The Green Bay Packers haven’t made any announcement about who’s going to be their return man on Sunday, but Randall Cobb seems to think it’s going to be him.
Cobb may be thrust back into the role because the Packers released Jeremy Ross last Monday after he botched a kickoff return against Cincinnati.
“That’s my job to be prepared to be that guy,” Cobb said. “I’ve prepared all through training camp, all through OTAs, I’ve been practicing it still now, so I’m prepared to go whenever my name is called.”
Cobb averaged 25.3 yards on kickoff returns and 9.4 yards per punt return last season, but the Packers had hoped to move him out of those jobs as his role on offense expands. Cobb has 21 catches for 290 yards so far this season, after leading the Packers in receiving last year.
The other options for the Packers on returns are rookie running back Johnathan Franklin and rookie cornerback Micah Hyde. Franklin returned kicks during the preseason and Hyde returned punts.
The wild card here might be Reggie Dunn, who was signed to the practice squad yesterday. A rookie from Utah, Dunn averaged 51.6 yards per kick return last season. Four of those went for touchdowns.
If Dunn shows anything in practice, he may eventually get the call to the active roster.