The Dallas Cowboys agreed to sign veteran wide receiver Randall Cobb to a one-year deal Tuesday. But the question remains: What does he have left in the tank?
After the departure of Cole Beasley at the beginning of free agency, the Dallas Cowboys had a clear need at the slot receiver position. On Tuesday they filled this role, agreeing to sign long-time Green Bay Packer Randall Cobb to a one-year, $5 million deal.
Cobb has been in the league for eight years now and was one of the more productive receivers in the NFL in his prime when he was able to stay healthy. In his two seasons in the league that he has been able to play in all16 games, Cobb has totaled 170 catches for 2,116 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Now it is obviously unrealistic to expect Cobb to put up these numbers in Dallas next season even if he is completely healthy, but the Cowboys don’t need him to be Superman. Last year injuries plagued Cobb’s season and he was only able to play in nine games and record 38 catches for 383 yards and two touchdowns.
The happy medium between his best and worst seasons is what Dallas needs from Cobb next season to replace the departed Beasley. Last season, the now Buffalo Bill had 65 catches for 672 yards and three touchdowns. It was a down year in many’s minds for Beasley, but it actually was the second best statistical year of his career.
The production that Beasley posted last season is essentially what Dallas needs out of Cobb. If healthy, he can easily produce what No. 11 was able to in his final Cowboys season, but health is still a huge concern. Last year Cobb looked like he lost a step, but there is no way to know if this was just him fighting injuries or if father time has finally caught up with him.
Despite playing in the league for eight years already, Randall Cobb is only 28-years old and I believe he still has some juice left in the tank. If the Dallas Cowboys can get the 2017 production and availability out of the former Pro Bowler, they will be in great shape at the slot receiver position.