FRISCO, Texas – Despite a slew of emotional tweets and shout-outs to Randall Cobb following his departure from Green bay, the wide receiver looked so 'all in' on his new team, so soon.
A crisp morning in Texas, the sun shining and the air just cool enough to give a slight resemblance to a Wisconsin chill, Cobb carefully makes his way around the facility. He notes the intricate details of The Star, of the small portion he's seen. His bright eyes take everything in, piece by piece, step by step; almost glimmering with hope at his fresh start.
"There's so much history in this organization, I'm glad to be a part of it," Cobb said, gazing out at the practice fields occupied by a handful of players working up a sweat.
In free agency that sometimes feels like college recruiting, an eight-year veteran like Cobb had to make a choice about where to continue his career, and he made it with his postseason dreams in mind.
"I think you look at this offense, you look at this team, a playoff team that is a contender, I think I can provide a valuable piece to this team, and I'm excited to get started," Cobb said.
And a piece of that success he's after will go through his new QB1, Dak Prescott. Cobb noted he hadn't met any of the guys yet, as he saw a handful of them putting in work on the practice field three stories below. One exception, though, Dak Prescott. They spoke through some text messages and Cobb sent him a 'gif' showing his excitement.
"He was excited. We talked for a little bit, he's excited to get started and get to work. I'm looking forward to building a bond with him, and making plays on the field," Cobb said.
Cobb's most notable season with the Packers was, of course, in 2014. He posted career highs in catches (91), receiving yards (1,287), and receiving touchdowns (12) and landed in the Pro Bowl. The biggest question for 2019 lies in the state of his health, as Cobb only played in 9 games this past season, due to hamstring and concussion problems. But he's confident there's still good games within his ability. Last year in Green Bay was one he's still mulling over.
"I'm excited to get back out there and prove myself. It definitely was a tough year for me last year. But that's all in the past now, and I'm ready for a fresh start. I'm excited to be here, to get rolling, and get to work, and bring a championship back to Dallas" Cobb said.
If there's anything to know about him from one quick interview, it's that he's a man of his word. The last words I heard trail off as he headed to continue his exploration of the facility were, "I'd like to get my workout in today." And approximately an hour later, he followed through. Cobb, in a brand new silver and blue sweat suit, spotted doing footwork on the practice field. And just like that, football is in the air again.