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82 Jerricho Cotchery WR
Height/Weight: 6-1/205 | Birthdate: 6/16/1982 | Birthplace: Birmingham, AL, USA | Team: Carolina | College: North Carolina State | NFL Experience: 11 | Owned/Started%: 23/2 | Average Draft Position: 165.29
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Panthers name top three receivers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) As expected, Panthers coach Ron Rivera named rookie Kelvin Benjamin and veterans Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant the team's top three receivers, reports the Associated Press. Benjamin continues to look good in camp, especially in the red zone.

Paper predicts roles for Panthers receivers


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/21/2014) Jerricho Cotchery and rookie Kelvin Benjamin will start while Jason Avant works as the third receiver. That's the prediction of how the Panthers will re-stock their receiving corps according to the Charlotte Observer

The paper thinks Tiquan Underwood might have cost himself an opportunity after dropping a lot of passes through the OTAs. Rarely-used receivers Marvin McNutt and Tavarres King don't look like full-time players just yet. The paper suggested Brenton Bersin as a candidate to step into a small role -- the 6-foot-3, 210-pound receiver is a favorite of Cam Newton's and he knows every receiving spot, which the coaches like. 

Carolina's offense figures to use more two-tight end sets with Greg Olsen and Ed Dickson the primary weapons. 


Cam Newton working with new receivers


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/18/2014) Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is running a three-day training session for the team's quarterbacks and receivers in Greensboro, N.C., reports the Charlotte Observer.

The group includes Newton, two other quarterbacks, nine receivers and one tight end. Of the 13 players there, no one other than Newton threw or caught a pass for the Panthers in the 2013 regular season, which means Greg Olsen is not in attendance.

Newton, close to but still not 100 percent on his surgically repaired ankle, has missed nearly all of the offseason workouts while rehabbing and has not been able to throw as much as he would like with his brand-new receiving corps, which includes rookie Kelvin Benjamin and veterans Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant.

"We're trying to fill in the question marks, and it starts with these days," Newton said. "No distractions."


Panthers receivers could be better in 2014


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/17/2014) The Panthers entire receiving corps has been overhauled this season, but ESPN reports the unit could be better this year.

Gone are Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell, Ted Ginn and Domenik Hixon. In their place are rookie Kelvin Benjamin and veterans in Jerricho Cotchery, Jason Avant and Tiquan Underwood.

The report says Smith at 35 was no better than a No. 2 receiver and at the end of his career. LaFell, Ginn and Hixon really weren't big losses when you look at it closely.

The key here will be chemistry, but Benjamin looks like a red zone beast at 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds and Cotchery and Avant are solid possession receivers, who are more dependable than the players they replaced.


Panthers WRs set to catch Cam Newton's passes soon


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(7/11/2014) The Panthers open training camp on July 26 but the receivers will begin working with quarterback Cam Newton next week in Charlotte, wideout Tiquan Underwood told USA Today on Thursday. 

"It's been more difficult because Cam's coming off an ankle injury and he had to get surgery, so we couldn't throw with him as much as we would like," Underwood said. " ... We're just going to try to speed up the process. We're all going to throw -- Derek Anderson, Cam Newton, Joe Webb, Matt Blanchard and all the receivers -- just to work on timing and get that down pat before camp."

Newton has barely practiced with his receivers this offseason as he's recovered from ankle surgery. Nearly all of his receivers are new to the Panthers -- Jerricho Cotchery, Jason Avant and Underwood all signed as free agents while Kelvin Benjamin was taken with the team's first-round pick.

Any chemistry Newton can develop with his receivers before camp starts would be considered a huge plus for the Panthers offense. 


Panthers receivers ready to make plays


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/3/2014) The new Panthers receivers of Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant aren't trying to replicate what Steve Smith and the previous regime did prior to this year, reports ESPN. They want to make plays on their own.

The report says from the outside looking in, it may appear the Panthers have taken a step back after losing their Top 3 receivers in Smith, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn. But in Cotchery and Avant they added a pair of receivers that caught a combined 84 passes for 12 touchdowns last season. The numbers aren't overwhelming, but in terms of touchdowns they had only two less than what Smith, LaFell and Ginn combined for in 2013.

When you factor in rookie Kelvin Benjamin , the report says "this potentially is a more talented group."


Jerricho Cotchery ticketed for the slot


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/2/2014) New Panthers receiver Jerricho Cotchery is expected to play in the slot according to the Charlotte Observer. The veteran "no-maintenance" receiver according to former coach Mike Tomlin can use his size (6-foot-1, 200 pounds) to hold up against linebackers and safeties. 

Per ProFootballFocus.com, Cotchery caught 30 passes for 343 yards and five scores in the middle of the field between 1 and 19 yards from the line of scrimmage last season. That's half of his touchdown total and more than half of his reception and yardage totals. 


Cam Newton needed Kelvin Benjamin


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(5/9/2014) No quarterback needed a receiver more than Cam Newton, and thankfully the Panthers gave him one Thursday night in the first round of the NFL Draft. With pick No. 28, the Panthers selected Kelvin Benjamin from Florida State.

Benjamin immediately becomes the best receiver in Carolina (tight end Greg Olsen is obviously the best weapon, but we're talking just wideouts). After losing Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn this offseason, the Panthers went into Thursday night with Jerricho Cotchery, Jason Avant and Tiquan Underwood atop the depth chart. Yes, you read that right.

We're not expecting Benjamin to become an elite Fantasy receiver, but this is a great opportunity. In two seasons with the Seminoles (27 games) Benjamin posted 1,452 yards on 80 catches with 18 touchdowns -- 14 last season. He was a great weapon for Jameis Winston for the Seminoles, and we hope he does the same for Newton. At 6-foot-5, 240 pounds he is a great target.

Newton, who is coming off ankle surgery, is still a No. 2 Fantasy quarterback on Draft Day because of his lack of weapons. But if Benjamin can develop quickly, and Newton goes back to running more, his value will rise.

As for Benjamin, he's worth a late-round flier in re-draft leagues. And he's a second-round pick in rookie-only formats.


Jerricho Cotchery signs with Panthers


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(3/20/2014) The Panthers have signed receiver Jerricho Cotchery, reports the NFL Network.

Cotchery was deciding between a return to the Steelers or signing in Carolina, and he chose the Panthers, who are in dire need of receiving help after parting ways with Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn.

Cotchery finished 2013 with 46 catches for 602 yards and a career-high 10 touchdowns.


Jerricho Cotchery deciding between Panthers, Steelers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2014) Free agent receiver Jerricho Cotchery left his visit with the Panthers without a contract, reports the Charlotte Observer. Cotchery, who caught 10 touchdown passes last year, will choose between Carolina and returning to the Steelers.

Jerricho Cotchery to visit Panthers


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2014) Free agent receiver Jerricho Cotchery will visit the Panthers on Monday, reports the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. He had a career-high 10 touchdowns last season with the Steelers.

Steelers could make changes at receiver


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(2/20/2014) The Steelers will likely lose free agent receiver Emmanuel Sanders this offseason, but the team could re-sign Jerricho Cotchery, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Plaxico Burress is also not expected to return.

Antonio Brown and Markus Wheaton will likely open the season as the starters, and Cotchery could be the No. 3 receiver. 


Two Steelers suffer injuries Week 17


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/30/2013) Coach Mike Tomlin said two Steelers suffered injuries in the Week 17 win over Cleveland. Wideout Jerricho Cotchery injured his ribs and will be evaluated Monday. Nose tackle Steve McLendon aggravated his high ankle sprain.

Jerricho Cotchery scores; he and Emmanuel Sanders do little otherwise


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) The Steelers got typical performances from wide receivers Jerricho Cotchery and Emmanuel Sanders in Week 17, a 20-7 win over the Browns.

Neither player posted a huge yardage total, with Cotchery racking up 25 yards on three receptions, while Sanders had two catches for 26 yards. Cotchery did manage to make an impact yet again in the red zone, as he has done all season, as he scored from 9 yards out in the first quarter.

Cotchery finishes the season with a career-high 10 touchdowns, while catching 46 passes for 602 yards. Sanders notched 67 catches for 740 yards, both of which represent career-high marks. 


Several Steelers make small contributions to victory


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Two greatly used Steelers wideouts caught just three passes between them Sunday at Green Bay, but one was a biggie.

That one was a 1-yard scoring snag in the first quarter by Emmanuel Sanders, who finished with two receptions for 7 yards. Jerricho Cotchery caught one pass for 9 yards in the win.

Also pitching in were running backs Jonathan Dwyer, who both ran and received for 7 yards, and fullback Will Johnson, who caught one pass for 6 yards. Fellow back Felix Jones had one rushing attempt for 6 yards.


Jerricho Cotchery green-lighted for battle against Steelers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Steelers wideout Jerricho Cotchery has been cleared for action Sunday at Green Bay despite an ankle problem that had him designated as probable.

Jerricho Cotchery absent from Wednesday practice


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/18/2013) A shoulder ailment that had Steelers wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery listed as probable before getting clearance to play in Week 15 had him sidelined from Wednesday practice, per ESPN. Barring a setback, he should be fine for Sunday at Green Bay.

Steelers get offensive contributions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2013) Several Steelers played a minor offensive role in the win over the Bengals. Running back Jonathan Dwyer ran six times for 26 yards, while running back Felix Jones carried five times for 22 yards.

Receiver Jerricho Cotchery drew three targets, including one in the end zone, but was limited to a 2-yard reception. 


Emmanuel Sanders, Jerricho Cotchery ready to face Bengals


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) Steelers receivers Emmanuel Sanders (foot) and Jerricho Cotchery (shoulder) are active for the game vs. Cincinnati after being listed as probable on the injury report.

Seven Steelers probable for game against Cincinnati


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/13/2013) The Steelers have deemed seven players probable for their Sunday night AFC North showdown against the Bengals.

Those listed are guard Kelvin Beachum (knee), wideouts Emmanuel Sanders (foot) and Jerricho Cotchery (shoulder), guard David DeCastro (foot), defensive end Ziggy Hood (ankle), safety Troy Polamalu (shoulder) and tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle).


Jerricho Cotchery about 50-50 to score


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2013) Although he leads the team with nine touchdowns, Steelers receiver Jerricho Cotchery is barely better than a 50-50 bet to catch a scoring pass any given Sunday. He's done it in seven of 13 games, including Week 9 when he caught three at New England.

It's hard to trust Cotchery, even as a flex, because if he doesn't score you're left with measly stats. He averages 43.9 receiving yards overall and has drawn 22 targets (4.4 per game) in his last five outings.

The Steelers somehow remain alive for the playoffs entering Sunday night's game vs. Cincinnati. Cotchery, who has scored in five of the last six games, likely will keep playing ahead of rookie Markus Wheaton as the No. 3 receiver. Still, look elsewhere for your Week 15 flex.


Jerricho Cotchery might be limited early in practice week


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/10/2013) Steelers coach Mike Tomlin said wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery might be limited in practice early in the week due to a shoulder bruise. However, Cotchery should play Week 15 vs. Cincinnati.

Jerricho Cotchery scores again


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) Steelers wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery continues to be Ben Roethlisberger's favorite red-zone target, as he scored his ninth touchdown in six games Sunday, in a 34-28 loss to the Dolphins in Week 14.

Cotchery caught a 16-yard touchdown at the start of the fourth quarter, giving the Steelers a lead the defense was unable to hold on to. He finished the game with five catches for 63 yards, while being targeted nine times to match the team lead.

Cotchery doesn't have eye-popping numbers this season, with the exception of his red-zone proficiency. He enters Week 15 against the Bengals with 41 catches for 572 yards and nine touchdowns, all of which have come since Week 9. 


Jerricho Cotcher scores again in Week 13


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/29/2013) Steelers wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery continued his solid play in Week 13 against the Ravens, as he scored his sixth touchdown in five games in a 22-20 loss.  

Cotchery finished the game with just two catches for 6 yards on six targets, but his final reception was a big one. He scored from 1 yard out, to put the Steelers just a two-point conversion away from sending the game into overtime.

Cotchery has emerged as a viable red-zone target this season, after totaling just two touchdowns in his previous two seasons. He enters Week 14 against the Dolphins with 36 catches for 509 yards and eight touchdowns. 


Jerricho Cotchery, Emmanuel Sanders weak Fantasy options


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/27/2013) Antonio Brown hasn't hogged all the receptions among Steelers wideouts in 2013. Jerricho Cotchery and Emmanuel Sanders have 82 catches for 1.074 yards and 10 touchdowns between them. Cotchery even has seven touchdowns, though he was held without a catch Sunday in Cleveland.

One or the other is usually a respectable second receiver or flex option in deeper Fantasy leagues, but probably not Thursday in Baltimore. Based on their performances against the Ravens in Pittsburgh in Week 6, neither is a strong play. Sanders bottomed out with one catch for 7 yards while Cotchery managed four receptions for 41 yards.

The three CBSSports.com senior Fantasy writers rank neither Sanders nor Cotchery in the top 39 among all NFL wideouts this week for a good reason. Fantasy owners should find better wide receivers for Week 13. Both Sanders and Cotchery are risky plays, particularly since both are slumping a bit.