Aaron Rodgers reacts to Randall Cobb leaving Green Bay Packers
On Wednesday, Packers quarterback took to Instagram to express his thoughts on Cobb’s departure.
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“I have to remind myself that some birds aren't meant to be caged…And when they fly away, the part of you that knows it was a sin to lock them up does rejoice. Still, the place you live in is that much more drab and empty that they're gone. I guess I just miss my friend.” #friendship #teammates #brothers #Packers
Cobb is coming off of a 2018 campaign in which he played in just nine games due to a concussion, hauling in 38 receptions for 383 yards and a couple of touchdowns.
The 28-year-old, who played his collegiate football at the University of Kentucky, was originally selected by the Packers in the second round (64th pick overall) of the 2011 NFL Draft.
He appeared in 15 contests during his rookie season, catching 25 passes for 375 yards and a score. Then, the following year, Cobb broke out, snaring 80 balls for 954 yards while reaching the end zone eight times.
The Maryville, Tn. native was then limited to just six games in 2013 due to injuries, but the next season, Cobb had the best year of his career, registering 91 catches for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns en route to a Pro Bowl appearance.
While he is still a reliable pass-catcher, Cobb has been in steady decline ever since that terrific season. He went on to catch 79 balls for 826 yards and six scores in 2015, and the next two years, he finished with just over 600 yards each season.
The Packers went just 6-9-1 in 2018, marking the first time since 2006 that they had missed the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. Green Bay won just seven games in 2017, largely due to the fact that Rodgers missed most of the year with a broken collarbone.