This isn’t to suggest Randall Cobb’s career is finished. His career with the Green Bay Packers looks like it’s finished after this season, however.
Cobb has been consistently sidelined or playing through some sort of injury for the past three seasons. He missed three games in 2016, one in 2017 and has already missed three this season.
That’s strike one.
Cobb hasn’t come anywhere near his production of 2014, his last contract year, since. In 2014, Cobb went for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns. His highs since then — 829 yards and six touchdowns, both in 2015.
That’s strike two.
Meanwhile, the Packers seem to have found other weapons at the receiver position. Davante Adams has become the team’s clear-cut No. 1. Now, rookies Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown have started to earn regular playing time. Geromino Allison also appears to have passed Cobb on the depth chart.
That’s probably strike three.
The loss to the Los Angeles Rams in week 8 was pretty telling. Valdes-Scantling was second in receiver snaps to Adams. The rookie had 31 snaps to Adams’ 40. Third on that totem pole was Allison with 30. Cobb had 24.
In that same game, Adams led the way with five catches for 133 yards. Valdes-Scantling caught two for 45 yards and had the Packers’ only receiving touchdown. Cobb was next with four catches for 40 yards, but his average per catch suggests perhaps he’s lost a step. In a meager six snaps, St. Brown still managed to catch two balls for 31 yards.
Let’s go back to that yards per catch. Cobb is averaging 11.1 through seven games. Not what you’d expect from someone who used to be one the Packers most explosive players.
Not only does it seem Cobb has lost some explosiveness. It also seems Aaron Rodgers is happy to look to Valdes-Scantling and St. Brown just as often, if not more often, than Cobb.
As you probably know, Cobb is currently in a contract year. Thus far, he’s done nothing that suggests the Packers need to re-sign him.
Surely, there’s a home for Cobb with Jon Gruden and the Oakland Raiders, though.