GREEN BAY — Randall Cobb is about four months older than Packers rookie wide receiver Jared Abbrederis. Cobb is going into his fourth NFL season.
“It’s crazy to think I’m going into my fourth year,” said Cobb. “It’s been an exciting run. I look forward to creating a lot more memories.”
At 23, Cobb is the same age as a number of Packers rookies – he’s actually younger than Demetri Goodson, the cornerback Green Bay picked in the second round; though Goodson played college basketball before transferring to Baylor to play football.
Cobb is a veteran, though assuredly not old. The receiver spoke with FOX 11 after taping a recent episode of “Inside the Huddle.” A guy that credits much of his success to departed mentors like Donald Driver and James Jones says he is ready to help guide the three wide receivers the Packers picked up in the draft.
“It’s all about competition and having that competitive nature about us, at the same time it’s all about helping each other grow, to be the best core group we can be,” said Cobb.
Cobb is also looking forward to a healthy season. He missed 10 regular season games in 2013 with a leg injury, returning for the season finale at Chicago and the playoff game against San Francisco. Saying he feels good, like he’s “back to the old me,” Cobb says he and quarterback Aaron Rodgers have something in common: they’re both looking to make up for lost time.
“[Aaron and I] had conversations about it,” said Cobb. “I think that it really took us back to how much we love this game. Not being able to be a part of the team last year. We were on the team, but we didn’t really feel a part of the team. I expect for [Aaron] to have a huge year.”
Cobb is already hard at work getting better during the team’s offseason program. He tried yoga with cornerback Tramon Williams last year and is incorporating it more into his workout routine. He’s also studying tape of wide receivers Jerry Rice and Isaac Bruce.
“Really focusing on route running,” said Cobb. “The little things, the little details. Continuing to lift and become more explosive.”
Cobb is entering the final year of his rookie contract. He reiterated what he said in an NFL.com article that he would like to have a new deal done before the season, but is not preoccupied with the process. He says he looks forward to being a leader on the Packers offense.
“A lot of eyes are looking at me,” said Cobb, “I have to look at myself in the mirror. I know exactly who I am. I have to show and just continue to do the things I’ve been doing. Just try to be a role model and influence to the younger guys coming in.”