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Why There's A Chip On Randall Cobb's Shoulder


FRISCO, Texas – Randall Cobb has been part of some epic games -- against the Dallas Cowboys.

Now the former Green Bay Packer is already getting used to blue and silver.

"This is actually the first time I've seen this jersey," said Cobb, who wore his new No. 18 Thursday at a Cowboys Draft Party autograph sessions inside Ford Center at The Star.

Signed to a one-year deal in March, the veteran wide receiver has taken part in voluntary offseason workouts with his new teammates the past couple of weeks.

Many of them were on the 2016 Cowboys team that lost a divisional-round playoff home game to Green Bay in heartbreaking fashion.

Some of them played in the 'Dez Catch' playoff defeat at Lambeau Field in 2014.

Cobb was a major contributor on those Packers teams, but the Cowboys have gladly cast aside that old history.

"It's been a little bit of banter going on back and forth, but I think they're welcoming me pretty well," he said with a laugh. "I'm excited to be here."

Cobb, who turns 29 in August, is expected to replace free agent departure Cole Beasley as the Cowboys' primary slot receiver. For eight seasons he was a reliable target for Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, catching 470 passes for 5,524 yards and 41 touchdowns.

A hamstring injury limited Cobb to nine games last season. He said he suffered the injury in practice in Week 3 and probably returned a little too early.

Cobb is pointing toward a rebound season on his new team. But the 5-foot-10 wideout says he's never lacked motivation in his football career.

"I've had a chip on my shoulder since I was seven years old," he said. "I went to camp in high school and they told me that I wouldn't play Division 1 football. I went to Kentucky and they told me I shouldn't have been in the SEC. I got drafted and they told me that I was too slow, wasn't big enough, wasn't fast enough.

"Every day you've got to prove yourself, every day you wake up. Nothing's ever given in life and I truly believe in that and I carry myself that way."

The Cowboys, collectively, want to prove they can move past the second round of the playoffs after seeing their season end there in two of the last three seasons.

What are Cobb's expectations as part of a new group?

"I hope just another playmaker, just to be another weapon," he said. "You look at (running back) Zeke (Elliott) and what he does in the running game and how that opens up the passing game for us downfield. Just being able to match that off each other and continue to grow with the receiving room and get on the same page with (quarterback) Dak (Prescott) and build that chemistry.

"It's just a new energy. It's like being the new kid in school and you're trying to find your way around, trying to figure out where the classrooms are and continuing to learn different things. It's refreshing. It's a new energy for me and I think it's definitely going to be great to rejuvenate my career."