Randall Cobb
Randall Cobb
30-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Houston Texans
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Cobb's no longer the high production wideout he was with the Packers, but he's carved out a role as a dependable third receiver that plays primarily in the slot. As part of a team that threw a lot - Houston ranked seventh in pass-attempt percentage last year - Cobb was a weekly target and caught nearly four catches per game before suffering a Week 10 toe injury that ended his season early. With changes anticipated in 2021 - the biggest being the likely absence of quarterback Deshaun Watson and the departure wide receiver Will Fuller - it's uncertain how targets will be distributed. Cobb currently sits second on the depth chart, although the Texans added several bodies more suited to playing the X or Z receiver positions. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $27 million contract with the Texans in March of 2020.
Should have guaranteed role in 2021
WRHouston Texans
May 31, 2021
Cobb enters offseason training as one of three returning members of the 2020 wideout group.
ANALYSIS
Cobb joins Brandin Cooks and Keke Coutee as the primary incumbent wide receivers for the Texans, who brought in several veterans and rookie third-rounder Nico Collins to compete for jobs in what is expected to be an overhauled passing offense in 2021. For starters, quarterback Deshaun Watson may not be around due to his desire to be traded and off-field legal entanglements. They also let Will Fuller walk in free agency, leaving Cooks and Cobb as players with assured roles. While Cooks can work outside and inside, Cobb is a slot receiver, where the less experienced Coutee could cut into some of his reps. Still, Cobb has a large dead-cap hit ($10.3 million) if Houston makes him a post-June 1 cut, so it likely behooves the team to keep him around and involved with so much invested in the 10-year pro.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Randall Cobb's 2020 advanced stats compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Air Yards Per Game
31.4
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.85
 
% Team Air Yards
6.8%
 
% Team Targets
9.1%
 
Avg Depth of Target
6.5 Yds
 
Catch Rate
79.2%
 
Drop Rate
4.2%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
4.8
 
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Snap Distribution / Depth Chart
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Receiving Alignment Breakdown
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Randall Cobb's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 10"
 
Weight
195 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.46 sec
 
Shuttle Time
4.34 sec
 
Cone Drill
7.08 sec
 
Vertical Jump
33.5 in
 
Broad Jump
115 in
 
Bench Press
16 reps
 
Hand Length
9.38 in
 
Arm Length
31.00 in
 
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Cobb had a good year in Dallas - 15.1 YPC, 10.0 YPT - and parlayed it into a three-year $27 million deal with the Texans, a surprisingly big haul for a 30-year old who hasn't seen 100 targets since 2015. Cobb functions best in the slot where he uses his 4.46 40 speed and good quickness to make plays over the middle of the field. With DeAndre Hopkins gone, Deshaun Watson will need a go-to receiver, and Cobb will usually be the one closest to him. But Brandin Cooks and Kenny Stills can also play in the slot, and both players as well as Will Fuller are faster and more explosive. That said, Cooks has a history of concussions, and Fuller has a long and varied injury history, so chances are Cobb - especially given his contract - will have a significant role.
Cobb suited up for only nine games in his eighth and final season with the Packers due to a variety of injuries, averaging a career-low 6.3 yards per target and posting his worst overall numbers since he was a rookie. The 28-year-old hasn't played a full 16-game slate since 2015, but the Cowboys thought he still had enough left in the tank to sign him to a one-year deal. Cobb will replace Cole Beasley as the primary slot receiver for Dak Prescott, a role that's likely to entail less volume than he was used to seeing from Aaron Rodgers. Cobb routinely hit triple-digit targets in his heyday with Green Bay and was on pace for 108 last year, while Beasley never got more than 98 in a season for Dallas. If he's healthy, which is a big if at this stage of his career, Cobb could still provide useful numbers working underneath while Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup stretch the field. However, Cobb no longer is a big-play threat.
Cobb was once a dynamic player, capable of making big plays, but something changed between 2014 (10.1 YPT) and 2015 (6.4), and he's never been the same since. Last year, Cobb failed even to break 10 YPC for the first time in his career and had only seven catches of 20-plus yards on 92 targets. In fairness, he was missing Aaron Rodgers for half the year, but Cobb's numbers were more or less in line with those from 2015-2016. At 5-10, 192, and with 4.46 speed, Cobb is small and quick, runs good routes and has good hands. He's almost never used in the red zone anymore (only six targets there last year), and that's unlikely to change with Davante Adams around and 6-7 tight end Jimmy Graham replacing the departed Jordy Nelson on the roster. The good news is Rodgers will be back, and Cobb is the ostensible No. 2 wideout - Geronimo Allison and three Day 3 draft picks notwithstanding - so Cobb's overall volume could see a spike during his age-28 season.
Cobb bounced back to a degree from his abysmal 2015, but it was still a far cry from his 2012-2014 levels. Cobb averaged 7.3 YPT -- low even for a possession receiver -- and had only seven catches of 20-plus yards on 84 targets in the 13 games for which he suited up. At 5-10, 192, and with 4.46 40 speed, excellent quickness and sharp route running, Cobb is well suited to running short routes and being a safety valve for Aaron Rodgers. Once a frequent red-zone target, Cobb still saw some action there (14 looks in 13 games), but was a distant third on the Packers behind league-leader Jordy Nelson and Davante Adams. Cobb should reprise his role as slot receiver, but Adams' emergence and Nelson's return to health mean Cobb's likely third fiddle. In a Rodgers-led offense there are worse things to be, but Cobb's best days are behind him.
With Jordy Nelson out for the year, many assumed Randall Cobb would turn into Antonio Brown. But the opposite happened. Cobb actually saw the same number of targets as he had in 2014, but his per-play numbers plummeted – 14.1 YPC and 10.1 YPT in 2014 to 10.5 YPC and 6.4 YPT in 2015. Put differently, he went from being the league's second-most efficient receiver to it's third-least. At 5-10, 192, with a 4.46 40, Cobb is a speedy possession receiver who relies on quickness, route running and his rapport with Aaron Rodgers. But whether it was a lack of a reliable complementary target, the collapse of the running game or Rodgers' apparently gimpy knee, the two never got in sync. In fact, Cobb had only one 100-yard game, and that came in Week 2. With Nelson returning healthy this season, Cobb should reprise his role as second fiddle, and at 26, is still in the prime of his career. The Packers did next to nothing this offseason to address their receiver depth, (they signed tight end Jared Cook but let James Jones go), so Cobb's workload should be secure.
Had Cobb signed elsewhere this offseason, his name would be considerably farther down this list. Cobb's four-year deal with the Packers ensures he'll be one of Aaron Rodgers' top targets, making him the rare possession receiver with elite per-play efficiency and double-digit scoring potential. Cobb's 10.1 YPT placed him second among the league's 41 100-target receivers, thanks to his catching 72 percent of the passes thrown his way (2nd). Cobb tied for third in receptions of 20-plus yards (24) and finished fourth in red-zone targets with 27, only one fewer than teammate Jordy Nelson. For a smaller receiver, Cobb also saw plenty of work near the goal line with 13 inside-the-10 looks (5th) and seven from inside the five (T-4th). At 5-10, 192, Cobb's biggest assets are his speed (4.48 40), quickness and versatility — in addition to his 127 targets, both from the slot and occasionally on the outside, he also had 11 carries and returned 14 punts.
A broken right fibula essentially ended Cobb’s season after Week 5 (although he did return to catch two balls, both touchdowns, in Week 17 and had two more catches in the playoffs). Before the injury, he was as advertised, amassing 378 receiving yards and 78 more on the ground in four and a half games. Cobb also managed 14 yards per catch and 9.2 YPT, proving efficient as well as versatile. At 5-10, 192, Cobb’s main assets are his speed (4.46 40) and quickness, and the Packers take advantage of that by lining him up in different spots, handing him the ball on occasion and letting him return punts and kicks. While he’s not built for much red-zone work, he did see nine targets there during his shortened season, five of them from inside the 10, so he could score more touchdowns than the typical small receiver. That said, Cobb got those targets before rookie running back Eddie Lacy had gotten healthy and established himself, so the goal-line looks might not be as plentiful in 2014. Even so, Cobb is in a good situation as the team’s top possession receiver in an elite offense with Jordy Nelson the only established competition for targets.
While 2012 was the year of the big receiver, the 5-10, 192-pound Cobb had his breakout anyway. Cobb was the only Packer to eclipse 100 targets, and he tacked on 10 rushes and 132 yards on the ground for good measure in just 15 games. While Cobb served mostly as a possession receiver, averaging less than 12 YPC, he managed 9.2 YPT (10th) thanks to a ridiculous 77-percent catch rate. Cobb saw only eight red-zone targets last year (T-59th), and while he converted four for scores, it's likely he'll have to do most of his damage from long distance. Cobb did have 17 catches of 20-plus (T-11th), but zero of 40 or more, so we'd be surprised if he exceeded last year's eight TDs. Cobb's running skills give him extra value, and he even returned a punt for a score last year, too. But as quick, shifty and dynamic as he is, Cobb's going to need a sizeable uptick in looks to hang with the big targets atop the receiver board. In Green Bay, where Aaron Rodgers rarely locks in on one player, the odds are against it.
At 5-10, 192, and with only average long speed, Cobb doesn’t profile as your typical receiving prospect, but he’s extremely quick, has good hands, runs good routes and is fearless going over the middle of the field. The Packers used him primarily as a return man last year, but he averaged a huge 12.1 YPT the 31 times they called his number. With Donald Driver now 37, Cobb could slot in as the team’s fourth receiver early on, and James Jones isn’t good enough to prevent Cobb from a bigger role should he merit it. Cobb also had 1,236 return yards and brought a punt and a kick back to the house – something to keep in mind if your league counts return yardage.
Taken with the 64th overall pick, Cobb likely slots as a kick returner/4th receiver this year. At 5-11, 186, and with only decent speed, Cobb doesn’t profile as a potential star, but he gets up to speed quickly, changes directions on a dime, is fearless going over the middle and runs good routes. He’s also versatile and can line up as a running back or even a Wildcat quarterback if need be. Green Bay’s offensive environment is also ideal, so Cobb could have value if anything were to happen to Jordy Nelson or the aging Donald Driver.
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Unlikely to return this season
WRHouston Texans
Toe
December 14, 2020
Interim coach Romeo Crennel said Monday that there is "a good possibility" Cobb (toe) will not return in 2020, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.
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Contemplates not returning
WRHouston Texans
Toe
December 13, 2020
Cobb (toe) awaits further medical information and is considering not playing again in 2020, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Lands on IR
WRHouston Texans
Toe
November 25, 2020
The Texans placed Cobb (toe) on injured reserve Wednesday.
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Wants second opinion
WRHouston Texans
Toe
November 24, 2020
Cobb (toe) is seeking a second medical opinion, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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Could hit IR
WRHouston Texans
Toe
November 23, 2020
Cobb (toe) is in danger of being placed on injured reserve, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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