GREEN BAY, WIS. (AP) - Although it’s rare for a rookie to carry himself with the quiet brand of confidence Randall Cobb has shown in his short time with Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers has seen it before.
“From the moment he got here, he had a different air about him,” Rodgers said. “It was like Greg Jennings when Greg came in in 2006. There was just something different about him. He was a rookie, he was respectful, but he kind of walked around and carried himself like a veteran without being the kind of rookie that you think needs to grow up a little bit. He just had that class about him, that maturity.”
Cobb, a second-round draft pick out of Kentucky, caught his first career touchdown pass in the first quarter of last Thursday’s opener, a spectacular 32-yard catch-and-run that ended with a dive into the end zone.
He added another score in the third quarter, taking a kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown. That tied an NFL record, and was the Packers‘ first touchdown on a kickoff return since 2000.
Cobb’s big night is a continuation of the success he had early in training camp and the preseason, before he missed some time with knee bruises.
He’s trying to stay humble _ and yes, he realizes humility is not a trait found in many elite wide receivers.
“Yeah, that’s how a lot of guys are,” Cobb said Wednesday. “But like I said, I’m different. I try to be my own person.”
Along those lines, Cobb acknowledged immediately after Thursday’s game that both his scoring plays were the result of mistakes: He ran the wrong route on his touchdown catch and should have taken a touchback on his kickoff return.
Cobb expected to hear it from his coaches.
“I didn’t get that bad of comments,” Cobb said, smiling. “But at the same time, I know that I made mistakes. At a crucial time in the game if I make those mistakes and I get covered, I bust the whole play and I mess up a whole play. So it’s very important that I continue to work to get better and keep learning.”
The decision? A minus. The assignment? Also a minus.
And the technique?