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Notebook: Cobb's special teams role may end

9:18 PM, Feb. 22, 2013
Along with leading the NFL in all-purpose yardage last season (2,342), Randall Cobb led the Packers with 954 receiving yards and added eight receiving touchdowns before injuring an ankle on a punt in Week 16 that held him out of the finale. File/Gannett Wisconsin Media
Along with leading the NFL in all-purpose yardage last season (2,342), Randall Cobb led the Packers with 954 receiving yards and added eight receiving touchdowns before injuring an ankle on a punt in Week 16 that held him out of the finale. File/Gannett Wisconsin Media
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Randall Cobb's time as the Green Bay Packers' primary kickoff and punt returner may be drawing to a close.

Coming off the 22-year-old's breakthrough offensive campaign in 2012, Packers coach Mike McCarthy said on Friday he's leaning toward pulling the wide receiver off special teams even though Cobb has been the focal point of the unit for the past two seasons.

Since drafting Cobb in the second round in 2011, the Packers jumped from 29th to 12th in the Dallas Morning News' special teams rankings with Cobb contributing to a unit that's registered better than 24.0 yards per kickoff return in each ...

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