GREEN BAY – If there isn’t already a Randall Cobb fan club, Aaron Rodgers made a pitch for founding one – or being named president if it’s already in existence.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback raved Tuesday during his weekly radio show on 540 ESPN and ESPNWisconsin.com that the second-year wide receiver, whom Packers general manager Ted Thompson picked in the second round from Kentucky last year, is destined for greatness in Green Bay.
“Randall Cobb is probably going to go down as one of the best picks in Ted Thompson’s career, if not the best,” Rodgers said of Cobb, who caught seven passes for 102 yards in the Packers’ 42-24 victory over Houston on Sunday night. “I think to get him where we got him, the kind of person that he is, the approach that he has, his knowledge of the game, what he adds to the team, his locker room presence – he is a personnel and a coach’s dream. And, he’s a lot of fun to play with. He really understands the offense well, he makes second reaction plays that are very intelligent and he’s fun to play with.”
Cobb, who enters Sunday’s game at St. Louis ranked second on the team in receptions (29) and receiving yards (346) behind Jordy Nelson, reminds many people – including Rodgers – of two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Greg Jennings and the way he carried himself as a 2006 second-round pick.
“He’s very intelligent and deliberate about his preparation. He understands soft spots in zones; he’s very detailed in his route running,” Rodgers said of Cobb. “He and Greg were both very similar when they came in. I still remember the first day that Greg was here in 2006, he ran a comeback outside, and it was just the most mature route I’d seen from a first-year player. Obviously I was just a second-year player, but you look back and go, ‘Man, that guy was really detailed in his routes.’ The professionalism that Greg took to the team as a young player was so refreshing and surprising, because he just carried himself in a way that it was very respectful and classy, but also that he belonged. He had enough confidence in himself.
“I hadn’t seen that with any player until Randall. Randall came in last year again very respectful and classy, but with that kind of edge like, ‘I belong here. This isn’t too big for me.’ And it’s not that every player who comes in is overwhelmed, but you just don’t see that class and that respect and that confidence from a young player. Greg and Randall, I’ve just never seen anybody who just got it like those two guys and there’s no question why they’re such talented players.”
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