Randall Cobb is well on his way to shattering the Green Bay Packers' record for most all-purpose yards.
With a strong closing burst, the electrifying second-year man from Kentucky could break the NFL mark that was set last season by Darren Sproles of New Orleans.
Cobb amassed 202 yards — his third-highest total of the season — on Sunday in a 31-17 victory over the Arizona Cardinals at Lambeau Field. It gives him 1,363 yards in nine games, including 96 rushing, 500 receiving, 211 on punt returns and 556 on kickoff returns.
"Randall Cobb is a playmaker," Coach Mike McCarthy said. "That's how we view him. And playmakers need the ball in their hands."
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The club record of 2,250 yards was set by running back Ahman Green in 2003. The top five includes Green, 1,981 in 2001; Roell Preston, 1,918 in '98; Billy Grimes, 1,896 in '50; and Dorsey Levens, 1,798 in '97.
Cobb is averaging 151.4 per game. At that pace, he would finish with 2,423.
Sproles owns the NFL record with 2,696 yards. He had 603 rushing, 710 receiving, 294 on punt returns and 1,089 on kickoff returns.
Cobb would need to average 190.6 in the last seven games to break Sproles' mark.
Given the strides that Cobb has made in the last month or so, there would seem to be no limitations on his production.
"He gives you great flexibility where you can play him," McCarthy said. "He's continued to get better as a receiver week in and week out. Once again, we have to be smart how many times he gets the ball, but we're making a conscientious effort to do that."
Cobb was at his breathtaking best on the opening touchdown Sunday. On third and goal from the 13, the call was an alley screen to the right with Cobb moving down from outside and following blocks by Jermichael Finley on Paris Lenon and Donald Driver on William Gay.
As Cobb burst between blocks, Pro Bowl strong safety Adrian Wilson was unblocked and in his path at the 4. Cobb juked and, as he began a full spin to the right, Wilson ducked his head and only got in a grazing blow as Cobb crashed into the end zone.
"They do that when they sense it's a blitz," Wilson said. "It's like a run for them. I missed the tackle. He spun, but I had terrible technique."
It was 7-7 early in the second quarter when McCarthy decided to probe Arizona with the ground game.
He put Cobb in the shotgun next to Aaron Rodgers on first down, and the 192-pound Cobb followed a pulling T.J. Lang for 11 on a toss. A play later, Cobb was back in the backfield and slammed for 12 off right tackle.
"I don't know many guys like that," defensive end Vonnie Holliday said. "For a receiver to go down in the box and run the ball with those pit guys in there ... most receivers want to stay away from that kind of action ... it's a different kind of mentality and toughness that he has."
Both Holliday and Lenon compared Cobb to Minnesota's Percy Harvin.
"Real quick guys," Lenon said. "Stronger than they look. They have balance almost similar to a running back."
Cobb capped the 80-yard drive that he started, but this as a wide receiver. From the right slot, he beat cornerback William Gay on an outside release to the corner for a 21-yard touchdown.
"He's a dynamic player and a game-changer," Holliday said. "He makes plays downfield. He's special."
He also hurt the Cardinals with a punt return of 28 yards and a kickoff return of 44.
Cobb has been targeted 50 times as a wide receiver and eight as a running back. With Greg Jennings sidelined with a groin injury since Game 4, Cobb has 34 receptions for 404 yards (11.9) and six TDs in the last six games compared to 11 for 96 (8.7) and no TDs in the first three games.
He leads the team in receptions with 45, is second in receiving yards with 500 and continues to handle all the returns.
"Any time we can get the ball in his hands it usually turns out pretty good," Rodgers said.