The Green Bay Packers haven’t even had any on-field contact in 2018. However, one of the guys they are counting on to be one of their main offensive pieces is already injured. Receiver Randall Cobb, who will presumably be their No. 2 receiver, has an ankle injury.
NO ONE KNOWS!
Ran into #Packers WR Randall Cobb and saw a walking boot on his right foot. Cobb described the boot as “temporary” but didn’t say if he underwent surgery. A source said the team may ease him onto the field for camp. There’s no concern about his availability for the season opener.
— Michael Cohen (@Michael_Cohen13) June 25, 2018
Cobb has been nothing but injury-prone over the past couple years. That is, almost as much as he’s been an underachiever.
We have, at times, been willing to blame injuries for Cobb’s lack of production since he signed his blockbuster deal. You know, the one that will pay him almost $10 million in cash this year. For a guy that hasn’t had more than 900 receiving yards in a season but once in his career. Who has had 600-odd receiving yards each of the past two years.
Not even $1 million per 100 yards.
But Cobb can’t throw himself the ball, can he?
Seemed like he could when he went for 1,287 on 91 catches in 2014 to get that contract.
At any rate, Cobb participated in OTAs. Like the rest of the veterans of his tenure, he was excused from minicamp. He also wouldn’t talk about the injury when pressed about it.
He called it temporary. Might have fallen in the shower. Might have gotten punched in the ankle by his wife. Might have tripped over a pile of that money he’s robbing from the Packers.
Can’t say at this point.
Going to guess the latter, though.
Here’s what we do know. The Packers are counting on Cobb to play a big role in 2018. And based on history — the fact that he’s in a contract year — we expect him to do so. Cobb will be the Packers’ clear-cut No. 2 receiver behind Davante Adams (not counting tight end Jimmy Graham).
He took advantage of that role last time and parlayed it into a contract he hasn’t come close to earning. Maybe he’ll try to do it again. So long as he isn’t tripping over piles of money once the season begins.