Randall Cobb
Randall Cobb
29-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Houston Texans
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Cobb had a good year in Dallas - 15.1 YPC, 10.0 YPT - and parlayed it into a three-year $27 million deal with the Texans, a surprisingly big haul for a 30-year old who hasn't seen 100 targets since 2015. Cobb functions best in the slot where he uses his 4.46 40 speed and good quickness to make plays over the middle of the field. With DeAndre Hopkins gone, Deshaun Watson will need a go-to receiver, and Cobb will usually be the one closest to him. But Brandin Cooks and Kenny Stills can also play in the slot, and both players as well as Will Fuller are faster and more explosive. That said, Cooks has a history of concussions, and Fuller has a long and varied injury history, so chances are Cobb - especially given his contract - will have a significant role. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a three-year, $27 million contract with the Texans in March of 2020.
Part of four-deep WR group
WRHouston Texans
April 10, 2020
Cobb is part of a deep receiving corps that now includes Brandin Cooks, in addition to holdovers Will Fuller (sports hernia) and Kenny Stills, ESPN.com's Sarah Barshop reports.
ANALYSIS
Bill O'Brien seems to have completed an offseason remake that started with the trade sending out DeAndre Hopkins and a 2020 fourth-round pick in exchange for David Johnson, a 2020 second-rounder and a 2021 fourth-rounder. Cobb signed with Houston shortly after the trade was agreed upon, parlaying his rebound 2019 campaign with the Cowboys into a three-year, $27 million contract with their in-state rivals. The deal should ensure Cobb of a sizable role, but Stills also has considerable experience playing the slot, and both may struggle to get snaps outside if Fuller and Cooks can actually manage to stay healthy. The situation hints at an even distribution of targets, though an injury or another trade could significantly alter the projection.
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How do Randall Cobb's 2019 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
52.6
 
Air Yards Per Snap
1.08
 
% Team Air Yards
14.5%
 
% Team Targets
14.3%
 
Avg Depth of Target
9.5 Yds
 
Catch Rate
66.3%
 
Drop Rate
12.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
6.4
 
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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
192 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 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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Credits improved hamstring strength
WRHouston Texans
March 27, 2020
Cobb, who recently agreed to sign with the Texans, said he felt better in 2019 than he had in previous seasons, getting good results after he strengthened his hamstrings, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
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Inking deal with Houston
WRDallas Cowboys
March 16, 2020
Cobb agreed to terms on a three-year, $27 million contract with the Texans on Monday, James Jones of NFL Network reports.
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Could re-sign in Dallas
WRDallas Cowboys
February 26, 2020
First-year Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy said he's hopeful that Dallas re-signs Cobb during the offseason, Jon Machota of The Athletic reports.
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Reuniting with Mike McCarthy?
WRDallas Cowboys
February 18, 2020
Cobb is more likely to re-sign with Dallas after the hiring of head coach Mike McCarthy, who previously worked with the slot receiver in Green Bay, ESPN.com's Todd Archer reports.
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Solid first season in Dallas
WRDallas Cowboys
January 1, 2020
Cobb wrapped up the 2019 season with 55 catches on 83 targets for 828 yards and three touchdowns over 15 games.
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