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Cobb's worth evident in Sunday's win

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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Complaints about the Packers special teams phases have dropped drastically in 2011. A lot of that has to do with rookie Randall Cobb. Cobb ranks No. No 8 in the league in kickoff return average (27.7) amongst those with at least 10 attempts. He’s No. 7 in punt return average (11.3). Cobb has returned one of each for a touchdown. The return game hadn’t been much of a talking point, as of late, until Sunday. Cobb was inactive with a groin injury and Pat Lee took over the kickoff return duties. He misplayed the first kickoff of the game and it checked through the back of the end zone. The second, he let drop in front of him, bounce off his shins and then picked it up while it was still in play and took a knee in the end zone for a safety. Suddenly, Cobb’s worth was very apparent. “What happened, he misplayed the ball and the ball was in the field of play,” special teams coach Shawn Slocum said of the safety. “His body was in the end zone and he reached out and pulled the back to him. That play is all about the ball. If the ball is in the end zone, you can take the touchback; but if the ball is in the field of play, you can’t bring it back in the end zone. “And then he got confused because it looked to me like the referee blew the play dead without him continuing to play. So, we got the safety.” The wind was playing havoc with kicks Sunday, but made Cobb look even better. “I think it starts with his ability to track the ball and get it caught,” Slocum said. “You could see yesterday, we let one of the punts hit the ground and we got placed at the 5-yard line. Randall does a great job catching those balls and he’s very confident and he gets set up on it. “So, that’s where it all begins, and then his return ability is good and he’s been productive and I think it increases the level of play of the whole group.” “ I think it’s pretty evident. Randall’s done a good job. He’s had a couple turnovers this year but, outside of that, I think he’s done an excellent job in terms of ball security and making decisions and he’s got a lot of opportunities to do it.”  

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