Saturday, February 23, 2013
Life after Jennings
By AJ Mass
The Green Bay Packers are getting ready for what their wide receiver lineup might be in the post-Donald Driver, post-Greg Jennings era. Driver has retired, and Jennings is expected to leave Wisconsin for warmer climes via free agency.
Although the team is not yet ready to say Jennings absolutely won't be back, hoping that if he can't find any takers at his high-asking price of $14 million that perhaps a deal at a lower price might still be reached, the reality of the situation is that the team has to look ahead to a Jennings-free future.
To that end, Mike McCarthy is expected to relieve Randall Cobb if his kick return duties in order to make sure he can devote all of his energies to running routes, catching passes and (hopefully) doing some Lambeau Leaps. As McCarthy told reporters on Friday, "Our special teams in a number of areas was about as good as we've played in our time there in Green Bay and Randall is a big part of that. I hope he's not playing (on special teams) next year."
Kevin Seifert End of days for Randall Cobb as a returner
" Cobb played 635 snaps last season on offense and another 138 on special teams for a total of 773 over 15 games. The game he missed, in the Week 17 loss to the Minnesota Vikings, was a result of an ankle sprain he suffered on a kick return the previous week. Cobb has three touchdown returns in two seasons on special teams, but he will enter 2013 as arguably the Packers' top offensive playmaker. That status almost requires a transition on special teams. You can't be everywhere."