Randall Cobb said that the Green Bay Packers' wide receiver corps need to adjust quickly after the loss of Jordy Nelson to a season-ending ACL injury in Sunday's preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
With two preseason games to go and little experience at the position on the roster outside of the former University of Kentucky star, the team's youngsters will need to step up.
"We're a couple weeks out from the season opener now, and we need to know who we can count on," Cobb said Tuesday, according to a report on the team's website. "Who are the guys that are going to step up and make those plays for us in those critical times during the season? We have to find that out. There's not a lot of time."
Next on the depth chart after Cobb is second-year player Davante Adams and rookie Ty Montgomery. Others who could get opportunities are second-year players Jeff Janis and Myles White, neither of which have much NFL game experience.
Cobb said his teammates have a lot of potential, but they'll have to build a rapport with star quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
"That's the most important thing right now," Cobb told Packers.com. "It's a daily thing. It's something you have to do in practice. It's something you have to answer his questions in the meeting room. You have to be accountable and not make the mistakes."
Nelson, who had 98 catches for 1,519 yards and 13 touchdowns last season, said he'll be do all he can to help get the team's young receivers up to speed.
"They're going to be running the same plays we've always ran so (there are) little tidbits I can give them," he said. "I hope it would that it wouldn't be any different from than when I was playing. I'd still be trying to coach them up as much."
Meanwhile, Cobb said he won't put too much pressure on himself as the team's new No. 1 receiver.
"I pressed last year in the beginning of the season, and I'm not going to do that again," Cobb told ESPN. "There's no need for that. Aaron's going to do his job, he's going to get us the ball. It's my job when I get those opportunities to make things happen."
Cobb had 91 catches for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. But a slow start over the first three weeks into the season had hime with just 14 catches for 126 yards.
"If we're in a three-receiver set, most likely I'll be inside," Cobb told ESPN. "If we're in a two-receiver set, I'll obviously be outside. It just depends on what we do. We'll move around. We planned on moving around this year, so I don't think our plan changes."
■ Nelson walked into the Packers' locker room Tuesday on a pair of crutches, though he was moving relatively well for someone with a serious injury. Nelson said doctors were waiting for swelling in the knee to go down before scheduling surgery.
He sounded like a man at peace with his predicament.
Nelson was hurt after jumping to catch a short pass from Rodgers at Heinz Field. He landed first on his left foot before coming down on the right foot and turning to go upfield. He didn't get hit.
There wasn't much pain, Nelson said.
"That's why I just ran off the field, didn't think it was anything serious and obviously I was told different," he said.
"It's crazy how you can make that move a gazillion times — like I said over 18 years of playing football and probably more harsher moves than that — and be fine and take a hit and be fine," Nelson said. "It's the way it works out. Why? We don't know. But we'll move forward and be back next year."