Green Bay Packers (1-2) head coach Mike McCarthy said the Packers will "take the week to work through" finding a replacement for recently-released wide receiver and kick returner Jeremy Ross on special teams in practice while preparing for Sunday's NFC North showdown against the Detroit Lions (3-1).
Candidates to replace Ross include rookie cornerback Micah Hyde, rookie running backs Johnathan Franklin and Michael Hill, and wide receiver Randall Cobb. The Packers promoted Hill to the 53-man roster on Monday and now have only four wide receivers on the roster.
Despite the Packers slim pickings at wide receiver, McCarthy said he feels comfortable and confident in all of their wide receivers. "Yes I'm confident. If I didn't feel confident, we wouldn't have made the changes we made," McCarthy said. "It's a group that can use as many opportunities as they can possibly get."
Cobb is one of the Packers' four wide receivers and he is the likely top candidate to become the Packers primary short-term kick returner. "I've practiced all throughout OTA's and training camp as a returner," Cobb said. "We don't know what it'll be when the time comes, but I have to prepare myself as being that guy."
If Cobb is named as the team's primary kick-returner to coincide with his punt-returning duties and his tremendous offensive workload, it could be a tough stretch ahead for the dynamic third-year pro. The Packers are coming off of an early bye week and have 13 consecutive games ahead of them.
Cobb said he isn't worried about potentially receiving numerous touches for the next three months. "We can't worry about the long haul," Cobb said. "We understand that is the way the schedule fell. We have to focus week-to-week. It's about taking it one week at a time, one game at a time."
Cobb said whether he is out on the field on offense, special teams or defense, he is enjoying and soaking everything in. "I'm out there to play every down and play every down hard and I have to have the same mindset and mentality as a returner. I love football, I love everything about football."
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