Youth leader

Amid significant change, Randall Cobb is once again a leader and mainstay for Packers

GREEN BAY — Randall Cobb has been through a lot of changes in recent years.

From leaving the Packers, joining the Cowboys, moving to the Texans, returning to Green Bay…now 2022 has arrived and while it may not be moving, the change continues.

Longtime teammate Davante Adams started from the receiver room, along with Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown. Veteran Sammy Watkins has arrived, but aside from fourth-year pro Allen Lazard, the rest of the position group consists of players with two years or less in the NFL, as well as several rookies likely to arrive soon.

But Cobb has been around long enough to remain unfazed by anything that feels evolving. After all, he was here in 2018 when Jordy Nelson was released, the Packers drafted three receivers and then didn’t bring him back the following year.

He is a seasoned and accomplished professional who knows how to adapt, manage young players and focus on the here and now.

“I mean, every year it’s a different team,” Cobb said Wednesday, three days into the Packers’ offseason training schedule. “You have to understand a lot of different things every season in this league. Nothing is taken for granted, nothing is certain. There are a lot of moving parts.”

The newest plays will soon be on board via the draft, and Cobb — along with Lazard and Watkins — will be counting on them to show them the ropes of the NFL.

Cobb entered the league 11 years ago under unusual circumstances. The players were locked out during a labor dispute in the offseason, so as Kentucky’s second-round pick, he couldn’t start learning the playbook until training camp.

But whatever the timeline, that’s where it all starts for young receivers – the playbook – before any energy can be spent on the nuances of professional play.

“Once you learn the attack, you gain confidence and you have more confidence and understanding, then you can start focusing on other things,” he said. “You can start focusing on your technique, your journey and being able to deal with that. So it’s just a learning curve, how fast can you take the offense and then take the next step ?”