It appears as if the Green Bay Packers are officially moving on from veteran wide receiver Randall Cobb. Undrafted free agent wide receiver Malik Heath from Mississippi has been assigned jersey number 18 according to the team’s website. Some fans and content creators have suggested on social media that Green Bay might bring back Cobb to help mentor the team’s group of first and second year wideouts. That does not seem to be the case.
Randall Cobb is a Green Bay Packers All-Time Great
Still an unrestricted free agent, Randall Cobb has accumulated 625 receptions for 7,585 yards, and 53 touchdowns in a 12-year NFL career. Of course, most of that production came as a member of the Packers, with whom he spent 10 of his 12 seasons and who drafted him in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft. In 10 seasons with Green Bay, he totaled 532 receptions for 6,316 yards, and 47 yards.
If this is the end of the line for Cobb in Green Bay, which it surely appears to be, he finishes 11th in franchise history in receiving yards, just 30 yards behind Max McGee who is 10th. His 532 receptions rank fifth in team history and his 47 touchdowns rank 10th. There is no doubt that he will eventually end up in the Packers Hall of Fame one day.
Of course, Cobb will always be remembered for his connection and relationship with Aaron Rodgers. Together, the two created numerous memories for Packers fans, especially against the Chicago Bears. After Cobb was not brought back by Green Bay following 2018 season, Rodgers famously campaigned the front office to trade for him again in 2020.
Despite the desire of many for Cobb to return in 2023, many assumed his fate would be the same as Rodgers’, in that the team would decide to move on following the season. With the addition of Jayden Reed in the second round, who is primarily known as a slot receiver, it all but spelled the end of Cobb’s second stint in Green Bay.
Who Is Malik Heath?
The new number 18 for the Packers is Malik Heath, who played for Ole Miss last season after two seasons at Mississippi State. Last season, Heath led his team with 60 receptions for 971 yards and five touchdowns. He was named Third-Team All-SEC and finished third in the conference in receiving yards.
An undrafted free agent, Heath has his work cut out for him if he is to make the 53-man roster. Green Bay has Christian Watson, Romeo Doubs, and Samori Toure from last year’s draft, as well as Bo Melton who was himself an undrafted free agent last year. In addition, they added Reed, Dontayvion Wicks, and Grant DuBose in this year’s draft.
What this Packers’ wide receiver room lacks in experience it certainly makes up for in youth. It has been years since the team has had a room so young. There will most definitely be growing pains, but it will be exciting to see how they grow and develop throughout the season.
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