There’s a rumor (or rumors) out there to just that affect. That Green Bay Packers receiver Randall Cobb has been slacking off since signing his big-money deal following the 2014 season.
After putting up career numbers — 91 catches, 1,287 yards, 12 touchdowns — in 2014, Cobb has produced decreasing returns in each of the following two seasons. Cobb had 60 catches for 610 yards and four touchdowns in 2016.
We know injuries have played a role in Cobb’s decreased production, but here’s that other potential reason from Evan Silva.
A shell of his old self since signing a four-year, $40 million contract in March of 2015, Randall Cobb has averaged a mere 6.76 yards per target with a minuscule 4.7% touchdown rate (TDs/targets) over the past two seasons after posting career averages of 9.87 and 8.1%, respectively, before signing the deal. Chronic ankle woes are partly to blame, but there have been whispers Cobb’s conditioning tailed off after striking it rich.
This is the first we’ve heard anything about Cobb’s conditioning or lack thereof.
The results on the field obviously show decreasing production. We’ve said it many times, Cobb isn’t living up to his contract. We’ve also pointed out that the Packers may soon have to make a decision between Cobb, Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams.
That said, we’d have a hard time believing Cobb doesn’t show up in shape. With all that’s gone on with Eddie Lacy, the logjam at the receiver position and the fact that Aaron Rodgers surely wouldn’t accept that, it just seems unlikely.
So we’ll see what happens when the season rolls around.