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Offline wpr  
#1 Posted : Monday, October 22, 2012 10:01:37 AM(UTC)

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Seven backs and two receivers who played for the Green Bay Packers are enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

None of them ever made the type of splash that Randall Cobb has.

Green Bay won consecutive games for the first time this season by defeating the St. Louis Rams 30-20 on Sunday in the Edward Jones Dome. As he has done five times already this year, Cobb contributed more than 100 yards to the Packers’ cause.

The 64th player selected overall in the 2011 draft is a jack-of-many-trades. His talent and willingness to be utilized as more than a wide receiver have allowed him to tie a Packers record that has stood for 62 years.

By gaining 146 combined net yards against the Rams (yards from scrimmage plus yards on returns), Cobb pushed his season total to 1,076. Billy Grimes, in 1950, is the only other player in team history to surpass 1,000 yards in the first seven games of a season.

One-thousand yards has been a milestone sought since the dawn of statistics. To reach it so quickly is an accomplishment worth noting.

Forty-three players have amassed 1,000 or more combined net yards in at least one season for Green Bay since Don Hutson first did it in 1942. In all, the benchmark has been achieved 107 times.

Six players reached the summit in the first eight games of a season: Hutson (1942), Al Carmichael (1956), Jim Taylor (1962, 1964), Dave Hampton (1971), Roell Preston (1998) and Ahman Green (2001-2003). Only Grimes, a return specialist like Cobb, got there in seven.

In opening at receiver against the Rams, Cobb was making only the second start of his career. His first came against the Texans last week when he posted a career-best 102 yards receiving.

Cobb’s first touch from scrimmage in St. Louis was a 19-yard run. It was the longest gain on the ground by a Packer, and it set up Mason Crosby’s 47-yard field goal that put Green Bay up 10-3.

Cobb also caught two passes for 20 yards in the opening quarters. But the wideout saved his best work for the second half.


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I am not a big fan of the all purpose yards indicator. If they keep it separate from rushes and receptions I am fine with that. But players who get to return 3-4 punts and 3-4 kick offs should have better numbers than the guy who only earns his yards by rushing.

that said since Cobb is only the second person to do so in GB history says that he is a special player.
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#2 Posted : Monday, October 22, 2012 11:18:02 AM(UTC)

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He's dynamic; that's for sure. The more he gets involved, the better we will be. We all knew this. It is exciting to see it come together.
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#3 Posted : Monday, October 22, 2012 11:29:23 AM(UTC)

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This may seem trifling and minor but I saw one thing yesterday in the game that kind of made me do a double take. It was just a moment in the game that I kind of said: Wow.. you never see that?"

Cobb came to the side line. (Close in camera shot.) The water boy approached him and squirted water in Cobb's mouth, handed Cobb a towel, Cobb wiped his face, then Cobb looked the water boy in the eyes and said "Thank You."and nodded with appreciation.

RP: What the freak are you talking about?

I am saying one rarely if ever sees that. Usually players do not even recognize or glance at the water boys, they open their mouth drink and walk away with not as much as a look.

The fact he appreciated the water boy, made him feel like he was contributing, doing his job, and recognized it, tels me the kid has no pomposity, he has an attitude of gratitude towards people in general, and he was probably raised well.

I think Cobb is a "good boy" as my mother use to say.
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#4 Posted : Monday, October 22, 2012 11:43:58 AM(UTC)

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RaiderPride said: Go to Quoted Post
This may seem trifling and minor but I saw one thing yesterday in the game that kind of made me do a double take. It was just a moment in the game that I kind of said: Wow.. you never see that?"

Cobb came to the side line. (Close in camera shot.) The water boy approached him and squirted water in Cobb's mouth, handed Cobb a towel, Cobb wiped his face, then Cobb looked the water boy in the eyes and said "Thank You."and nodded with appreciation.

RP: What the freak are you talking about?

I am saying one rarely if ever sees that. Usually players do not even recognize or glance at the water boys, they open their mouth drink and walk away with not as much as a look.

The fact he appreciated the water boy, made him feel like he was contributing, doing his job, and recognized it, tels me the kid has no pomposity, he has an attitude of gratitude towards people in general, and he was probably raised well.

I think Cobb is a "good boy" as my mother use to say.


I saw that too. 99.9% of the players are so "focused on the game" that they don't say anything.

Cobb is good boy. Or for Dakota's benefit- he is Packer People.
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#5 Posted : Monday, October 22, 2012 4:37:06 PM(UTC)

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Turning into one of Ted Thompson's best picks. I'd love to see the Packers develop a screen game with him. That's the only thing missing.
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wpr said: Go to Quoted Post
I saw that too. 99.9% of the players are so "focused on the game" that they don't say anything.

Cobb is good boy. Or for Dakota's benefit- he is Packer People.


Bastard. [-x Cobb's a good player with high character.
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#7 Posted : Monday, October 22, 2012 5:35:01 PM(UTC)

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Bastard. [-x Cobb's a good player with high character.


love you too big guy. [grin1]
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#8 Posted : Monday, October 22, 2012 10:36:07 PM(UTC)

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Man I love me some Cobb. His personality and play on the field just gives me chills of excitement. Greg Jennings esk if you ask me.
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#9 Posted : Tuesday, October 23, 2012 7:32:57 AM(UTC)

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RaiderPride said: Go to Quoted Post
This may seem trifling and minor but I saw one thing yesterday in the game that kind of made me do a double take. It was just a moment in the game that I kind of said: Wow.. you never see that?"

Cobb came to the side line. (Close in camera shot.) The water boy approached him and squirted water in Cobb's mouth, handed Cobb a towel, Cobb wiped his face, then Cobb looked the water boy in the eyes and said "Thank You."and nodded with appreciation.

RP: What the freak are you talking about?

I am saying one rarely if ever sees that. Usually players do not even recognize or glance at the water boys, they open their mouth drink and walk away with not as much as a look.

The fact he appreciated the water boy, made him feel like he was contributing, doing his job, and recognized it, tels me the kid has no pomposity, he has an attitude of gratitude towards people in general, and he was probably raised well.

I think Cobb is a "good boy" as my mother use to say.


Nice catch. It's great to see things like this happen, little things that mean so much.
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#10 Posted : Tuesday, October 23, 2012 7:39:10 AM(UTC)

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I am not a big fan of the all purpose yards indicator. If they keep it separate from rushes and receptions I am fine with that. But players who get to return 3-4 punts and 3-4 kick offs should have better numbers than the guy who only earns his yards by rushing.

that said since Cobb is only the second person to do so in GB history says that he is a special player.


I agree, yards from scrimmage mean more, generally speaking. These would include runs, passes, and catches. The exception would be a big return which create a short field, changes field position, or lead to a direct score. Yards past the 20 on kickoffs are positive, but then yards not getting to the 20 should come off. Punts, I'm not sure.
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#11 Posted : Tuesday, October 23, 2012 8:33:15 AM(UTC)

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I agree, yards from scrimmage mean more, generally speaking. These would include runs, passes, and catches. The exception would be a big return which create a short field, changes field position, or lead to a direct score. Yards past the 20 on kickoffs are positive, but then yards not getting to the 20 should come off. Punts, I'm not sure.


shorter field is good. we should compare the returners and hold them accountable. I am all for it. Don't want to compare them to a RB or WR. (I don't even want to compare a QB to a WR. They are different.)

punt returns need to be more than 10 yards before they are considered plus yards. There are 8 players including Cobb that are averaging 11 or more per return.

As for KO, the return men are starting deeper in the endzone. (around 5-7 yards) so it is easy for the return numbers to be inflated a bit. (28 players have averages of more than 20 yards per return.) If they catch the ball at the -5 and return it 25 yards they are only back to the 20. I agree that it doesn't matter how far they return it they need to get the ball over the 20, maybe the 25 to be considered a better than average return.
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