Randall Cobb is surely a big part of the Green Bay Packers' 2014 season. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Randall Cobb activated for Sunday's game; but how much will he play?

 

Randall Cobb catches a pass over the middle against the 49ers in 2012. Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Randall Cobb catches a pass over the middle against the 49ers in 2012.
Raymond T. Rivard photograph

 

It was announced by the Green Bay Packers this afternoon that wide receiver Randall Cobb has been activated from injured reserve – designated for return.

That’s great news for the Packers who also got the news earlier in the week that both quarterback Aaron Rodgers and running back Eddie Lacy would play in tomorrow’s game in Chicago – a game that’s pretty significant – the winner claims the NFC North Division and a home playoff game.

Given that Cobb’s listing on the injury report is that of questionable, there is real uncertainty whether Cobb will hit the field much. However, the activation also indicates that Green Bay has a plan for Cobb.

Here’s what head coach Mike McCarthy said about the wide receiver:

“Randall Cobb’s a playmaker. He’s dangerous with the ball in his hands. He’s done an excellent job developing into a fine slot receiver. So our offense is based on making a quarterback successful, starting with the run game and then spreading the ball around. He definitely is someone you want to get the ball to. He has big-play ability.”

Adding another dimension to the Packers offense should only help – even if that dimension hasn’t played in more than two months. If the Packers can get Cobb on the field for maybe one-third of their offensive plays it will be a boon and put one more player on the field the Bears will have to worry about.

Cobb was off to a great start for the Packers. Over the course of the first five weeks, Cobb caught 29 passes for 378 yards – a 13-yard average – and 2 touchdowns. He was well on his way to a 1,000-yard season before he went down with a lower leg injury at Baltimore.

Getting him on the field – getting him anywhere near the field – will be a confidence-builder for him and lift for the team.

It will be good to see #18 out there again. Hopefully, the Packers use him wisely and bring him along slowly. He will help the team not only on Sunday but, with a win, into the playoffs.

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