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Packers offense this offseason and most of it has focused on how quarterback Aaron Rodgers will adjust to the system head coach Matt LaFleur is installing in Green Bay.Less attention has been paid to newly acquired members of the unit Za’Darius Smith Jersey White , especially when compared to the slew of new faces on the defensive side of the ball. One free agent is slated for a starting role this year, however, and Rodgers told Chris Simms that he thinks right guard Billy Turner is going to fill a big role for the Packers this season.“The guy who won’t get a lot of pub but I’m trying to pub him every chance I can is Bill Turner,” Rodgers said. “He’s going to be a great addition for us. He is going to be a really good addition. He’s a big tough dude, fits in really well, good athlete. He can move in our system because we’re running off the ball. He’s going to be a big part of what we are doing up front because Matt wants to run the ball.”Turner started 11 games for the Broncos last year and made 12 starts for the Dolphins in 2015, but only played in nine games between those two seasons. That’s likely part of the reason why he’s flown under the radar, but fulfilling Rodgers’s expectations come the fall would likely ensure that’s not the case in the future. GREEN BAY Kyler Fackrell Jersey , Wis. (AP) — Cleared from the concussion protocol, receiver Randall Cobb expects to play in the Green Bay Packers’ season finale.It could be his final game with the team.“I’m human so I can’t say that it hasn’t crossed my mind,” Cobb said on Thursday.A second-round pick in 2011, Cobb had a big 2014 season with 91 catches for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns. That led to Cobb signing a four-year, $40 million contract in free agency.He’s never gotten close to matching that production, though, with a total of 16 touchdowns the past four seasons. He started this season with a bang Davante Adams Jersey White , tallying nine catches for 142 yards, including the game-winning, 75-yard touchdown reception against Chicago in Week 1.However, Cobb has missed six games with a hamstring injury before sitting out last week with a concussion. He enters Sunday with just 37 catches for 356 yards and two touchdowns.With that, free agency will beckon once more for the 28-year-old Cobb, who ranks sixth in franchise history with 469 receptions.“It’s not at the forefront of my thoughts,” he said. “I would say right now I’m just taking it all in, just enjoying the moments like I always do. The crazy thing about this game is every time we take that field Clay Matthews Jersey White , it could be the last time that we play. I’ve never taken for granted. Every time I walk through the tunnel — even when I’m taking somebody on a tour like my family or friends — I cherish that moment.”Cobb has one key supporter in quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Packers haven’t had someone who can replace Cobb in the slot, and the offense has suffered as a consequence.When Cobb has been out of the lineup, the Packers have had to lean heavily on rookie receivers Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Equanimeous St. Brown. Without the rapport that Rodgers shares with Cobb, they’ve produced sporadically.“We’ve always enjoyed going to war with each other,” Cobb said of Rodgers. “He’s my quarterback, you know? It’s been a lot of fun. It means a lot to me.”Cobb and linebacker Clay Matthews will be the team’s two high-profile free agents. A first-round pick in 2009, Matthews has spent all 10 seasons with the Packers.“I think everybody wants to be with one team the entirety of their career, Matthews said. “If that’s what it’s in the cards Aaron Ripkowski Jersey , fantastic. If not, I’ll deal with that once it presents itself.”Matthews has 83½ sacks, the team’s most since the NFL made sacks an official stat in 1982. However, as is the case with Cobb, he’ll enter free agency on a down note with a career-low 3½ sacks this season.“I think I’ve done a real good job of just focusing on this season and nothing beyond,” Matthews said. “I think I learned that at a younger age. … Obviously, I’m not oblivious to the fact that I could be somewhere else next year, but it’s not like I’ll be an emotional wreck on Sunday.”Cobb is just happy to be finishing after suffering a concussion late in the Week 15 game at Chicago. He said he doesn’t remember the final three snaps he played and has about 10 minutes of “amnesia.”He missed last week’s win at the Jets and returned to practice on Thursday. He plans to play against the Lions.“I’ve had a punctured lung Mike Daniels Jersey White , I’ve had a broken leg, and I’ve come back and played and not thought about those things,” he said. “I would consider this to be another thing that whenever I take the field, I’m worried about that moment. I’m not worried about what’s happened in the past, which is hard to do.”NOTES: Both Cobb and Matthews (back) were limited in their returns to practice. … LT David Bakhtiari (hip) was also limited in returning to practice. … CB Jaire Alexander (groin) and WR Davante Adams (knee) missed a second day of practice, though Adams has said that he plans to play on Sunday.
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