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SEC In The NFL: Randall Cobb Shines In Debut

Just how good was Green Bay Packers rookie and former Kentucky wide receiver Randall Cobb on Thursday night in his NFL debut? How about two mistakes that both end up as touchdowns.

Cobb tied an NFL record with his third quarter 108-yard kickoff return but he broke a team rule in the process.

“If I have to take any steps back,” Cobb said, “the rule is don’t bring it out. And I did. I’m going to be in trouble for that one. I’m thinking I’m going to get chewed out. ”

Earlier in the game, Cobb was supposed to run a drag pattern – instead he ran a slant.  Result?  A 32-yard touchdown pass.

“We didn’t have off-season workouts,” said Aaron Rodgers after the game. “But surprisingly I was able to read [Cobb's] body language there and he made a nice catch and run for a touchdown.”

“I scored two touchdowns, and they were both mess-ups,” said Cobb. “They’ll go down as ‘MAs.’ Missed assignments. But my first game, it exceeded all of my expectations.”

Cobb missed most of the preseason with bruised knees. I’d bet there’s more than a few fantasy owners kicking themselves today for not drafting the Green Bay rookie.

The Packers first round pick, tackle Derek Sherrod from Mississippi State, was inactive last night.

For the Saints, former Alabama running back Mark Ingram made his pro debut in the backfield. Unfortunately for him, his most memorable carry of the night came up short.  On the game’s last play from the Packers 1-yard line and trailing by 8 points, Ingram was stopped at the goal line by a swarm of Packers defenders.

“I’ve got to get a yard,” Ingram said. “It’s goal line to win the game.”

Ingram carried the ball 13 times for 40 yards in the Saints 42-34 loss.

Former Tennessee wide receiver Robert Meachem scored the first touchdown of the season for the Saints on a 31-yard pass from QB Drew Brees.  Meachem finished the game with five catches for 70 yards.

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