Packers: Three questions facing Randall Cobb in 2018

SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Randall Cobb
SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 18: Randall Cobb /
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SEATTLE, WA – JANUARY 18: Randall Cobb
SEATTLE, WA – JANUARY 18: Randall Cobb /

What are the top three questions facing Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb this season?

Randall Cobb enters the 2018 season bearing plenty of expectations as the Green Bay Packers’ number two receiver.

Here’s three questions he faces this year:

1. Will he return punts?

The Packers’ primary punt returner last season was Trevor Davis. Though he had a few excellent returns, his hold on the job is far from cemented.

First, he has consistently struggled to properly determine whether to return a punt, call a fair catch, or let the ball bounce. Second, his roster spot is in jeopardy after Brian Gutekunst drafted three receivers.

That leaves Cobb as a prime candidate to resume the duties he held returning punts in his first two seasons.

Cobb was very good returning punts in 2011 and 2012, averaging 10.3 yards per return and scoring two touchdowns. He did fumble five times, though. He has returned punts sparingly over the past five seasons, due mostly to the coaching staff’s desire to keep him healthy.

Cobb’s the savviest returner that the Packers have, far better than Davis at judging punts and making correct decisions. He still has the athleticism and natural return skills to be consistently effective and occasionally dangerous.

The other candidates to return punts seem to be Davis, Jaire Alexander, and possibly some long shots such as Ty Montgomery and Quinten Rollins.

Cobb expressed a desire to return to returns last season, so he should be more than willing to this season as well. Though the risk of injury remains, the Packers would be well served to at least seriously consider #18 for the punt return role once again.