Rand: Packers WR Cobb has the dropsies again
- Blog Post by: Michael Rand
- August 2, 2013 - 2:55 PM
We'll get into the spirit of RandBallsStu (branding!) with this link from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. With Greg Jennings gone to the rival Vikings and the security blanket Donald Driver retiring, Randall Cobb's case of the dropsies is bad news for Green Bay and its tippy-toed QB:
The Green Bay Packers wide receiver may be a rising star, a future All-Pro. But one problem from 2012 has spilled into the first week of training camp — the occasional bout of butterfingers.
Cobb? Drops? (Mike) McCarthy swats the question away.
"Randall Cobb catches the football very well," McCarthy said. "He might drop a ball. I don't know if there's a concern. But it's something we spend a lot of time on. We need to catch the football better....I've never been part of a perimeter group that accepts anything less than being 100 percent, and that's what we're striving for.
"As far as Randall Cobb's evaluation of catching the football, he has very good hands."
Good enough hands to warrant continuous praise from Aaron Rodgers. The quarterback believes Cobb can be "a 100-catch guy." But for that to happen — year in, year out — Cobb will need to cut down his drops. Last season, according to statistics kept by the Journal Sentinel, Cobb had a team-high 10 dropped passes.
Through camp, the 5-foot-10, 192-pounder already has dropped at least four in competitive drills.
On Wednesday and Thursday, he muffed the first pass thrown to him in the receiver-friendly one-on-one drills against cornerbacks. And after Thursday's drop, in the next period, a wide-open Cobb couldn't handle a catchable ball from Rodgers on a seam route, prompting one nearby fan to shout, "Alligator arms!
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