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Could we see more Randall Cobb vs. 49ers?


Randall Cobb played on just 47 percent of the Green Bay Packers' offensive snaps in his first game back from a broken leg.

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However, the receiver completely avoided the injury report Wednesday, indicating he's 100 percent. A by-product of that health is likely an increased workload in Sunday's playoff matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.

"Randall is probably one of the most explosive players we've got in our game," receiver James Jones said, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "So whenever you can get him back in the offense, he can do so many different things. You can move him around in so many places, get him on different people and create some mismatches.

"So it's huge to have him back, healthy, at 100 percent. Hopefully, he goes out there and makes some plays."

Cobb played in just 37 of 78 offensive plays last week against the Chicago Bears, according to Pro Football Focus. He had been playing 92 percent of Packers snaps prior to the injury.

With the rust knocked off we should expect to see Cobb's playing time increased -- even if it doesn't jump all the way back to that 90-plus percent.

When healthy, Cobb has the ability to play in the slot, outside or in the backfield as one of the best Swiss army knife-type players in the NFL.

The Packers will need Cobb facing a fifth-ranked 49ers defense that only once this season allowed a team to rush for 100-plus yards and throw for more than 200 yards.

With their defense struggling to get stops this season, the Packers need to manufacture points against the stout 49ers D. Utilizing the multiple abilities of Cobb will make that task much more palatable.

Cobb caught the biggest touchdown pass of the Packers' season last week. He should get more opportunities to replicate that magic Sunday afternoon.

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