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Randall Cobb Playing Well Impacts Several Players

It's been a little over four months since left the frozen tundra of Green Bay for the bright lights of Dallas, but his impact is already being felt.

The veteran receiver put a bug in the ear of at the ceremony the night before the , telling him “Hey man, come get me”. After the departure of in March to Buffalo, the needed the slot position filled expeditiously, and did so with Cobb.

There is a huge advantage the Cowboys have with Cobb as opposed to Beasley. He isn't limited to just being in the slot beating guys underneath. He can not only do that, and do it well, but he can play either outside position, beating vertically. With up and coming young stud alongside him, this makes life easier for . Double teams can't happen as frequently on him with multiple downfield threats. This gives Cooper the chance to annihilate corners with what I think is his best route, the slant, critical when it comes to converting third downs in short-yardage situations.

This also helps in the . Teams can't as easily load the box with eight and nine-man fronts, something is all too often seen during the days of and his predictable scheme. Being able to keep defenses honest by making sure the back end is covered works right into the Cowboys plan of controlling the clock by pounding the rock.

The biggest beneficiary, of course, is Dak Prescott. You give a more weapons the better his chances are to succeed, it's that simple. During OTA's it didn't take long for the franchise signal-caller to see the effect Cobb can have on the . “I mean, honestly, put him in the backfield, but outside, put him inside, ask him to block, ask him to take a jet sweep. I mean, he's got film doing all those things really well. I think if we're not utilizing all of his athleticism and just his versatility, then we're cheating him as a player and we're not getting everything we want as an offense,” Prescott said.

After being in Green Bay for eight seasons it isn't surprising that coming to Dallas was an adjustment.

“I felt like a little kid, lost. I didn't know where to go after each drill, each station. So I'm just looking around, seeing where the other receivers are finding my way around,” Cobb said.

If he felt lost he definitely hasn't let it stop him from turning heads early in Dallas with his unique skill set and football knowledge.

“Since I've been here, we're going through the installations, and I'm having a little bit of a mental challenge as far as so many of the same plays being different calls. Just trying to get more acclimated to the playcalling here, and making sure I'm using the right terminology so I'm on the same page with everybody,” Cobb said.

New is looking to make this offense more dynamic, and having a player with this kind of mental awareness is key in that happening.

Cobb is only on a one year deal worth 5 million, so he'll definitely have to show and prove if he wants to have a star on his helmet long term. Hopefully, with health on his side, the Cowboys may have not only added a piece for the upcoming season but possibly even longer if the results pan out.

Matthew Lenix
Matthew Lenix
I write dope stuff about the Dallas Cowboys and what not.

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