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Packers | Randall Cobb off to a fast start

Packers | Randall Cobb off to a fast startGreen Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb, a second-year pro, has had an eye-catching start to training camp. If he keeps it up, it may be impossible for the Packers to keep him off of the field even though he is going to continue as the team's primary return man. Early in training camp, Cobb has made more big plays and has been used a variety of ways - more so than any of the team's other receivers. He has had several big receptions in training camp, using his speed to blow past defenders.

Cobb was the team's No. 5 receiver last year, but head coach Mike McCarthy entered the offseason looking for ways to expand his role in the offense. Cobb (5'10, 192 pounds) primarily plays out of the slot due to his size and speed, and it appears he'll be the team's No. 1 option out of the slot this season. During training camp, he has lined up several times in the backfield. A year ago, he occasionally lined up there as the team's Wildcat quarterback.

During the offseason, Cobb said he made it a point to improve his route running so QB Aaron Rodgers would trust him more. "I think I have a pretty good understanding of this offense and my role," Cobb said. McCarthy said he's a versatile player and it is "important" for the team to always create schemes where they are giving their players an opportunity to succeed. However, if the Packers continue to commit to him on special teams, it could come at the expense of some receiver snaps.

2012-07-29 17:38:16 | Source: Green Bay Press-Gazette - Pete Dougherty

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