GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Wildcat formation was a couple of weeks in the making, but Green Bay Packers receiver Randall Cobb had angled for it his whole NFL career.
“I’ve been waiting on it for seven years,” Cobb said. “It was fun to be back there a little bit.”
It might be seven more before the former University of Kentucky quarterback gets another chance to take a direct snap. He did it three times in Sunday against the Bears and the results were underwhelming — runs for minus-1, 6 and 3 yards.
“We’ve got some work to do with that,” Cobb said. “We didn’t line up correctly a couple times. We didn’t execute the play like we wanted to a couple times. So if we’re going to continue to do that, then we’ve got to clean it up a little bit.”
It’s something coach Mike McCarthy and offensive coordinator Edgar Bennett put into the plan after Aaron Rodgers broke his collarbone last month. They finally decided to give it a try against the Bears.”I love it,” Cobb said. “That’s all I did in college, so that’s right up my arsenal.”
Maybe they should just let Cobb throw it. He’s attempted one pass in his NFL career — an incompletion. He played a hybrid role of quarterback-receiver at Kentucky. He threw five career touchdown passes (and five interceptions).
“We did the Wildcat; that was like 40 percent of our offensive production,” Cobb said.
Cobb had one other run on a traditional toss play from quarterback Brett Hundley and totaled just 8 yards rushing on four attempts. His biggest impact against the Bears came as a receiver with three catches for 52 yards, including a 38-yard catch-and-run to convert a third-and-5 on the first drive of the game, which resulted in a field goal.
“Randall by far is one of the toughest guys I’ve ever been around,” Bennett said. “He’s sharp … He has a great awareness, his knowledge of the game, his preparation is off the charts. He does an outstanding job. And then you go back and look at that very first third-down conversion: He goes, runs a good route, breaks a tackle.
“And that’s what we’ve always been talking about as far as breaking tackles creates a big-play opportunity. You break a tackle and it ends up with a [38-yard] gain. That’s what it’s about. Tremendous versatility … put the ball in guys like that hands and good things happen.”