Packers WR Randall Cobb Dines at Red Zone Buffet

Why is Randall Cobb so dominant in the red zone? And just how dominant is he? We have the numerical and video evidence.

Randall Cobb stood at his locker following Monday night’s game, answering question after question.

Really, the only question of relevance was what’s for dinner.

“I’m trying to get out so I can find some food,” Cobb said with a smile. “I’m pretty hungry. I haven’t ate since like 2 o’clock.”

Cobb had just spent the past three-and-a-half hours devouring the Chiefs for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. He caught seven passes for 91 yards and a career-high three touchdowns.

In a league in which towering wide receivers and giant tight ends are prized possessions for their red-zone capabilities, the 5-foot-10 Cobb has become one of the NFL’s top goal-line weapons. The touchdowns against the Chiefs came on gains of 3, 4 and 4 yards.

“I don’t know,” a weary Cobb said. “I guess my quickness, being able to break free, get open and Aaron (Rodgers) being able to find me.”

Since the start of the 2014 season, Cobb has caught a league-high 12 touchdown passes of 10 yards or shorter. That’s three more than New England’s Rob Gronkowski and four more than Antonio Gates and Jimmy Graham. Those three are tight ends who stand at least 6 inches taller than Cobb.

“He’s open a lot, he really is,” Rodgers said.

The touchdowns against the Chiefs all came in similar fashion, with Rodgers throwing a pass parallel to the line of scrimmage and Cobb doing the rest. Well, he didn’t do the rest by himself. As the highlights show, Cobb got some help from his friends. That’s especially true on the second touchdown, as Cobb ran behind a dominant block from James Jones to score. Ty Montgomery (first touchdown) and Jeff Janis (third touchdown) weren’t quite as effective with their blocks, but Cobb scored, anyway.

“He understands the concepts we’re doing and the timing,” Rodgers said. “The windows are smaller down there in the red zone and it’s important that we find those soft spots and deliver an accurate ball. It’s about having very good accuracy down there and second-effort plays. He scored, kind of rolled through a guy on the quick one to the right and then kind of alluded a tackle there in the north end zone. Those are good plays by him, good adjustments and it takes all 11 for that play to happen.”

Through three games, Cobb has caught 20 passes for 245 yards and four touchdowns. In typical Cobb fashion, he has piled up yards after the catch, with his 125 YAC ranked eighth among all wide receivers, according to ProFootballFocus.com. Among receivers with at least 12 receptions (four per game), Cobb ranks 11th with a catch rate of 76.9 percent.

“Randall is just a heck of a football player,” coach Mike McCarthy said. “It's important for us to continue to find ways to get him the football, regardless of where we are on the field. He's just a complete player.”

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