(WFRV) Burke's Blog: Cobb Playing Through Pain
One week ago Aaron Rodgers said “I think this receiving corps is the deepest I've seen in nine years in a training camp”. At this point, it better be. Greg Jennings is long gone after being "brainwashed" by the Packers. Donald Driver is teaming up with Target to help out schools in his retirement. Jordy Nelson is out until around the beginning of the regular season. And now Randall Cobb is having some arm issues. That leaves James Jones as the only real veteran WR at this point. That also opens the door for several young players to make a name for themselves.
Cobb has done a decent job of hiding his recent bicep injury, but at the end of Tuesdays practice it was obvious that he is playing through pain. The young and talented wide receiver took part in most drills, and at this point of training camp it would be wise to shut down one of the Packers big playmakers until he is ready to go. Cobb is a competitor of the highest degree, and when that fire burns it's difficult to put it out. But losing him for any length of time will seriously hamper Green Bay's effectiveness on offense. Cobb is a special player with the ability to completely change how defense's adjust their coverage schemes. He can line up just about anywhere on the field and instantly create a mismatch and often draw a double team. When asked about the pain Cobb said "I'm dealing with that, The hardest part for me is that I'm a tough guy. I don't like missing practice. I'm trying to be smart and tough, and that's a little bit difficult for me. I understand I have some limitations and have to be smart about it, but it's difficult." When asked in hindsight if he should have been out there at practice, Cobb bluntly said "No".
If Jarrett Boykin and Jeremy Ross are ready to meet the challenge that lies ahead, there could be plenty of footballs thrown their way in the near future, especially agianst the Rams on Saturday night. Rookie WR Tyrone Walker from Illinois State had his share of moments to shine against the Cardinals in the preseason opener, and if he has the same kind of performance in St. Louis, he might have a legitmate chance to make the roster. 2013 seventh round draft picks Kevin Dorsey and Charles Johnson haven't done much as of yet, but when you throw in a few other guys like Alex Gillett and Omarius Hines ------ Aaron Rodgers could be throwing to plenty of jersey numbers you haven't seen much of in the past.