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Packers Injury Update: Expectations are high for Randall Cobb

By on 6/26/2014 09:11:00 AM

Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb was headed for a big season in 2013, with 25 receptions through the first four games, but a broken leg in the fifth game sidelined him for 10 games before he returned to action in Week 17. Now fully healthy, expectations are high for Cobb and Vic Ketchman of the team's official website thinks he could lead the league in receptions this year.

Cobb was on pace for exactly 100 catches early last year, and prediction of a bit more production is not far-fetched with James Jones gone in free agency and an expanded role in store this year. Pierre Garcon of the Washington Redskins led the league in receptions last year with 113, and the league leader in receptions has routinely been well over 100 as the league's offenses have become more pass-oriented over the last decade or so.

Cobb's injury came a few weeks before quarterback Aaron Rodgers was sidelined for essentially eight games by a left collarbone injury, so his reception pace may have fallen off significantly even if he had stayed healthy. Under the assumption he and Rodgers both stay healthy, Cobb is in line for 100-plus receptions this year even if he doesn't ultimately finish as the league leader.

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