3 players Packers shouldn’t have moved on from in recent seasons

Green Bay Packers, Randall Cobb (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Randall Cobb (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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Green Bay Packers, Randall Cobb
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Randall Cobb

The Packers decided not to re-sign Randall Cobb when he became a free agent just over a year ago. After one season, that looks to have been the wrong decision.

None of the Packers’ three draft picks at wide receiver from 2018 — J’Mon Moore, Marquez Valdes-Scantling, or Equanimeous St. Brown — made a big contribution last year. Moore didn’t make the roster, St. Brown was on injured reserve, and Valdes-Scantling had just 26 catches.

Cobb, meanwhile, had a good season with the Dallas Cowboys. Cobb played in 15 games for the Cowboys and made some key contributions in the slot, catching 55 passes for 828 yards and three touchdowns. He showed he’s still great at picking up yards after the catch. Cobb also averaged a career-best 15.1 yards per catch.

In Matt LaFleur’s system, Cobb could’ve had an excellent season with the Packers. Add in the connection he’d built with Aaron Rodgers over the years and he could’ve brought much-needed consistency as the Packers’ number two receiver.

Cobb also made a number of huge plays for Green Bay over the years, including important game-winners against the Chicago Bears, a Hail Mary touchdown in the playoffs, and many crucial catches at important moments.

The Packers needed help at wide receiver last season, and part of the problem was not re-signing Cobb.