Cobb’s persistence has opened the door for reps in return game

GREEN BAY, Wis. — One thing has been very clear about Randall Cobb heading into the 2017 season: he wants more touches.

Speaking with reporters following Friday’s training camp practice, the Green Bay Packers receiver was happy to learn coach Mike McCarthy will be giving him a chance to earn in-game reps in the return game.

“Punt return has always been a part of who I am as a player,” Cobb said. “That’s always been something that I’ve wanted to do. I asked about that last year and the year before, and I’m going to continue asking about it. I’m going to do everything I can to be back there.”

Cobb burst onto the scene in 2011 when he returned a season-opening kickoff 108 yards for a touchdown, setting a franchise record. He also added an 80-yard punt return touchdown that year, though his reps at either position have decreased since 2012. In fact, Cobb has only returned two kickoffs since 2012 and 25 punts.

But that’ll change in 2017 when he competes with youngster Trevor Davis, a second-year wide receiver out of California who ran a 4.42 second 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine. Perhaps the biggest hesitation to use Cobb on returns is health. Ever since a fractured fibula caused Cobb to miss 10 games in 2013, his role as a returner has remained minimal.

“Every injury I’ve had in this league has been from [playing] receiver, not returning,” Cobb explained. “This is a very violent game. I understand that. We take that risk every time we walk on the field, regardless of what position we’re at.”

As a junior at Kentucky in 2009, Cobb led the SEC with 28 punt returns. He was also tied for the conference lead in punt return touchdowns in 2010.

Packers release training camp schedule

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers announced their 2017 training camp schedule on Monday, with practices beginning on Jul. 27.

Practices (all at 8:15 a.m. CT)
Thursday, Jul. 27
Friday, Jul. 28
Saturday, Jul. 29
Sunday, Jul. 31
Monday, Aug. 1

The Packers will hold two night practices at 6:15 p.m. CT on Thursday, Aug. 3 and Friday, Aug. 4. The annual Family Night practice will take place at Lambeau Field on Saturday, Aug. 5.

Open Practices
Tuesday, Aug. 15 (12:15 p.m. CT)
Wednesday, Aug. 16 (11:45 a.m. CT)
Tuesday, Aug. 22 (12:15 p.m. CT)
Wednesday, Aug. 23 (11:45 a.m. CT)
Tuesday, Aug. 29 (11:45 a.m. CT)

Packers announce training camp schedule

Green Bay Packers press release:

Action Kicks Off Thursday, July 30, At 8:20 A.M.

The Green Bay Packers today announced the schedule for 2015 Packers Training Camp, Presented by Bellin Health. As in the past, practices are scheduled to take place at Ray Nitschke Field and Packers Family Night will be at Lambeau Field.

With a theme of “Back to Football,” training camp kicks off with an 8:20 a.m. practice on Thursday, July 30. After the opening session, morning practices beginning at 8:20 a.m. are also scheduled for July 31, Aug. 1, 3, 4, 6 and 7.

The Packers will hold Family Night at Lambeau Field on Saturday, Aug. 8. The following week the team will have two open practices on Nitschke Field, 12:15 p.m. on Aug. 10 and 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 11, prior to the preseason opener at New England on Aug. 13.

Following the preseason contest against the Patriots, Green Bay will hold four open practices (12:45 p.m. on Aug. 15, 12:15 p.m. on Aug. 17, 12:15 p.m. on Aug. 19 and 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 20) before heading into the preseason contest at Pittsburgh on Aug. 23.

The Packers will have two open practices, 12:15 p.m. on Aug. 25 and 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 26, leading into the preseason home opener vs. Philadelphia on Aug. 29. The team will hold one more open practice at 11:45 a.m. on Aug. 31 before wrapping up training camp and facing New Orleans at home in the preseason finale on Sept. 3.

Should inclement weather or any other factor force the team indoors, practices will be closed to the public due to space limitations inside the Don Hutson Center. Please also note that all practice dates and times are subject to change.

The annual Packers Family Night, Presented by Bellin Health, is scheduled for Saturday evening, Aug. 8, at Lambeau Field. The event will benefit the Wendy’s Wonderful Kids foster-care adoption program. For the second consecutive year, the format will be a full practice to accomplish the team’s preparation goals for the regular season. The event will include 11-on-11 sessions that will feature full contact. The evening activities get underway in the stadium at 5:30 p.m. and on-field warmups will begin at 6:25 p.m.

The team’s two home preseason games, presented by Bellin Health and Cenex, are slated for Aug. 29, vs. Philadelphia, and Sept. 3, vs. New Orleans. The Packers’ two road preseason contests are at New England, Aug. 13, and at Pittsburgh, Aug. 23.

Important dates on the preseason calendar include:

·         Wednesday, July 29 – Players report

·         Wednesday, July 29 – Head Coach Mike McCarthy’s season-opening press conference, 10 a.m.

·         Thursday, July 30 – First practice, 8:20 a.m., Ray Nitschke Field

·         Friday, July 31 – Packers 1K Kids Run, 6 p.m.; Movie Night at Lambeau Field featuring “Frozen,” 7 p.m.

·         Saturday, Aug. 1 – Packers 5K Run at Lambeau Field, 6:30 p.m.

·         Saturday, Aug. 8 – Family Night, Lambeau Field

·         Monday, Aug. 31 – Last practice open to public, 11:45 a.m., Ray Nitschke Field

According to the Greater Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau and a 2010 study by AECOM, training camp, along with Packers Family Night, Presented by Bellin Health, will attract approximately 90,000 visitors from across the nation and as many as 20 foreign countries. With an economic total impact estimated at approximately $9 million, training camp is a financial boost to many area businesses.

This marks Green Bay’s 70th training camp, a tradition that began in 1946 under Curly Lambeau. One of the most intimate preseason settings in the NFL, Packers training camp is unique in several respects. Players have been riding kids’ bicycles to practice since the Vince Lombardi era, a tradition that now includes five special bikes as part of the American Family DreamDrive. The team has lived in the dorm rooms at nearby St. Norbert College since 1958, the league’s longest training-camp relationship between a team and school.