Packers 2022 roster preview: Bigger role for Randall Cobb?

Green Bay Packers, Randall Cobb (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Green Bay Packers, Randall Cobb (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images) /

With Davante Adams gone, Randall Cobb is the only wide receiver on the Green Bay Packers‘ roster with more than three years of experience as one of Aaron Rodgers’ top targets.

The Packers have a new-look wide receiver corps featuring three rookies.

Will this lead to more targets for Cobb in 2022?

2021 stats

Cobb played in 12 games for the Packers, starting three. He made 28 receptions for 375 yards and five touchdowns. It was his highest touchdown total since 2015.

2021 season review

The Packers didn’t trade for Cobb until the start of training camp, so he had to quickly learn Matt LaFleur’s offense. What he didn’t need to learn was how to connect with Aaron Rodgers. That was never an issue.

While Cobb didn’t finish with the most incredible numbers you will ever see, he did make a significant contribution in 2021.

When Rodgers needed a play, his top target was Davante Adams. But he also showed trust in Cobb, often looking his way on third down.

Of Cobb’s 28 receptions, an impressive 21 went for first downs.

Cobb’s reception total was the lowest since his rookie year, but the catches he did make were important ones. He also provided leadership and helped rookie receiver Amari Rodgers.

Will he make the roster?

Yes. With Aaron Rodgers back for at least one more year, Cobb will be part of the Packers’ offense in 2022. And he will also play a vital role in helping the rookie receivers learn the offense and some of the details of playing with Rodgers.

What to expect in 2022

With Adams gone, there will be plenty of targets to be shared around.

When the Packers desperately need a play, Rodgers often looks in the direction of receivers he trusts. Who can he count on to be in the right place at the right time and make the play?

Cobb is one of those players.

While Christian Watson and Romeo Doubs build chemistry with Rodgers, the back-to-back MVP could be more comfortable throwing to his experienced pass-catchers like Cobb and Allen Lazard.

As seen last season, when Rodgers needs a big third-down conversion, he will often find Cobb. His connection with Rodgers and leadership will make him a valuable member of the Packers’ offense in 2022.