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WR Jerricho Cotchery - Carolina Panthers

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

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Week 8: vs Seattle Seahawks

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Carolina's offense went from finding a rhythm vs. Cincinnati (during a 37-37 OT tie game) to getting blown out (10-38 scored by the first team offense before the second-string tacked on a late TD to make it 17-38 in the crushing loss to Green Bay last week). Cam Newton (17/31 for 205 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, with three sacks taken for -25, with 7/41/0 rushing to his credit) had an O.K. outing, but O.K. doesn't do it against the Packers in Green Bay. As usual, Greg Olsen (eight targets for 8/105/0 receiving) and Kelvin Benjamin (six for 3/61/1 receiving) saw most of the action for the Panthers' receiving corps. The Seahawks' D is also in a funk after having dropped two straight games, allowing 21/32 for 239 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions to Tony Romo (with one sack for -11 yards) and then 19/22 for 170 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions to the Rams last week (86.3 completion % for those keeping score at home). Seattle is not able to assert their usual defensive dominance over the middle weeks of October. On balance this looks like a neutral matchup for the home-team Panthers.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 at BAL 0 0 0 7 5 80 0 0
5 vs CHI 0 0 0 4 3 46 0 0
6 at CIN 0 0 0 10 4 58 0 0
7 at GB 0 0 0 8 3 21 0 0
8 vs SEA PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 4 * * *
8 vs SEA PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 4 * * *
8 vs SEA PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs CHI (4 / 3 / 46 / 0 rec)

Like fellow veteran Jason Avant, Cotchery provides a safe option for Newton in important down and distances. More often than not, while Cotchery's route running has for the most part been superb this year, it is the improved accuracy of Newton that has made the former Steeler look good. A 22-yard strike down the left sideline could not have been placed more perfectly for Cotchery to stride into. By no means a bystander in this attack, Cotchery nevertheless offers a what-you-see-is-what-you-get' kind of game.

2014 Week 6 vs CIN (10 / 4 / 58 / 0 rec)

Taking on a bigger role in the offense with the game script being what it was, Jerricho Cotchery failed to step up to the mark on many occasions. With a chance to win the game on a perfectly floated endzone pass Newton tossed it up to Cotchery, but the veteran allowed the ball to go through his hands. It looked as if he lost it in flight, but it was a significant drop by the veteran. However, Cotchery made up for his drop with some beautiful catches on intermediate patterns, with Cam Newton's accuracy on show on many of them. Cotchery needed only run his route and the ball would find him as opposed to him having to find the ball.

2014 Week 7 vs GB (8 / 3 / 21 / 0 rec)

Showing a bit more life than veteran teammate Jason Avant, Jerricho Cotchery showed some nice moves on some bubble screens, dodging Packers defenders and rolling back the years in the process. Cotchery was the intended target for a flea flicker deep pass early on, but he was well marshalled down the field and the pass fell harmlessly to the turf. Cotchery had very little impact on the game as he fell foul of the malaise that was the Carolina offense.


Latest News

Panthers | Jerricho Cotchery a sneaky start? (Thu Oct 16, 05:48 PM) - Carolina Panthers WR Jerricho Cotchery could be a sneaky start this week if WR Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) is unable to play. Even with Benjamin in the lineup last week, Cotchery saw 10 targets in a tie with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Our View: If Benjamin is scratched because of his concussion, then we like Cotchery as a WR3/flex play with upside.

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