Camp Countdown: 33 Days — Big Plays All Day

Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb didn't just put up big numbers but they made an incredible number of big plays last season.

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Breaking news: Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb had one heck of a season filled with game-breaking plays.

Beyond putting up big numbers as statistically the most dominant wide receiver duo in the NFL last season, they put up big plays at a dizzying rate.

Nelson and Cobb combined for 11 receptions of 40-plus yards. If Nelson and Cobb were a team, they would have tied for seventh in the league.

Team40-yard passing plays
Washington20
Green Bay (with Nelson, Cobb)15
Indianapolis15
Pittsburgh15
Philadelphia13
Dallas12
Nelson and Cobb11
Arizona11
Cleveland11
Denver11
Detroit11

Nelson and Cobb combined for 43 receptions of 20-plus yards last season. That would have tied several teams for 23rd in the NFL. Cobb had 24 receptions of 20-plus yards. Only Atlanta’s Julio Jones (31) and Denver’s Demaryius Thomas (25) had more. Nelson tied for 10th with 19.

“We have a great offense. We have a lot of weapons,” Cobb said. “Us spreading the ball out, it’s going to be hard to top what I did last year, but my mind-set is always to score every time I touch the ball. I’m going to do the best I can every time I touch it.”

On 40-yard receptions, Nelson had eight. Only Washington’s DeSean Jackson (13) had more. When it comes to 50-yard touchdowns, Nelson had a league-high five while Jackson was next with four. In fact, all of Nelson’s long touchdowns were from at least 60 yards — 80 yards vs. the Jets, 73 vs. the Bears, 66 vs. the Vikings, 64 vs. the Eagles and 60 vs. the Falcons.

“He's very athletic. He can run all the routes needed outside,” quarterback Aaron Rodgers said. “He's big-bodied and can go up and get the ball. But he's also agile enough and quick enough to be in the slot and make some plays there. So, he has all the tools you want in a receiver. He goes up and makes plays on the football and has great body control. He's intelligent. His success has not been a surprise; it's been year after year. The work he puts in and the consistency speaks for itself. His approach is very meticulous and his preparation's incredible.”


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