Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) carries past New
Orleans Saints defensive back Marcus Ball (36) in the first half
of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Sunday, Oct. 26, 2014.
GREEN BAY — Randall
Cobb keeps finding the end zone for the Green Bay Packers. Soon
enough, it could lead to a big payday.
receiver is in the last season of his rookie contract after being
drafted in 2011. He loves Green Bay and shows no letup in proving he
can be a playmaker catching passes from Aaron Rodgers.
Cobb, who has nine
touchdowns in eight games to lead NFL receivers, said he doesn't think
about his contract status. The Packers don't seem too worried, either.
"I guess we'll
have to wait and see," Cobb said Thursday when asked whether he
was setting himself up nicely for a future deal.
A few lockers away,
fellow receiver Jordy Nelson let out a hearty laugh.
Nelson signed a $39
million, four-year extension on the first day of training camp in
July. He has been worth every penny so far, with 50 catches for 737
yards and six touchdowns as Rodgers' top target in Green Bay's
Cobb has been nearly
as productive with 40 catches and 578 yards. Always a threat in space,
Cobb has also developed a knack for making plays in tight quarters in
the red zone.
Rodgers said it's all
about finding the right matchups.
Randall have had a lot of targets go their way. They've been open a
lot," Rodgers said. "We've kind of manipulated some
formations to try to get them in the ... first or second spot as far
as the progression goes."
Cobb was especially
hard on himself after Green Bay's 19-7 loss on Sept. 21 at Detroit,
which dropped the Packers to 1-2. He was held without a score on three
catches for 29 yards.
He has been a regular
in the end zone ever since, with six touchdowns in the last five
games. He has 26 catches for 452 yards during that five-game stretch.
"He brings that
blue-collar, workmanlike attitude when he goes out on the practice
field and tries to make the most out of each and every
opportunity," receivers coach Edgar Bennett said. "The thing
I really love about him also is the fact that 'good' is not enough. He
wants to be great, and he works at it."
Sunday's opponent, the Chicago Bears. In his last three games against
Green Bay's division rival, Cobb has 15 catches for 283 yards and four
Cobb had seven grabs
for 113 yards and two scores in a 38-17 win over the Bears in
September. In the 2013 regular-season finale in Chicago, Cobb had two
scoring receptions, including a memorable 48-yarder from Rodgers on
fourth down with 38 seconds left to help Green Bay win 33-28 and take
the NFC North title.
"I don't know if
we play at a higher level, but we have been more efficient here as of
late against the Bears," Cobb said.
But otherwise, no
extra motivation against them — or at least that's what Cobb is
"I mean, it's
another game for me," Cobb said. "I just continue to try to
play the best I can to help this team out any way I can."
Keep up the
production and the Packers figure to be rewarding Cobb handsomely.
guards Josh Sitton (toe) and T.J. Lang (ankle) missed practice again,
though coach Mike McCarthy said he would feel very comfortable playing
both veterans without practice time. Lang said he had some ligament
and muscle damage, which made the injury more than a typical sprained
left ankle. "That's obviously something you have to think about,
is weigh the options and not getting better for the rest of the season
and be kind of that 60-70 percent, whatever it is, or just waiting a
couple of weeks and being 80-90 percent," Lang said. "That'd
be my biggest fear is having a setback and missing a couple more