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Cobb hopes to play Friday, reduce drops in 2013

Aug. 8, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb warms up during training camp practice at Ray Nitschke Field on Thursday.  H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb warms up during training camp practice at Ray Nitschke Field on Thursday. H. Marc Larson/Press-Gazette Media

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Green Bay Packers receiver Randall Cobb kept things light during Thursday’s walk-through, but hopes to be back on the field for Friday's preseason opener against Arizona.

After sustaining a bicep injury during practice earlier this week, the third-year receiver was back in shells to take part in some individual work and on-field exercises.

There’s no certainty outside of words at this point, but it constituted a small victory for a team that lost veteran Jordy Nelson for the rest of the preseason after he underwent a knee surgery on Monday.

“I’m prepared to play,” Cobb said. “I think I’m able to play if that’s what they decide to do. I don’t know what the plan is right now.”

If Cobb is able to make it back for a series or two with the first-team offense, it’s no secret what he’ll be looking to correct.

In 2012, Cobb had a team-high 11 drops on 91 catchable targets, according to Pro Football Focus. That drop rate of 12.1 percent was the eighth highest among receivers who played at least 50 percent of their team’s offensive snaps.

It was really the only blemish on an otherwise stellar season as he led the NFL with 2,342 all-purpose yards and developed into the team’s leading receiver (80 catches, 954 yards and eight touchdowns).

This year, the 22-year-old receiver will be counted on more with Greg Jennings leaving for a five-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings, but he’s still perfecting his catching ability. During one practice last week, Cobb dropped a pair of passes, first in one-on-one drills and then an 11-on-11 pass from Aaron Rodgers after gaining separation on a seam route.

“Definitely that’s a big emphasis. I’ve had a few during camp but that’s part of it as far as that’s my primary job. My job is to catch the ball when it’s thrown my way and I haven’t done a great job over this camp and I’m continuing to work on it.”

So what do you do to work on it?

“Catch the ball,” Cobb said. “It’s what it comes down to.”

whodkiew@pressgazettemedia.com and follow him on Twitter @WesHod.

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