COMMENTARY | The Green Bay Packers suffered a huge blow a couple weeks ago when they lost Randall Cobb for 6-8 weeks due to a fractured fibula. Cobb was Green Bay's best play-maker on offense and his loss certainly has hurt them. That being said, the Packers have dealt with injuries all season long and have done a great job winning without key players.
Currently, Cobb is expected back at some point in December and will be just fine for the Packers' playoff run that they hope to make. He's missing a good chunk of the middle of the season, but that isn't as important as down the stretch. It's unsure how his recovery is going to this point, but the Packers are very confident that they'll have him back before the start of the 2014 calendar year.
In Cobb's absence, the Packers have had two very talented young receivers step in to help fill the void that his injury left. Both Jarrett Boykin and Myles White have been thrown into the fire so to speak and have performed at a high level.
Boykin is the one who has assumed the starting role with James Jones also being out due to injury. He's got the same type of play-maker potential that Cobb possesses, but hasn't had as much time on the field to work on his craft. That being said, he has put together a few great games with Cobb missing time. Myles White, on the other hand, is a rookie who was signed off the practice squad to help fill in for both Cobb and Jones. He has played well also and is showing that he has the ability to make plays as well. White was on full display last week against the Vikings on Sunday Night Football with five catches for 35 yards. While he's not going to put up huge numbers, he's a very dependable receiver that Aaron Rodgers likes. The future is certainly bright for these two young wide receivers.
Overall, the Packers will continue missing Randall Cobb until he's able to return. Their gameplanning will be different without him, but due to the fact that they have a couple young receivers stepping up in a big way, they won't have to go too far away from what they like to do. One thing that is going in Green Bay's favor is that they have Aaron Rodgers as their quarterback. Rodgers is capable of making even some of the worst wide receivers better with his accurate passing.
Evan Massey lives in Indianapolis and has followed the Green Bay Packers for the past 16 years. He has written for many sports websites including ProSportsExtra.com, Hoops-Nation.com, ProFootballSpot.com, and NaptownsFinest.com. Follow Evan on Twitter at @massey_evan.
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