Cobb looks to take game to next level
The contract is in place, but Randall Cobb knows his work is far from over.
After parlaying his career year into a long-term deal with the Green Bay Packers, the 24-year-old wants to take his game to the next level.
Cobb played in all 18 games (including playoffs) and recorded 1,287 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns during the regular season. The Packers rewarded him with a four-year, $40 million extension, including a $13 million signing bonus.
With the team's offseason program officially underway, Cobb realizes that increased income comes with increased expectations. He set a standard last season. It's the 5-foot-10, 192-pound receiver's job to surpass it.
"I hope so. That's what I'm shooting for," Cobb said. "I've never been satisfied in my life and I don't plan on starting right now. Continue to push myself to be the best player I can be for this team and do everything I can to help us get to a Super Bowl."
The Packers have used Cobb in almost every way imaginable the past three years whether it's lining him up in the slot, on the perimeter or in the backfield. He's developed into a matchup nightmare for opposing defenses, which likely played a role in the interest he generated this offseason from other NFL clubs.
In the end, Cobb chose to return to Green Bay where he's formed a record-breaking tandem with fellow receiver Jordy Nelson. There's also familiarity with MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers at the controls of the offense, a role that likely will expand in the wake of the changes coach Mike McCarthy has made to the offense.
McCarthy made waves at the start of the offseason when he relinquished play-calling duties to offensive coordinator Tom Clements, who was promoted to the offense's associate head coach. Cobb's former receivers coach, Edgar Bennett, was then tabbed to replace Clements as coordinator.
Cobb is excited about the offense's new direction, which includes quarterbacks coach Alex Van Pelt also overseeing the receivers. As head coach Mike McCarthy outlined Monday, the team's goal is about chasing championships.
Cobb sees the modifications as another step toward making that happen.
"I think it will be great," Cobb said. "I think that the moves that he made was for the better of the team. He felt that it was his call to make and he made it. I think we're all looking forward to see how it's all going to work out. I think it's definitely going to be for the best. I think we're all excited about it."
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