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Randall Cobb of the Packers goes back in time in London

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Going into Sunday, there have been just six instances in Randall Cobb’s career — a career that now has 147 games played — where he’s seen at least 13 targets.

Most recently was December 17, 2017, when Aaron Rodgers was back in the lineup for the first time since October following a broken collarbone. He hauled seven of those targets for 84 yards and a touchdown while Rodgers’ highlight of the day was the three interceptions he threw in an attempt to rally the Packers in the NFC playoff race.

Cobb, now 32, was one of the only bright spots on Sunday’s Packers offense at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. His efforts were essentially in vain as the Packers failed to muster any points in the second half – except for the deliberate safety of Jamie Gillan in an attempt to clear the clock which offered them two points – for the second. times this season. It’s certainly not at the expense of Cobb, who finished the day just south of triple-digit receiving distance on seven catches.

Among team pass catchers with at least 10 targets through the first four games of the season, Cobb led the pack in receiving yards. His quarterback, Aaron Rodgersstressed during the week that Cobb deserved more chances in the target share, because “Every time he touches the ball, something good happens for us.”

This was undeniably the case on Sunday. Cobb’s reliability as an outlet for Rodgers helped the offense take an immediate 17-3 lead. Rodgers’ second pass attempt of the day was a 35-yard completion for Cobb on third-and-8, giving the veteran six third-down conversions this season. Even despite Rodgers pressing the issue, getting Cobb the football was never a manufactured concept; the head coach Matt LaFleur said it happened in the course of the game.

“I think it happened a bit naturally,” he said, “we took advantage of that. We thought he had won a few games and unfortunately we didn’t give him the ball enough, obviously. .”

Randall Cobb maneuvers after the catch against the Giants. (Photo: USA TODAY Sports)

Five of Cobb’s receptions and 76 of his yards came in the first half before the Packers’ offense hit his wall. They opened the second half with a seven-play, 46-yard drive that resulted in Dexter Lawrence sacking Rodgers and knocking the Packers out of field goal range. On the ensuing offensive possession, they went to three. Cobb was targeted twice in that span with just one catch from 14 yards: a dragging reception along the sideline that LaFleur had to challenge after initially being deemed incomplete.

“I’ve been telling you all of this for the past few weeks. I feel great,” Cobb said. “I would have preferred to have a victory rather than a good performance.”

Facing a third-and-one in the red zone, Cobb was on the receiving end of one of Rodgers’ two pass attempts. Both were downed at the line of scrimmage, turning the ball around and allowing the Giants to work 11 seconds near the clock.

It’s become apparent that Cobb’s presence, even in a rotational role, is paramount to the Packers’ offense. He is tied for second on the team in receptions with Robert Tonyan and leads in receiving yards. He’s also second in yards after catch — his 126 yards closely trail rookie Romeo Doubs’ 132.

After leaving last year’s win over the Rams with what was later diagnosed as a core muscle injury, Cobb picked up where he left off – he was in the middle of his best performance ever. year with four catches, 95 yards and a touchdown.

It’s only fair that Cobb once again becomes the same security blanket for Rodgers that he was throughout his career in Green Bay. After all, it was Rodgers who facilitated a trade for Cobb last summer when the Packers sent a sixth-round pick to the Texans in exchange for the reunion.

Zachary Jacobson is a writer for Packer Report and 247Sports. He is entering his eighth season with the Green Bay Packers. Follow him on Twitter @itszacharyj or contact him by email at [email protected].