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Randall Cobb expects to play bigger role in Packers' offense

Green Bay Packers' receiver Randall Cobb assumes he'll play a bigger role in the offense this year, with Donald Driver and Greg Jennings gone.

At the start of the Packers' annual Tailgate Tour Tuesday, Cobb said there would be more weight on him and fellow wide-outs James Jones and Jordy Nelson. But Cobb said they're taking on the challenge head-on.

At 22, he's entering his third NFL season. Cobb says he has a lot to learn, he has not peaked yet, and he'll do anything he's asked to help the Packers win.

Last year, Cobb ran a number of times out of the backfield. He also kept returning punts and kickoffs. But after he injured an ankle returning a punt against Tennessee, Packers Coach Mike McCarthy said in February that he hoped Cobb would not continue his return duties in 2013.

Cobb says he's undecided about that. If he's able to return kicks, and the Packers want him to do it, he said it would be "perfect."

The Packers' Tailgate Tour had its first stop in Oshkosh Tuesday night. It also has stops in Beloit, Dubuque, Tomah and Wisconsin Rapids.

Woodson visits Broncos

Former Packers defensive back Charles Woodson is expected to pay a free-agent visit to the Denver Broncos Wednesday, May 15. It would be only his second such audition since the Packers cut him in mid-February. He also visited San Francisco.

The 36-year-old Woodson has drawn little interest as he tries to sign with somebody for his 16th NFL season. If the Broncos sign him, Woodson could be an extra defensive back on passing downs. And he would most likely compete with Quinton Carter and Mike Adams for a starting job at safety.

Former Badger, Rice Lake amateur advance to U.S. Open sectional qualifier

Former Wisconsin Badger golf standout Garrett Jones won a local qualifying tournament yesterday for next month's U.S. Open.

Jones shot a one-under 71 at Erin Hills northwest of Milwaukee. He was the only one of 80 golfers to break par. Jones and four other players advanced to a 36-hole sectional qualifier.

The 28-year-old Jones is a mini-tour pro. He was the first alternate at last year's U.S. Open, but did not get to play.

Amateurs Taylor Koser of Rice Lake and Connor Nelson of Roscoe, Ill., advanced by shooting even-par 72s.

Amateur Mike Sorenson of Hartland and mini-tour player Danny Zimmerman of Middleton advanced in a playoff, after they and six others tied for fourth place with 73s in regulation.

Former Marquette standout Kelly Kretz of Antigo will be the first alternate for the sectional. James DeBoer of Onalaska is the second alternate.