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Packers rookie report: Week Seven

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Dan Arkush

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By Dan Arkush

Going up against a weak, undermanned Rams team, a bigger impact than normal figured to come from Green Bay's rookies in the Packers' 24-3 Week Six victory. As it turned out, though, the contributions from the team's new kids on the block were minimal, at best.

Start with second-round WR-RS Randall Cobb, who got 10 snaps as a receiver but did not get a ball thrown his way. Cobb did get a false-start flag thrown his way, however, and also had one run for six yards.    

Cobb remained the NFC's leading kickoff returner (32.5-yard average, including a 101-yard TD return) despite negligible duty in that role against the Rams (only one kickoff return for 16 yards). He had two fair catches on punt returns. After advancing the ball beyond the 20-yard line on every kickoff he had returned in the first four games, Cobb has been stopped inside the 20 four straight times in the last two games.

Third-round RB Alex Green was a surprise addition to the inactive list against the Rams after impressing coaches with his limited play in the game against Atlanta the previous week. Fourth-round CB Davon House and undrafted DE Vic So'oto were also inactive.

First-round OT Derek Sherrod and undrafted OL Ray Dominguez were active, but neither played. Rookie TEs D.J. Williams (fifth round) and Ryan Taylor (seventh round) both got on the field, but all they had to show for their efforts was a dropped pass and a holding penalty, respectively.

On special teams, sixth-round ILB D.J. Smith and undrafted S M.D. Jennings each had one assist. Undrafted OLB Jamari Lattimore also saw action on special teams but did not do a very good job at all in punt coverage.

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