Green Bay Packers fans were pleased when the team found a way to keep free agent Randall Cobb on the team. It keeps the 1-2 receiving combination of Jordy Nelson and Cobb intact for another season (and more).
But did you know that Cobb’s ability to run the ball is one of the most unknown stats in the NFL? From my just-completed book, “250 Stats Every Packers Fan Needs to Know,” here’s stat #55…
“Did you know that Packers receiver Randall Cobb is among the best in NFL history when it comes to running the ball? Of players who have carried the ball 25 or more times in their career, Cobb has averaged 9.3 yards per carry (27 carries for 252 yards). That ranks fifth all-time. Louis Lipps has the best yards-per-carry average in NFL history with 13.9. Cobb is one of only seven players in NFL history with a per carry average over nine yards. Cobb obviously leads the Packers in that category with his 9.3 average. Ranking second is James Lofton (7.9 yards per carry), followed by Donald Driver (6.4 yards per carry) and Joe Francis (6.1 yards per carry).”
Cobb had 11 carries last season for only 37 yards, a mediocre 3.3 yards per carry average. But the team may want to find creative ways to get him the ball in a running play much like they did in 2012 and 2013 when he carried the ball 14 times for 210 yards, an average of 15 yards per carry.
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