers head coach Mike McCarthy’s promise that the team will be focusing more on improving the team’s run game? Does that mean fewer touches for Cobb and the rest of the receivers? Probably not.
You see, as our friends over at packerpedia.com explain, the team is going to run the ball, but not necessarily more, but more effectively. While they attempted to run the ball last year, they weren’t very effective. If they run as much as they did last year, but instead of getting those one and two-yard runs on first and second downs, if they can get those three and five-yard runs, it will certainly set up the passing game for success. Yes, just the threat of running the ball will allow those Packers receivers to get open more often.
Coupled with that will be the fact that it’s Aaron Rodgers throwing the ball. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised that if the running game becomes what everyone hopes it will be that Rodgers could home in on that 70 percent passing completion percentage. That would be a huge accomplishment, but when you’re talking about Rodgers, it’s certainly not out of the realm of possibilities.
But to get back to Cobb. The guy was impossible to cover last year and as he matures, as he continues to get a better grasp of the offense and McCarthy puts him into positions to succeed, you are going to see incredible production out of him.
In addition, if you get him off the return team and full-time into the offense, that will also be a plus for him.
And as packerpedia points out, third-year Packers receivers have set the precedence for breaking out. Think of these guys: Antonio Freeman, Robert Brooks, Javon Walker, Greg Jennings, James Jones and Jordy Nelson. Every one of them had huge jumps in their third seasons.
It’s only logical that Cobb, too, will make the leap.
Cobb will be just one cog in the Packers offensive machine, but a very important one.
I can’t wait to see what he does.
Stay tuned …