WR Jerricho Cotchery - Free Agent
|6-0, 207||Born: 6-16-1982||College: North Carolina State||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2004|
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 ñ in the slot to his left ñ 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 13 vs NO (3 / 3 / 26 / 1 rec)
In the clutch moments of the game, Cam Newton looked to his reliable pair of hands in Jerricho Cotchery. The veteran produced a tough run-after-catch play in the red zone to set up his subsequent touchdown grab for the go-ahead score. He ran an excellent route on the play, committing the defensive back outside with a nod to the corner before bringing it back to the post. The pass was perfect and allowed Cotchery to attack it, secure it and go down.
2015 Week 14 vs ATL (2 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Jerricho Cotchery scooped a low pass for an impressive catch, his only one of the game. However, he saw plenty of action in a rotational role as a blocker and sealed well for a couple of Jonathan Stewart carries. Overall, it was a day when the Panthers offense could afford to take their foot off the gas, limiting Cotchery's opportunities.
2015 Week 15 vs NYG (6 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)
Once again not making the 'splash' plays, Jerricho Cotchery nonetheless made some excellent plays to keep the chains moving. He made an outstanding adjustment to a poorly thrown pass from Cam Newton on the sideline, pirouetting to catch it as he ran upfield. Cotchery showed his veteran savvy on a scramble drill by his quarterback, staying alive for a quick pass on the sideline past the sticks. He and Newton connected well in the two-minute drill, linking up on two quick-hitting passes.
2015 Week 16 vs ATL (5 / 4 / 24 / 0 rec, 1 / 16 / 0 rush)
Jerricho Cotchery assumed the primary receiver role in the Panthers' zone read attack against Atlanta, catching a quick pitch out in the flat for a nice run and hauling in two passes from the same look. Cam Newton would fake the ball to the back inside, read the backside defender and either keep it himself or quickly toss out to Cotchery. The veteran receiver, like the rest of the offense, failed to get the wheels turning enough to threaten Atlanta. A lack of opportunities really affected the rhythm of the Carolina offense, and Cotchery suffered as a result.
2015 Week 17 vs TB (2 / 2 / 52 / 1 rec)
It was a reasonably quiet outing for Jerricho Cotchery, who got the offense going with a 20-yard WR screen catch and run on their opening drive. Cotchery was the recipient of a beautifully placed touchdown pass from Cam Newton after he got on top of the Tampa Bay defensive backs. The ball was thrown to the back line of the end zone, but such was the placement Cotchery needed only to reach his hands up.
2014 Week 1 vs TB (4 / 4 / 32 / 0 rec)
Jerricho Cotchery's presence gave Anderson an all-effort option in the passing attack when both rookie Kelvin Benjamin and favourite target on the day Greg Olsen were covered. Cotchery showed some nice second effort on his receptions, dragging tacklers and showing veteran savvy to find the open areas to exploit. Cotchery did not blow Tampa defenders away with his quickness in and out of breaks; rather, he did the simple things well and proved a trustworthy target. Cotchery was on the field in almost all sets and should continue to be a factor, especially on third down.
2014 Week 2 vs DET (4 / 4 / 46 / 0 rec)
Much like fellow receiver Jason Avant, Jerricho Cotchery did nothing spectacular against the Lions, but did not let his quarterback down when targeted. Cotchery, operating mainly within 10 to 15 yards of the line of scrimmage, showed excellent timing and rhythm with Newton on inside-breaking routes, a promising sign considering the reduced reps they had in the offseason. Cotchery showed good quickness out of his cut on third down in the first half to convert on a five-yard out. The veteran also showed his savvy by settling down against zone and presenting his quarterback with a big target. Although rookie Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen are Newton"s "top" targets, the sure-handed Cotchery should see plenty of targets coming his way if he continues to show this level of reliability.
2014 Week 4 vs BAL (7 / 5 / 80 / 0 rec)
In a game that got away from the Panthers in a heartbeat, Cam Newton and veteran Jerricho Cotchery were able to connect on two picture perfect passes along the sideline, with Newton dropping it in the bucket. Cotchery was as reliable as ever on third down, running intermediate patterns and presenting a viable target for his quarterback. However, as the game got out of hand and Baltimore built up their time of possession advantage, Cotchery and the Panthers offense was grounded. The trust is clearly there between Newton and Cotchery, however, and the veteran will continue to play a key role in this sputtering passing attack.
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 ëwhat-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.
2014 Week 9 vs NO (5 / 2 / 59 / 0 rec)
On a night to forget for the Carolina offense, Jerricho Cotchery produced the most explosive play, a beautiful 47-yard catch down the seam. Cam Newton delivered a perfect pass ñ a rarity on the night ñ and Cotchery was able to see it into his hands over his left shoulder. Cotchery missed an opportunity to reel in another big catch that would have set Carolina up in the red zone, but a crushing hit jarred the football loose of his grasp. Cotchery was mostly kept under wraps by a solid Saints effort in the secondary and proved a victim of the stuttering passing game.
2014 Week 10 vs PHI (7 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
Cotchery was pointlessly targeted deep on two one-on-one routes against Bradley Fletcher, including one that he tried to catch with his head. He is at best the third target in a pass offense stuck in neutral right now.
2014 Week 11 vs ATL (4 / 2 / 43 / 0 rec)
Jerricho Cotchery was a victim of the poor offensive display, but he did little to turn it around as he consistently failed to create separation. Cotchery's two receptions came on perfect passes from Newton on inside-breaking routes, but he was blanked apart from those catches. Atlanta's defensive backs deserve credit, but Cotchery showed no explosiveness out of breaks and seemed pedestrian throughout. Cotchery dropped a key third down pass ñ admittedly a tough one ñ to stall another drive as Newton tried to loft him the ball on a corner route. In another offense Cotchery might be a viable option, but with Carolina's offense struggling as it is, he is finding it tough.
2014 Week 13 vs MIN (5 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Veteran Jerricho Cotchery looked every day of his 32 years on a chilly day in Minnesota. The Vikings cornerbacks gave the Panthers receivers fits all day and plastered onto them in coverage, giving them little wiggle room to present viable targets for Cam Newton. Cotchery was essentially taken out of the game and was not able to gain separation in time, especially with the pocket collapsing and Newton rushed and harried.
2014 Week 14 vs NO (2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Limited to a single reception, Jerricho Cotchery's role in the offense was largely eschewed in favour of the speedy Philly Brown and the reliable hands of Greg Olsen. Cotchery, while a decent run blocker in this particular game, was not called upon often and played only a bit-part role. As soon as the Panthers took control of the game and were nursing their lead, any chance of additional catches for the veteran evaporated.
2014 Week 15 vs TB (5 / 5 / 47 / 1 rec)
Reeling in his first touchdown pass of the season was the high point of the day for veteran Jerricho Cotchery. Off play action in the red zone, Cotchery was able to sneak behind the Tampa Bay secondary and get inside position. Derek Anderson fired a dart low into Cotchery's midsection. Cotchery was mainly utilised as a third option apart from that catch, as Anderson connected better and more frequently with Benjamin and Olsen.
2014 Week 16 vs CLE (5 / 5 / 46 / 0 rec)
Jerricho Cotchery was peppered with passes early on as the Browns made it clear they would take away passes to top target Greg Olsen as much as possible. The veteran Cotchery responded with a nice adjustment to a low pass from Newton and continued in a strong vein throughout, hanging on to a bullet pass over the middle despite taking a huge hit from behind as he corralled the ball. It was yet another dependable, if uninspiring, display from the former Steeler.
2014 Week 17 vs ATL (3 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
The wily veteran showed he still has something to contribute to this passing attack with a solid outing, catching everything thrown his way. Although he mainly makes his impact in three-wide sets, often he is afforded favorable matchups in these situations. He made the most of it against Atlanta, winning on an in-cut against man coverage for a nicely executed play in the third quarter. Otherwise he was quiet, but a one-sided game meant the Panthers had little need to pass in the second half.
2014 Week 18 vs ARI (5 / 3 / 14 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Jerricho Cotchery continued to make the small plays that make him invaluable as a role player in this offense. He produced an impressive one-handed tip drill to himself on a sideline catch, killing the ball with his left before securing it with both hands. He also made a nice move to make a man miss on an option pitch, diving forward for a first down. The struggles of Cam Newton hurt the passing offense overall, but Cotchery was to blame for Newton's lone interception. The receiver seemed to give up on his route, turning around midway through as if thinking that the ball was already out of Newton's hands.
2014 Week 19 vs SEA (6 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Largely a bystander in a difficult offensive game for Carolina, Jerricho Cotchery's first target came on the very first third down play for the away team. Newton fired in a catchable pass over the middle, but Cotchery managed to tip it into the air. Fortunately for him and the Panthers, it landed harmlessly on the turf. Cotchery, like the rest of the offense, fed off shorter routes. The veteran struggled to get open against a swarming Seattle back seven.
2013 Week 1 vs TEN (7 / 4 / 34 / 1 rec)
Despite the excitement surrounding rookie Markus Wheaton, it was Jericho Cotchery who came on the field as the Steelers' third receiver. Cotchery immediately caught a curl pass over the middle at the first down marker. Cotchery caught another pass soon after for a first down at the marker when he ran an out route. Roethlisberger looked Cotchery's way on third down again in the third quarter, but the quarterback threw the ball into the ground, not giving his receiver a chance. Roethlisberger tried to find Cotchery down the sideline, but he couldn't make a very difficult one handed reception. Cotchery caught another first down pass late in the fourth quarter as he worked over the middle at the first down marker. Cotchery was not only the Steelers' best receiver on the day, he was also their best player. Fittingly, he got their touchdown as he came free underneath at the goalline.
2013 Week 2 vs CIN (9 / 3 / 59 / 0 rec, 1 / -5 / 0 rush)
Unusually for Cotchery, he dropped his first target as Roethlisberger threw it to him on a short crossing route. Roethlisberger looked for Cotchery deep down the field on the next drive, but overthrew him as he wheeled towards the sideline. Inexplicably, the Steelers used Cotchery in an end-around. Cotchery is an excellent possession receiver, but he doesn't have the speed to run end arounds. He was tackled for a big loss. On the following play, Cotchery was wide open for what would be a first down, but Roethlisberger completely overthrew him again. Cotchery ran a fake screen to catch his next pass in the fourth quarter. Roethlisberger found him down the sideline for a first down. On second and 10, Cotchery came free over the middle before making a good extended catch for a first down. With the Steelers driving, Cotchery came free on a crossing route, but Roethlisberger threw the ball high and behind him leading to a tipped pass and interception. Cotchery caught a deep pass in the dying seconds of the game as the Steelers scrambled to get back in a game that was already over.
2013 Week 3 vs CHI (4 / 3 / 52 / 0 rec)
Cotchery was targeted on Roethlisberger's early interception, but he really wasn't at fault. Roethlisberger didn't come back to him until the third quarter when he found him down the sideline on a fake screen. Roethlisberger went back to Cotchery on third and two, when the receiver was initially held up short on an in route. A combination of he and David DeCastro allowed him to push over for the first down though. With the game decided by Julius Peppers' touchdown, Cotchery caught a deep pass down the seam.
2013 Week 4 vs MIN (6 / 5 / 103 / 1 rec)
Cotchery didn't have a target in the first half, but he caught a quick pass down the seam after play action for a first down early in the third quarter. Cotchery caught a 10 yard pass up the seam early in the fourth quarter on second and 14. Cotchery caught a touchdown later on the same drive when he ran a crossing route at the goal line. Cotchery has never been a speedster, but his understanding of when to sit down in his route allowed him to gain 27 yards down the mddle of the field in the fourth quarter. Down by seven with less than two minutes to go, Cotchery again settled down in the right spot to catch a pass from Roethlisberger before running unopposed down the sideline for a huge gain.
2013 Week 7 vs BAL (4 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec)
Early in the first quarter, Cotchery caught a 19-yard pass over the middle from Roethlisberger. His quarterback found him over the middle again on the very next play as Cotchery kept working late in the play. Cotchery caught a 10 yard pass over the middle on second and long. Late in the fourth quarter, Cotchery caught a quick pass over the middle for seven yards on a first down.
2013 Week 8 vs OAK (4 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)
Cotchery caught a crossing route underneath on first and 10. He did well to snatch the ball out of the air before making his way downfield for a first down. On another crossing route, Cotchery got 10 yards and a first down when he stretched for the marker. Late in the fourth quarter, Cotchery fought off tight coverage before breaking a tackle for a 20 yard gain on second and 20.
2013 Week 9 vs NE (8 / 7 / 96 / 3 rec)
Late in the first quarter, Cotchery gained 15 yards after catching the ball on a shallow crossing route. Early in the third quarter, Cotchery caught his first touchdown pass as he adjusted brilliantly to a backshoulder throw on a seam route. For his second touchdown in the third quarter, Cotchery adjusted well again to a slightly underthrown pass from Roethlisberger. On the next drive, Cotchery caught a deep out route by the sideline for a first down. Cotchery caught a deep curl route for a first down over the middle of the field. A few plays later, he caught a shallow crossing route before turning upfield for a first down. Cotchery's third touchdown was his easiest, as he ran a crossing route in space against linebacker Brandon Spikes. Spikes initially held him up, but Cotchery kept working to get around him for the wide open reception.
2013 Week 10 vs BUF (2 / 2 / 31 / 1 rec)
Cotchery had the Steelers' first reception of the day, as he came free on a crossing route before avoiding a tackle and escaping down the sideline. Cotchery caught a touchdown pass in the second quarter. At the goal-line, he ran an outstanding route as he initially set up as a blocker before seaping past Stephon Gilmore when the cornerback looked in the backfield.
2013 Week 11 vs DET (5 / 3 / 48 / 1 rec)
Cotchery's first catch of the game came in the third quarter. He caught a quick pass in the flat before turning upfield for nine yards. On 2nd-and-10 in the fourth quarter, Cotchery turned a short curl route into a first down with his quickness. Cotchery had a simple touchdown reception later in the fourth quarter after the Steelers ran a fake screen.
2013 Week 13 vs BAL (6 / 2 / 6 / 1 rec)
Cotchery caught his first pass as he ran behind the line of scrimmage and took a short pass for a first down underneath. Cotchery struggled with the targets he received during the game, but caught a late touchdown when the Ravens blew a coverage at the goal line.
2013 Week 14 vs MIA (9 / 5 / 62 / 1 rec)
On first and 20 in the second quarter, Cotchery got his first catch. He beat a defender from the slot before absorbing a big hit from a safety over the middle of the field. He gained 12 yards. Cotchery caught a shallow crossing route for four yards on third and eight in the second quarter. Cotchery caught a first down pass over the middle of the field between two defenders in the third quarter. To start the fourth quarter, Cotchery caught a touchdown pass over the middle of the field between two defenders. Midway through the fourth quarter, Cotchery caught a deep crossing route against tight coverage for a first down. Soon after, on second and 14, Cotchery caught a bubble screen for a first down, but the play was negated by a penalty.
2013 Week 15 vs CIN (3 / 1 / 2 / 0 rec)
Cotchery's first reception came behind the line of scrimmage as he caught a shovel pass before absorbing a huge hit from a linebacker. Cotchery was injured on that play and left the field. James Harrison, the player who hit him, also left with a concussion. He did return, but he didn't have another catch.
2013 Week 16 vs GB (2 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Cotchery has enjoyed a fantastic season, but he has rarely been heavily involved on offense. Today was a typical day. His first target and reception came late in the second quarter and was stopped short of a first down. Two plays later, he dropped a pass as he absorbed a hit from a defender on an out route.
2013 Week 17 vs CLE (6 / 3 / 25 / 1 rec)
Cotchery should have had a touchdown pass on the very first drive of the game, but he couldn't drag his feet on a pass to the back of the end zone. That missed opportunity set up a third and long that Cotchery was able to convert over the middle of the field. In turn, Cotchery then made up for his earlier mistake by catching a pass in the flat before diving into the end zone for a touchdown. It may have taken three more receptions than it should have, but he eventually got the score. Cotchery didn't have another catch again until the third quarter. He was targeted on Roethlisberger's interception on the Steelers' second drive, but the ball never got near the receiver. He opened the third quarter with a reception that was stopped short of a first down on third and five. Cotchery has been adept at getting open in the end zone this season and he nearly had his second touchdown of the day in the third quarter. He couldn't make a diving interception over the middle of the field and he suffered a shoulder injury as he landed.
2012 Week 1 vs DEN (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
As the team's fourth receiver, Cotchery won't contribute very much barring an injury in front of him, but he only received one target in this game. That's a bit surprising considering the multiple no-huddle drives and many 3rd-and-long's this team face Sunday night.
2012 Week 2 vs NYJ (2 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Cotchery only caught one pass in the game, but it set up a touchdown. He was used in a couple two-wide sets, but the team often ran when that occurred. He is an asset on third downs and in no-huddle situations, but his impact in the typical offense will be limited with the other receives ahead of him.
2012 Week 3 vs OAK (1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Cotchery continues to be a veteran presence on the team but just a secondary option within the offense. He plays in four-receiver sets but is rarely targeted. He'll make some big plays to get first downs at key times, but it will be difficult to predict in which games that will happen.
2012 Week 5 vs PHI (1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Cotchery's only reception was a pass at the goalline that appeared certain to go for a touchdown but he stumbled and fell to the ground. Cotchery beat Mychal Kendricks on the crossing route but couldn't keep moving forward for the touchdown.
2012 Week 9 vs NYG (4 / 4 / 50 / 0 rec)
Jerricho Cotchery played the slot WR position very well on Sunday. Cotchery managed to weave his way around zone coverage and find the soft spots very well. He was a great option on third down for Roethlisberger and moved the chains often. Cotchery showed excellent hands at securing the ball, a willingness to fight for it which led him to be the #2 receiver for Pittsburgh this past Sunday. Cotchery had the benefit of being the "forgotten" man against this defense as the Giants primary concerns were Wallace/Sanders/Redman. Cotchery played against rookie CB Hosley a lot and used his veteran knowledge and skills to get open over the middle of the field.
2012 Week 10 vs KC (4 / 1 / 22 / 0 rec)
Roethlisberger missed Jerricho Cotchery on his first target as the duo seemingly had a miscommunication on an out route. Cotchery caught a wide open crossing route for a big third down conversion deep in Steelers' territory late in the game. It was a relatively easy reception, but at a big moment.
2012 Week 11 vs BAL (5 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Jerricho Cotchery secured one catch in each half. During Pittsburgh's first half two minute drill, Cotchery ran an out-route and secured an 11-yard gain. During the second half, Cotchery ran a post route into the end zone, but Corey Graham dove and tipped the sure-fire touchdown out of bounds. During the fourth quarter, Leftwich found Cotchery once again on an out-route for an 11-yard game. Later in the quarter, Cotchery ran a deep drag route and appeared to complete the catch. However, a hellacious, yet clean Bernard Pollard hit jarred the ball away. Cotchery needed help leaving the field.
2012 Week 15 vs DAL (2 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)
Cotchery's first reception went for a first down over the middle on third and five. He fell forward for a first down as a defender hit him immediately after the catch. Cotchery made an outstanding reception after finding a soft spot against zone coverage on a crossing route. Cotchery was wide open, but had to fully extend to bring the ball in.
2012 Week 16 vs CIN (2 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Cotchery caught a quick slant for his first reception and carried it forward for a first down. His second reception went for six yards on second and 11. He broke away from the line of scrimmage late before Roethlisberger checked down to him.
2012 Week 17 vs CLE (3 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Cotchery's first reception was a short route over the mdidle when he kept working late in the play to make a reception. On third and five, Cotchery settled down over the middle against zone coverage for a first down reception.
2011 Week 8 vs NE (1 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Cotchery is simply a depth guy on this team. With all the young talent behind him and their ability to grasp the offense, Cotchery didn't see much of the field as the team went 1 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE for most of the game. His one catch was a 3rd down play that continued the drive. The throw was low, but Cotchery reached down with his right hand and snagged a tough catch.
2011 Week 9 vs BAL (6 / 3 / 44 / 0 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Cotchery performed admirably in his first extended action of the season, stepping in for Hines Ward (who left with a concussion but wasn't incredibly active before then anyway) and Emmanuel Sanders. Two of his catches came on tipped passes, showing concentration and toughness in the middle of the field. Worth noting, his "run" was actually a flare pass near inside the Baltimore ten that was simplye ruled a backward pass. He also had another target inside the ten just before it. He's just a possession receiver at this point, but he could be a solid #3 WR on most teams in the league. He's just a #5 WR for Pittsburgh - highlighting their incredible depth and ability at the position. If Ward and Sanders miss extended time, Pittsburgh has shown in the past that the #3 WR does have value and can produce.
2011 Week 10 vs CIN (4 / 2 / 29 / 1 rec)
Cotchery could have had a much bigger day than he had. He had one TD called back because of pass interference that really did not affect the result of the play. On another drive he got wide open for another score but Roethlisberger missed him. It will be interesting to see how involved in the offense he is when Ward and Sanders are 100%. But with all the attention that Wallace and Brown get Ben will continue to go to him if he is open.
2011 Week 12 vs KC (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
After seeming to have passed Ward on the depth chart in the team's last game at Cincinnati, Cotchery was back to being the #5 WR for this team. His role in the Cincinnati game must have been more due to Ward still suffering from concussion symptoms due to the hit he took in Week 9 game against Baltimore. His one target, however, was at the goal line. Between that and his usage in similar situations against Cincinnati, he could still prove valuable for this team down the stretch as red zone threat like Ward.
2011 Week 14 vs CLE (3 / 2 / 33 / 1 rec)
Cotchery has been a nice depth player for Pittsburgh this season, filling in during injuries and playing well. As good as the young receivers have been, the veterans like Cotchery and Ward are still arguably more effective at finding open spots in the red zone. On Pittsburgh's first touchdown, Cotchery found an open space as Roethlisberger surveyed the field and stepped up in the pocket to find him. He probably doesn't have any 100-yard games in him, but he can be effective on 3rd downs and in close.
2011 Week 15 vs SF (6 / 5 / 93 / 0 rec)
Cotchery has surpassed Hines Ward officially. He was the third WR in the team's opening three-wide set. And he had six targets to Ward's zero. Cotchery has all of Ward's strengths as a receiver - ability to get open in tight spaces, knowledge of coverages - but also has more speed and athleticism at this point of his career. Cotchery is also bigger than Ward and has better leaping ability. By not being used very frequently early in the season, Cotchery appears very fresh for a player of his age. He may have been impressive enough in this game to remain the #3 WR even when second-year player Emmanuel Sanders returns from injury.
2011 Week 17 vs CLE (6 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
Cotchery continues to be an unspectacular but steady option for Roethlisberger. If Pittsburgh wasn't completely dedicated to getting Hines Ward the five catches he needed for 1,000 in his career, Cotchery most likely would have played a bigger role in this game. He's the prototypical role player who doesn't complain about his decreased role due to more talented players above him but can also be counted on to step in and produce should anything happen to a player in front of him.
2011 Week 18 vs DEN (2 / 1 / 31 / 1 rec)
Cotchery's first target was an easy play on a 3rd-and-short that would have netted not only first down yardage but potentially 15 more due to the open field in front of him. Instead, he dropped it, and Pittsburgh had to settle for a field goal. His next opportunity, though, was fantastic. Breaking toward the end zone, he leapt to catch a Roethlisberger pass over the head of a defender, took a hit from another late-arriving defender, and held the ball "through the catch" to ward off a potential Calvin Johnson Rule situation. That touchdown (with its subsequent extra point) tied the game and sent it overtime. Cotchery played well enough - and more importantly, knew his role as a 4th WR - to be brought back by Pittsburgh next year and have a spot. He's valuable on 3rd downs and provides nice depth.
2010 Week 1 vs BAL (5 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Cotchery, like Edwards, suffered due to the Jets offensive ineptitude time and time again. He was targeted deep on one occasion, but was covered superbly by Darrelle Revis. Sanchez targeted him twice on short out routes, one of which he bobbled, almost leading to an interception. Until this passing offense improves, Cotchery and Edwards will be bystanders
2010 Week 2 vs NE (7 / 4 / 26 / 1 rec, 2 / 6 / 0 rush)
Cotchery ended the first half with just one target for one reception and it looked as if the he was due for another lackluster outing. However, he was targeted another six times in the second half, hauling in three for 23 yards and a touchdown. Cotchery looked much more effective during the second half, showing off the reliable hands he has and the team clearly wants him more involved; they went so far as to have Brad Smith take a direct snap and handing the ball off to him. When Sanchez is on his game, he tries to involve Cotchery often. He will never be the primary target but if the Jets can keep their momentum going forward, Cotchery will see his fair share of balls.
2010 Week 3 vs MIA (4 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)
Cotchery saw very few targets and wasn't a huge part of offense beyond the first half. He looked very good when he got the ball and showed great hands, balance and effort as he caught a pass at the sideline, tiptoed down it and around two defenders for extra yards on a catch in the second half. He was also able to draw a pass interference penalty. For the most part, though, Cotchery was an afterthought and not used much.
2010 Week 4 vs BUF (5 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
It's just not Cotchery's year. The normally consistent wide receiver isn't getting heavily targeted as he has in the past and isn't doing much with what he gets. The coverage is tighter, and it's getting to him as he spent times after a missed catch complaining to officials about pass interference calls that never happened. The Jets did not throw a ton today, but his targets overall this season continue to be a disappointment overall and he's not looking terribly effective when he gets something thrown his way.
2010 Week 5 vs MIN (10 / 5 / 46 / 0 rec)
Cotchery's first catch was a nice gain off a bubble screen that was called back for holding. Cotchery runs nice stick routes in tight space and he was wide open in the end zone with 40 seconds left in the first half, but was overthrown by Sanchez in the toughest weather conditions of the night.
2010 Week 6 vs DEN (7 / 4 / 18 / 0 rec)
Cotchery had a quiet day, and wasn't much of a factor in this game, aside from a few very short passes.
2010 Week 8 vs GB (12 / 4 / 89 / 0 rec, 1 / -8 / 0 rush)
Although on one target, Cotchery could have presumably added another short yardage reception but instead had it wrestled away from his grip by Packers cornerback Tramon Williams. Cotchery had the best receiving game out of anyone on the Jets Sunday, mainly due to the fact that the Packers defenses attention was largely focused on Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards. Even so, Cotchery looked fast and quick throughout the day and his hands were just as sure as they've ever been (save for getting that one ball ripped away from his grasp).
2010 Week 9 vs DET (5 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec)
Cotchery has very much become an afterthought in this Jets offense, to the shock of nobody considering the play of Santonio Holmes, Braylon Edwards and Dustin Keller. Still, the Jets have tried to keep him involved though Cotchery has been far from reliable, dropping more than his fair share of catches. He was able to make a pair of catches on Sunday, including a nice grab for 11 yards in the third quarter. Still, when the rubber hit the road, Sanchez looked elsewhere and Cotchery was not a factor in the critical two drives which tied the game, nor the one in overtime which won it.
2010 Week 10 vs CLE (4 / 3 / 43 / 1 rec)
Cotchery had his best game in a long time on Sunday, marred only by a groin injury at the end of the game. On the play where he was injured, Cotchery could be seen suddenly pulling up in his pattern, definitely hurting. However, he still managed to get open while clearly in pain and make the catch for a big first down. Cotchery also found himself wide open in the end zone when the Browns blew coverage in the second quarter. Sanchez wasted no time in zipping the ball into Cotchery for a touchdown.
2010 Week 13 vs NE (3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)
Cotchery has now become a #3 WR in this offense and probably the 4th or 5th read for Sanchez. As a result, he received very few looks and lead to only two catches on the day.
2010 Week 14 vs MIA (12 / 5 / 69 / 0 rec)
Cotchery had some big catches and some big drops in his second game back from a groin injury. He was fed the ball quite often by Sanchez and had some key catches to move the chains. He also had issues holding onto the ball several times and there were one or two times where he didn't quite go where Sanchez thought he would. Cotchery often gets lost in the shuffle with the two marquee players lining up across from him, and it's unusual to see him get as many opportunities as he did. He couldn't do a ton with them though.
2010 Week 16 vs CHI (4 / 2 / 8 / 0 rec)
Cotchery continues to largely be the odd man out in this offense. Sanchez will still check down to him, and he occasionally will hit him on a longer pass but for the most part the young Qb looks towards his better playmakers. Cotchery is usually reliable but is not a big part of this offense.
2010 Week 17 vs BUF (7 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
With Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards getting a lot of time to rest, Jerricho Cotchery was the most targeted player on the Jets. Cotchery played well for the most part and his targets to receptions ratio is a bit skewed as several of the targets attributed to him were balls thrown away by the quarterbacks. Cotchery also nearly had a nice grab while double covered but QB Mark Brunnell was just unable to thread the needle quite enough to give Cotchery a real shot.
2010 Week 18 vs IND (3 / 2 / 17 / 0 rec)
Cotchery has had a very down year, with some very bad performances and more than a few key drops. He had a solid first half, but disappeared after halftime, save for punt return duties. Cotchery can still be reliable but there is too much talent for him to see much action save for the occasional checkdown.
2010 Week 19 vs NE (7 / 5 / 96 / 0 rec)
Cotchery has taken a back seat to Braylon Edwards and Santonio Holmes most of the year, but he was the Jets leading receiver in this crucial game . His main contribution was a massive play on a 58-yard catch and run that included one great move to elude a tackler, and leap over another would-be tackler at the sidelines. The play set up the Jets third TD and allowed them to control the fourth quarter after the Patriots had cut the lead to three. He also had two catches on second-and-longs to make the third down manageable, leading to two big Braylon Edwards catches.
2010 Week 20 vs PIT (8 / 5 / 33 / 1 rec, 1 / -4 / 0 rush)
Cotchery had a terrible drop to sap the Jets of momentum early, and he also left the game for a bit with a hamstring injury, but he did come back to catch a key third-down inside the Steelers 10 and also catch the TD that brought the Jets to within five point late in the fourth quarter. He had little impact as a kick returner and was relegated to a possession receiver role, but Cotchery still affected the game with solid play in the second half.
2009 Week 1 vs HOU (7 / 6 / 90 / 0 rec)
Cotchery was the most sure-handed receiver on the Jets, and he's clearly in synch with Mark Sanchez. He converted four third-down targets from Sanchez with precise routes and very tough running after the catch. Cotchery also present his number to Sanchez when he can to give the QB a big target. He was targeted in the red zone on a well-thrown pass that was barely broken up, or he would have had an even bigger day. Cotchery looks like an excellent WR3, and a solid WR2 with Sanchez ahead of schedule.
2009 Week 2 vs NE (6 / 4 / 87 / 0 rec)
The Jets clearly made it a priority to get the ball to Cotchery in the second half, and he came through. Cotchery took a slant inside the Pats 20 to cover a lot of the yards of the only TD drive of the day, and he got low to catch two passes when he was open that could have been bigger gains if Sanchez had put more air under the ball, including one he caught inside the 10. Cotchery also contributed as a blocker, and he did get one deep target that ended up incomplete.
2009 Week 3 vs TEN (12 / 8 / 108 / 1 rec)
Cotchery is a real #1 wide receiver with Mark Sanchez's arrival ahead of schedule. He got multiple targets in the early game scripted drive, presented himself as a big target, blocking out the DB on third-down conversions and his TD, and he even got open on two downfield throws that would have added 40-50 yards to his total if Sanchez was more accurate. He got the one deep target on the day, and converted it in tight coverage with superior ball tracking and concentration. Congratulations if you drafted him, you might have gotten a top 10 fantasy wideout.
2009 Week 4 vs NO (9 / 5 / 71 / 0 rec)
Jerricho Cotchery had a nice game against New Orleans in spite of the Saints relentless pressure on quarterback Mark Sanchez. He finished the day with 5 receptions for 71 yards including back-to-back first downs in the fourth quarter that counted for 44 of his yards. Cotchery showed excellent concentration on the second of those receptions along the sidelines, beating Jabari Greer to haul in the Sanchez pass. Cotchery spent much of the 2nd and 3rd quarters blocking for short/screen passes to Leon Washington or clearing out the defense with a downfield route while Sanchez tried to complete shorter passes to other receivers.
2009 Week 5 vs MIA (2 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Cotchery caught one short pass, but he was mainly a non-factor. After the game, Cotchery said he probably re-aggravated his hamstring injury, so he could be on the bench next week.
2009 Week 8 vs MIA (8 / 3 / 70 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Cotchery's hamstring looked just fine on a fluid catch-and-run for 50 yards on an improv play by Sanchez. He got an end zone look that was jumped by Sean Smith and almost picked (it would have been a long TD if Smith had held on), and also had his number called on an unsuccessful end around.
2009 Week 10 vs JAX (11 / 6 / 68 / 1 rec)
Cotchery was involved early and often, showing dynamic run after the catch ability. He had a nifty catch in the 2nd half where he scooted for a first down and leaped for additional yardage converting on 3rd down, and his 7 yard TD reception was a perfectly timed route where he used his combination of size, strength, and reliability which will ensure that Sanchez will continue looking his way.
2009 Week 11 vs NE (8 / 3 / 84 / 1 rec)
Cotchery was the intended target on 3 of Sanchez's interceptions and didn't catch a pass until the 3rd quarter when he capped off an 85 yard drive with a 29 yard TD reception on a go route. The ball was thrown down the sideline into the windiest part of Gillette stadium (in front of the open tunnel) and caught Cotchery in stride in the end zone.
2009 Week 12 vs CAR (2 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Cotchery only had one reception on the day with the Jets in hyper-conservative mode, and he did a nice job going low to reel that one in. He also got the call for punt return duty, which showed off his toughness and surprising elusiveness in the open field. It will be hard to trust Cotchery while the Jets are circling the wagons, but his fantasy value will bounce back when the team begins to trust their rookie QB again.
2009 Week 13 vs BUF (6 / 4 / 68 / 0 rec)
The frustration continues as Cotchery was wide open in the end zone early on in the game, but was overthrown by Sanchez. He ended the 1st half with a big play as Sanchez threaded the needle throwing a dart on a seam route that Cotchery took for 45 yards to set up the Jets only TD. After Sanchez exited the game, Clemons looked to Cotchery on a 3rd and 12, converting the first down with a 14 yard completion.
2009 Week 14 vs TB (5 / 1 / 26 / 0 rec)
Cotchery had the best gain of the day on a sideline catch that he took upfield for a 26-yard gain, but twice he was missed low by Kellen Clemens when he got open in the middle of the field. Cotchery also did a nice job as the Jets punt returner.
2009 Week 15 vs ATL (7 / 6 / 49 / 0 rec)
Cotchery served as the short route receiver, with good hands and RB-like running after the catch. He also got open on one of the plays that broke down, with Sanchez finding him for a first down. He and Braylon Edwards have nice skillsets to complement each other, but it remains to be seen whether the Jets will bring Edwards back in 2010.
2009 Week 16 vs IND (7 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)
Cotchery led all Jets receivers with 45 reception yards. He made a couple of nice first down catches, showing nice concentration near the sideline and in close coverage.
2009 Week 17 vs CIN (6 / 5 / 39 / 0 rec, 1 / 6 / 1 rush)
Cotchery was targeted underneath on a variety of passes to the flat and bubble screens. His touchdown came on a bubble screen that was called a lateral.
2009 Week 18 vs CIN (6 / 6 / 67 / 0 rec)
Cotchery has earned Sanchez's trust as a go-to target on third down, both on the sidelines and in the middle of the field. He converted two third and longs, including a 3rd-and-12 on the play before Dustin Keller's long catch and run TD. Cotchery also contributed two nice punt returns to help the Jets win the battle of field position.
2009 Week 19 vs SD (6 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Cotchery had several short receptions, though nothing huge down the field. However, he did have a crucial third down reception midway through the fourth quarter that helped keep a Jets drive alive. At the time, the lead was 10-7. Following that conversion, Shonn Green broke a huge touchdown run that made it 17-7 and the Jets never looked back. Without that third down conversion, things could have been far different.
2009 Week 20 vs IND (7 / 5 / 102 / 0 rec)
Cotchery topped 100 yards as quietly as a player can do that. While Edwards made the big play and the Jets focused their attention on the running game, Cotchery went about his business and was very reliable when called upon.
2008 Week 1 vs MIA (6 / 3 / 80 / 1 rec)
Cotchery was the most targeted Jets' player on the day as he brought in three of six targets for 80 yards and a score. His first touchdown of 2008 came on a 56 yard strike from Favre and required Cotchery to fend off a tackler as he made his way to the end zone. He looked on the same page as Favre and is running with power after the catch.
2008 Week 2 vs NE (3 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)
Cotchery only caught one pass in the loss, but had a large gain called back due offensive pass interference. He also had a touchdown catch deflected away at the last second by a defender.
2008 Week 3 vs SD (12 / 10 / 76 / 0 rec)
Cotchery had three catches for 19 yards in the first half and did not make much of an impact the first half. In the second half, he was Favre's favorite target as he caught seven passes. He was very effective on the catch and run as most of his receptions were on short passes and he gained most of his yards after the catch. Cotchery was not used much as deep threat in this game as his longest catch was only 14 yards and most of those yards came after the catch.
2008 Week 4 vs ARI (4 / 4 / 67 / 2 rec)
Cotchery was targeted just five times, but made the most of them. He caught four passes for 67 yards, including scores of 17 and 40 yards. The 40 yard score came on a fourth down play.
2008 Week 6 vs CIN (9 / 8 / 85 / 0 rec)
Cotchery saw 11 targets on the day and turned out another good game as he caught eight balls for 85 yards. He caught shorter routes most of the time and turned out some big gains as he ran hard after the catch. One of his missed opportunities came on Favre's first interception as Cotchery was open down the sideline, only to see the ball under thrown for an interception.
2008 Week 7 vs OAK (7 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
Cotchery saw a team high in targets but was blanketed all day by the Raiders secondary. He only managed to catch one ball thrown his way which was good for no gain. The Raiders were physical with Cotchery and often sent help over top of his downfield routes.
2008 Week 8 vs KC (13 / 9 / 102 / 0 rec)
Jerricho Cotchery started slow and then took off. This was his first 100 yard game of the season. He didn't have a TD to show for his efforts but it was a very productive day. With nine receptions on the day it was very impressive. One very deep target was in double coverage and Cotchery really didn't have a chance.
2008 Week 9 vs BUF (8 / 6 / 62 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
Cotchery saw a team high eight targets and was able to record six receptions for 68 yards. He was looked to early and often and had a few nice runs after the reception. He is still a clear first choice in Favre's progressions and is relied upon heavily in the Jets passing attack.
2008 Week 10 vs STL (1 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)
Cotchery caught his only target for an early third down conversion. The Jets running game gave the receivers the day off.
2008 Week 11 vs NE (7 / 5 / 87 / 1 rec)
With Coles catching the shorter stuff, this has freed up Cotchery on the other side to vertically stretch opposing defenses. He had a couple of very nice catches on the day including a circus one handed catch with a Patriots defender draped all over him. His touchdown was impressive by making a defender miss on a tackle attempt and then extended the ball with his full reach to break the plane of the goal. Cotchery was targeted in the red zone one occasion other then the touchdown. Also, of note he had a ball stripped away and fumbled early in the fourth quarter.
2008 Week 12 vs TEN (7 / 6 / 55 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Cotchery saw double coverage most of the day and had to make the most of his opportunities as he brought in all six of his targets for 55 yards. With Cortland Finnegan blanketing him for most of the day, Cotchery found some troubles in getting open but was able to contribute when called upon, making the tough catch and fighting for the extra yard.
2008 Week 13 vs DEN (8 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)
In the first quarter Cotchery had the ball pitched to him on an end around, but he couldn't catch it, resulting in a fumble and a Denver touchdown. In the second quarter, Cotchery caught a pass on the line and made a nice move to shed his defender, making an 11 yard gain out of nothing. In the fourth, Cotchery got open deep down the sideline, but dropped the ball despite a perfect throw by Favre. Cotchery finished the game with five receptions for 55 yards.
2008 Week 14 vs SF (4 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)
Cotchery was targeted deep twice by Favre, but he was unable to catch up to the passes. His only reception came with less than six minutes remaining in the game.
2008 Week 15 vs BUF (6 / 4 / 34 / 1 rec)
In the first quarter, Cotchery caught an 11 yard touchdown pass slanting towards the corner of the end zone. It was his most productive catch of the afternoon, but he did manage to add three more receptions, bringing his total yardage for the day to 34 yards. Cotchery was also targeted deep once, but the ball was badly underthrown, giving him no chance to make a play.
2008 Week 16 vs SEA (9 / 6 / 81 / 0 rec)
Cotchery was the most active of the Jets receivers in this game in terms of receptions, averaging 13.5 yards per catch. Both interceptions in this game were on passes intended for Cotchery where Favre was trying to make a play that wasn't there.
2008 Week 17 vs MIA (7 / 2 / 41 / 0 rec)
Cotchery, like two of his teammates saw a high of eight targets but was only able to grab two balls for 41 yards. He was targeted often by Favre however most passes were thrown enough off target to fall incomplete.
2007 Week 1 vs NE (9 / 6 / 57 / 0 rec)
Cotchery was the possession receiver for the Jets on Sunday, totaling nine targets on passes mainly in the middle of the field. He hauled in six of his nine targets for 57 yards and was looked upon in many key third down situations. Cotchery showed good ability to run after the catch as he fought for some very tough yardage through out the day tough.
2007 Week 2 vs BAL (11 / 7 / 165 / 0 rec)
Cotchery had a great game, and only got better as the quarters and minutes ticked by. His 165 yards were 41 yards better than his previous career high. He showed great toughness in multiple runs after the catch where he simply refused to be tackled, including a very impressive run where he held his would-be tackler at bay for an extra 15 yards or so. Clemens clearly developed a rapport with Cotchery, as his targets increased in each of the four quarters. He did all of his damage in the second half, catching seven of his eight targets during the Jets' rabid comeback attempt.
2007 Week 3 vs MIA (6 / 5 / 54 / 0 rec)
Just before halftime, a well covered Cotchery made a clean one handed catch just before he stepped out of bounds at the Miami four yard line, killing the clock with :02 left. It led to a New York touchdown on the next play and an eight point halftime lead. With the Jets ahead in the second half he was only targeted one more time.
2007 Week 4 vs BUF (10 / 8 / 106 / 0 rec, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)
Cotchery led the Jets with eight receptions for 106 yards. His 28 yard reception is Chad Pennington's longest completion of the season. Cotchery had one carry on an end around. The defense snuffed out the play for a two yard loss.
2007 Week 5 vs NYG (11 / 4 / 31 / 0 rec)
Cotchery saw the second most targets of any Jets' receiver bringing in four of his 11 targets for 31 yards. He was the intended target on all three of Pennington's interceptions and could have had a much more productive day receiving.
2007 Week 6 vs PHI (6 / 5 / 71 / 0 rec, 1 / 14 / 0 rush)
Cotchery saw six total targets, which he made the most of by grabbing five of them for 75 yards. He was open most of the day in open space and provided some great yardage after the catch. Cotchery also added 14 yards on an end around in which he made some very nice moves.
2007 Week 7 vs CIN (6 / 6 / 60 / 1 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Cotchery was not involved much in the offense, but did produce a touchdown reception on a Hail Mary at the end of the game, making his game look better than it should have been. Pennington seemed to prefer to go to the speedy Coles against Cincinnati.
2007 Week 8 vs BUF (8 / 5 / 47 / 0 rec)
Cotchery saw a team high eight targets and was able to bring in five of them for 47 yards. He was open underneath for most of the game as a banged up Laveranues Coles saw most of the coverage from the Bills.
2007 Week 9 vs WAS (11 / 5 / 90 / 0 rec, 1 / 11 / 0 rush)
Cotchery led the team in receptions and yardage, and co-led the team in targets with Brad Smith. He made lots of tough grabs and showed decent run after the catch ability. Seven of his 11 looks came after halftime. He lost a fumble on a challenged play where he caught the ball and was immediately struck by two defenders and the ball popped out.
2007 Week 11 vs PIT (5 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Clemens had a tough time connecting with Cotchery although he certainly tried. With Coles limited the Steelers sometimes rolled to Cotchery's side and sometimes the passes were not accurate. In the fourth quarter, Clemons' pass for Cotchery along the left sidelines was intercepted. It seemed like Cothcery was not expecting the ball. On the Jets' next possession he caught his first pass of the game.
2007 Week 12 vs DAL (7 / 2 / 43 / 0 rec)
Cotchery was largely ineffective as he found it difficult to get open. A couple of his targets were thrown away from him, as he did not separate from his defender. He displayed excellent hands on the two receptions he had, including one when he was double-covered.
2007 Week 14 vs CLE (10 / 6 / 119 / 0 rec)
Cotchery's return was a solid one, showing no lingering effects as he came up with a couple of early catches and built on the afternoon as Clemens' favorite deep receiver, however couldn't find the end zone despite multiple targets there, one of which was intercepted.
2007 Week 15 vs NE (8 / 6 / 53 / 0 rec)
Cotchery saw eight targets against the New England secondary as he moved the chains and brought in six balls form 53 yards. He used his toughness and speed to gain good yardage after the catch and prove to be a difficult body to bring down.
2007 Week 16 vs TEN (9 / 8 / 152 / 1 rec)
Cotchery had a break out game as he caught eight of his nine targets for 152 yards and a touchdown. He was the clear option for Pennington, as he led the team in targets yet again and was able to find space all day against the Titans secondary. On the Jets lone scoring play of the game, Pennington was able to find Cotchery in the back of the end zone for a nine yard scoring play. The subsequent extra point was then blocked and the Jets were unable to put points on the board the rest of the game.
2007 Week 17 vs KC (10 / 8 / 76 / 0 rec, 1 / 16 / 0 rush)
Cotchery had another solid game, seeing a team high, 10 targets, and bringing in eight of them for 76 yards. He was effective on all of his routes and again was a key component in moving the chains and winning the time of possession battle.
2006 Week 1 vs TEN (10 / 6 / 65 / 1 rec)
Cotchery has moved into the starting lineup and was Pennington's most targeted receiver. He caught six balls for 65 yards and one touchdown. His long reception was for 19 yards, and four of his receptions resulted in first downs. Cotchery lost a two yard touchdown catch that was called back by a holding penalty. He was in as a punt returner, but had only fair catches.
2006 Week 2 vs NE (7 / 6 / 121 / 1 rec)
Cotchery had another strong game, leading the Jets in receiving yardage and tying for the team lead in receptions. His 71 yard touchdown reception got the New York offense on the board after two plus stagnant quarters. Cotchery would have had a nice gain on the play. However, when Chad Brown attempted to tackle him, he fell onto Eugene Wilson and never contacted the turf. Cotchery got back to his feet and sprinted 47 more yards into the end zone. Cotchery's five other receptions totaled 50 yards.
2006 Week 3 vs BUF (6 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)
Cotchery has settled into New York's number two receiving role. He had receptions of 18, 13, and two yards. The first two catches converted first downs. His 18 yard catch was a key play in the Jets' second touchdown drive.
2006 Week 4 vs IND (4 / 3 / 65 / 1 rec)
Cotchery had three grabs for 65 yards, including a 33 yard touchdown reception. On the play, Chad Pennington found Cotchery in the middle of the field. Cotchery ran for the corner of the end zone and made it to paydirt after a nice stiff-arm flattened Antoine Bethea, who was the only Colts' defender with a chance. Cotchery was the target of a Pennington pass near the goal line and received a pass interference call that set up a one yard Kevan Barlow touchdown plunge.
2006 Week 5 vs JAX (4 / 4 / 49 / 0 rec)
Cotchery led the Jets in receptions and yardage. He caught all four balls thrown his way. Among his receptions were gains of 20 and 19 yards.
2006 Week 6 vs MIA (4 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)
Cotchery had just four targets all game, but only one was catchable. He reeled in that lone ball for a short six yard pickup in the third quarter.
2006 Week 7 vs DET (8 / 7 / 79 / 0 rec, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)
Cotchery was the main target for Chad Pennington, though he did just about all of his damage in the first half. He made a spectacular one-handed snag of a pass early in the game, and was consistently able to get open for big chunks at a time. But the Jets played it more conservatively in the second half, and Cotchery only got one more catch after halftime.
2006 Week 8 vs CLE (10 / 5 / 43 / 0 rec, 1 / 8 / 0 rush)
With two quick catches to open the game, Cotchery seemed poised for a big day, but like the rest of the Jets' offense, failed to build upon an impressive opening drive.
2006 Week 10 vs NE (8 / 6 / 70 / 1 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Cotchery caught six passes for 70 and a touchdown. The TD was the catch of the game for the Jets. With the Jets up just 10-6, Cotchery made a great play on the pass and got both feet down in the end zone. It put the Jets up 17-6 and was the deciding score of the game. Including the touchdown, six of Cotchery's receptions went for a first down.
2006 Week 11 vs CHI (6 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
Cotchery caught three passes for 25 yards and his longest reception went for 22 yards. Pennington looked his way three times on third down. Cotchery picked up the first down on one of those passes.
2006 Week 12 vs HOU (11 / 7 / 110 / 0 rec)
Cotchery caught seven passes for 110 yards, a 15.7 yard average. Cotchery made some big catches in this game. Some of his catches went for ten, 17, 18, 21 and 35 yards. All but one of those catches went for first downs. His 35 yard catch directly preceded the Coles touchdown. He had two first down catches on the New York 54 yard field goal drive. As if that wasn't enough, he also caught an 18 yard pass two plays prior to the Cedric Houston touchdown run.
2006 Week 13 vs GB (11 / 9 / 99 / 1 rec)
Cotchery was the go to guy for Pennington, getting a game high 12 targets and was able to convert that into nine catches for 99 yards and a touchdown. The majority of his catches were on crossing routes or quick outs, however he was open much of the day was very effective. Cotchery could have had more receptions but he was often interfered with, including one target in the end zone that resulted in pass interference and an eventual touchdown for the Jets.
2006 Week 14 vs BUF (8 / 5 / 37 / 0 rec)
Cotchery tied for the team lead in targets with running back Leon Washington. Most of his passes were of the short variety, as his long was 15 yards. Cotchery was targeted in all four quarters, and was the intended receiver on Pennington's first interception that was returned for a touchdown. The pass was too high, was tipped by Cotchery, and fell into the waiting hands of Nate Clements.
2006 Week 15 vs MIN (9 / 6 / 56 / 0 rec)
Cotchery was targeted often against Minnesota, but not quite as much at Laveranues Coles (10 targets versus 13). Cotchery also caught most of his passes for short yardage, gaining under 10 yards on four of his six receptions. He did have a nice run after a catch in the second quarter to extend the play to 17 total yards, his longest catch of the day. He also added a 14 yarder for his third first down of the game in the third quarter. His final target was also a five yard catch, but it was lost due to an unrelated Jets penalty.
2006 Week 16 vs MIA (10 / 4 / 50 / 1 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Cotchery gave the Jets' their opening first down of the game with a six yard catch on their third possession. He was targeted in the end zone on the same drive but the pass fell incomplete. He caught one other pass in the first half for a short gain. Cotchery had a seven yard gain in the half that was credited as a run after he caught a pass behind the line of scrimmage. Cotchery was the target on the Jets' third drive of the second half when Pennington found him at the Dolphins' 11 yard line. It looked like he might score, but a good tackle from Zach Thomas stopped him from reaching the end zone. On the following drive, Cotchery did find the end zone. Pennington threw deep over the middle and Cotchery made the reception. He struggled to keep his balance but made a great effort to get to the end zone. He was called down at the one yard line but after a challenge it was ruled a 32 yard touchdown.
2006 Week 17 vs OAK (9 / 7 / 53 / 0 rec, 1 / -3 / 0 rush)
Cotchery led all Jets in targets, receptions, and yardage. He didn't have any looks in the first quarter, but had several targets in the other three quarters. Cotchery's catches were predominantly on short routes.
2006 Week 18 vs NE (8 / 4 / 100 / 1 rec, 2 / 19 / 0 rush)
Cotchery was busy, but did the vast majority of his damage with one catch and run. He caught a short curl from Pennington before quickly planting and turning upfield. With that one move, he pretty much beat the entire Patriots' secondary to the sideline and then simply outran everyone to the end zone. Interestingly, Cotchery has three receptions this season of forty yards or more, and all three have come against New England. The touchdown was the longest pass play in New York Jets' playoff history
2005 Week 4 vs BAL (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Cotchery was mainly used as a kick returner on the day, but late in the game with his team in dire straits, he came in and was targeted twice on incomplete passes. He probably knew more about Bollinger, as the two are used to working together in practice, but he was unable to use this to his advantage.
2005 Week 5 vs TB (2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Cotchery was not much of a fantasy factor catching two passes for 14 yards.
2005 Week 7 vs ATL (1 / 1 / 7 / 0 rec)
Cotchery caught a quick out for seven yards on a play when the Jets ran a four receiver set.
2005 Week 10 vs CAR (2 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Cotchery caught one ball for eight yards in the second quarter for a first down, and later added four yards that were considered rushing as the pass was a lateral to the receiver.
2005 Week 11 vs DEN (1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)
Cotchery had a short four yard reception in the last two minutes of the game.
2005 Week 12 vs NO (4 / 4 / 72 / 0 rec)
Cotchery had nice game with four catches for 72 yards including two catches of more than 20 yards.
2005 Week 13 vs NE (6 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec)
Cotchery was coming off a career high 72 receiving yards in his sophomore season. His catches went for seven and nine yards. The seven yard reception moved the chains on a third and six play. His six targets indicate his involvement in the offense may be increasing down the stretch.
2005 Week 14 vs OAK (1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Cotchery had one reception for a nine yard gain down the middle of the Raiders' defense.
2005 Week 15 vs MIA (8 / 4 / 44 / 0 rec)
Cotchery caught an 11 yard pass just before the end of the second quarter to give Nugent a chance at a 42 yard field goal to tie the game He was targeted nine times but ended up with four catches for 44 yards in the game.
2005 Week 16 vs NE (4 / 2 / 32 / 0 rec)
Cotchery worked as the third receiver and was targeted a lot, given that the Jets were forced to keep extra blockers in to help their offensive line much of the time. He was able to get down the field and make catches across the middle, and has likely solidified his hold on the third receiver spot with his play the last few weeks.
2005 Week 17 vs BUF (1 / 1 / 45 / 0 rec)
Cotchery was only targeted once, but it ended up being the Jets' longest play from scrimmage all day. Bollinger hit him in stride on third and eight and Cotchery made a 45 yard reception which was a career-long.