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WR Jerricho Cotchery - Carolina Panthers

6-0, 207Born: 6-16-1982College: North Carolina StateDrafted: Round 4

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 30): Cotchery is far from a must-add, but in deeper leagues he can be an emergency firewall play as Cam Newton's favored third-down receiver. Matchups against New Orleans this week and the Giants in Week 15 look like good ones.

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Recent Stats and Projections

9 vs GB 29 0 0 0 6 3 82 0 0 8.2
10 at TEN 21 0 0 0 3 2 6 0 0 0.6
11 vs WAS 28 0 0 0 6 4 57 0 0 5.7
12 at DAL 37 0 0 0 6 5 73 0 0 7.3
13 at NO PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 3 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 12 vs DAL (6 / 5 / 73 / 0 rec)

If Greg Olsen is covered, Cam Newton invariably looks the direction of wise head Jerricho Cotchery on third down. The key chain-mover in this game on two third-and-long situations, Cotchery has the complete trust of his quarterback. Newton found Cotchery on a deep crossing pattern for a first down, benefiting from excellent pass protection, but the route from Cotchery showed good patience and feel for his surroundings. A shallow crossing route that resulted in another first down after a nifty catch and run was nullified by penalty, but Cotchery came back with another huge third down conversion. On the play, the veteran ran a post corner pattern, fooling the defensive back and allowing Cotchery to run into a wide open space on the right sideline. Newton located him and fired the ball in with accuracy. Cotchery was unlucky not to finish his day with a touchdown, catching a low pass at the 1-yard line.

2015 Week 11 vs WAS (6 / 4 / 57 / 0 rec)

Jerricho Cotchery showed excellent toughness on a quick pass down the seam in the early stages, absorbing a blow but managing to hang on to the ball. His route was excellent on the play, initially stabbing outside the defensive back before coming back inside and presenting a big target for Cam Newton. Cotchery was mainly involved in the short to intermediate passing attack, but he broke free on a deep post pattern late in the game that Newton simply missed him on.

2015 Week 10 vs TEN (3 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)

Marginalized in a game the Panthers controlled for the most part, Jerricho Cotchery caught a pair of short passes, one of which helped the team get into range for an important field goal. Cotchery was targeted deep with the offense facing a blitz, but the timing appeared to be off and he never turned around to look for the football.

2015 Week 9 vs GB (6 / 3 / 82 / 0 rec)

It turned into a positive day for veteran receiver, but it could have been better. He and Cam Newton failed to connect on a pair of inside-breaking routes, with Newton throwing the football too far behind Cotchery. Later, Cotchery got open in the red zone on a quick out. The pass from Newton was too high and wide and what could have been a simple touchdown turned into a missed opportunity. Cotchery hauled in a 59-yard catch on third down early in the game. Running a dig pattern, he took advantage of the fact the single-high safety was far too deep, finding a soft spot in the zone. Newton found him and Cotchery did the rest, crossing the field and producing the big gain. Cotchery will remain a key cog in this passing attack.

2015 Week 8 vs IND (3 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)

The veteran made only two catches all game, but both proved to be important. Cam Newton tends to look to his most experienced receiver when the chips are down, and Cotchery did not disappoint. The former Steeler boxed out his defensive back well on a quick slant in the first quarter for a 13-yard gain and a first down, allowing the Panthers to continue a drive that would put them up 10-0 early. However, it was Cotchery's second catch that proved vital. Facing 3rd-and-10 inside the Indianapolis 40 in overtime, Cotchery ran a quick out from a bunch set and secured a Newton bullet pass for a crucial five-yard gain that set up the winning field goal.

2015 Week 7 vs PHI (1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

Although he did not make a big dent in the box score, Jerricho Cotchery once again played his part as a blocker, helping to spring Ted Ginn Jr. on a 15-yard WR screen. Cotchery followed that play up with a couple of nice, safe catches over the middle that he turned into first downs.

2015 Week 6 vs SEA (4 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)

The return of the veteran Jerricho Cotchery from injury could not have come at a better time for the Panthers - and particularly Cam Newton. On the final drive that led to the go-ahead score, Newton found Cotchery on a dig route on a key third down, with Cotchery managing to snag it with one hand despite a cornerback being draped all over him. Cotchery managed to haul in a contested catch on a quick slant, but the Panthers did not have him play the majority of snaps as they continued to rotate receivers in and out.

2015 Week 2 vs HOU (1 / 1 / 11 / 0 rec)

The veteran picked up a leg injury while blocking on a screen pass, but managed to return to the game seemingly with no lingering pain. His usage down the stretch in the game waned, indicating the coaching staff perhaps did not want to risk further injury. Cotchery made only one catch on a quick flip to the sideline off a zone read look. He should remain the second option in this muddled passing attack behind Greg Olsen.

2015 Week 1 vs JAX (6 / 4 / 45 / 1 rec)

The old head among the wide receivers showed why he could prove to be an underrated asset for the Panthers this season. Showing savvy with his routes, timing with his quarterback and a willingness to fight for yardage, Cotchery was a thorn in the side of the Jaguars' defense. When the Panthers got into the red zone, Cotchery was the first player targeted on a quick slant; however, Cam Newton's pass was placed a yard too far inside for Cotchery to snag it. The veteran showed excellent awareness on a Newton scramble in the third quarter, settling down in a spot devoid of Jaguars and providing an easy outlet for his quarterback. Cotchery eventually made up for the missed red zone opportunity by reeling in the Panthers' lone touchdown pass of the game. Lined up as the Z to the right of the formation, Cotchery allowed Greg Olsen in the slot to his left to run off the coverage, then ran underneath Olsen's route on a skinny post. Newton found him with a laser pass that left no doubt. A final flourish came for Cotchery on a crucial 3rd and 10 as the Panthers were backed up inside their 20-yard line. The veteran made a catch short of the sticks, but showed a terrific second effort and burst of strength to convert.


Latest News

Panthers | Jerricho Cotchery the top target (Thu Nov 26, 09:50 PM) - Carolina Panthers WR Jerricho Cotchery had five catches for a team-high 73 yards in a 33-14 win over the Dallas Cowboys in Week 12.

Our View: As we all predicted, right? This is the Carolina passing offense though, and other than Greg Olsen there are no guarantees of production.
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