The Dallas Cowboys have made a move in NFL free agency and signed Randall Cobb to a one-year, $5 million deal. How will he impact the team?
The signing fills a need as the Cowboys had a hole to fill at the slot receiver position after losing Cole Beasley.
With the signing of Cobb in NFL free agency, the Cowboys are getting an experienced veteran receiver. In 8 seasons with the Green Bay Packers, Cobb racked up 470 receptions, 5,524 yards, and 41 touchdowns. Cobb’s best year came in 2014 when he was voted to the Pro Bowl. He had 91 catches for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns.
However, since his 2014 Pro Bowl campaign, Cobb’s production has declined. He has battled a series of injuries and only appeared in nine games last year.
Now, the 28-year-old finds himself in Dallas with a fresh start in a new offense. Green Bay wasn’t as heavily focused on the running game as the Cowboys are. But Cobb will surely have an important role.
Cobb will look to become the go-to target that Beasley was on third down. Furthermore, he can also stretch the field for the Cowboys, but he has more value running slants, outs, and moving the chains. His value as a possession receiver fits Dak Prescott‘s style.
He can definitely become the pest that opposing defenses simply don’t have an answer for on third down. Especially when the defense has to account for Amari Cooper, Ezekiel Elliott, and the returning Jason Witten, who will be big on third down in his own right.
Also, Cobb has the ability to take handoffs, return punts, and return kickoffs. That being said, I don’t expect the Cowboys to use Cobb as a returner. They have Tavon Austin to handle those responsibilities.
If Cobb is able to remain on the field, he will be a good acquisition in NFL free agency for the Cowboys. He won’t be as much of a focal point as he was with the Packers. However, this should help him stay on the field and increase his production. With Cobb in the fold, Witten returning, and Travis Frederick on the mend, the Cowboys looked poised to defend their division crown.