Jerricho Cotchery WR CAR 2 months ago

Cotchery could have his role reduced somewhat this season, reports.

Cotchery embodied an underwhelming No. 2 wideout for the Panthers last season, but could slide back on the depth chart this term. Along with Carolina drafting Devin Funchess in the second round and signing veteran Ted Ginn, Corey Brown's late-season development gives the Panthers another decent receiving option. As a result, the aging Cotchery could be relegated to a more appropriate reserve role this season.

Jerricho Cotchery WR CAR 7 months ago

Cotchery wrapped up his debut season in Carolina with 48 catches (on 78 targets) for 580 receiving yards and one touchdown in 15 games played.

Cotchery joined the Panthers last offseason after surprisingly going for 10 touchdowns in 2013 as the Steelers' No. 3 wideout. While Cotchery assumed Carolina's No. 2 receiver role upon signing with the team, his totals this season were still nearly identical to last season, excluding touchdowns. That's because along with the Panthers' preference to run around the goal line, the presence of red zone targets Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin further precluded Cotchery from finding pay dirt. In short, Cotchery's 10-touchdown campaign appears to have been an anomaly, but the 32-year-old remains a serviceable third or fourth pass-catching option. With the Panthers expected to be in the market for further help at wide receiver, Cotchery's fantasy stock figures to be in a holding pattern as he mentors younger players at the position.

Jerricho Cotchery WR CAR 8 months ago

Cotchery had five catches on five targets for 47 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Buccaneers.

While Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin each reached the 100-yard mark, Cotchery was the one who caught quarterback Derek Anderson's lone touchdown pass. The score was Cotchery's first this season, a tremendous drop after he scored 10 times for the Steelers last season.

Jerricho Cotchery WR CAR 9 months ago

Cotchery (hamstring) is active for Sunday's game against the Falcons.

The Panthers' passing attack is sputtering right now, and Cotchery finds himself behind Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen on quarterback Cam Newton's preferred list of targets. Averaging just 32 receiving yards per game over the last four weeks, Cotchery is only a desperation fantasy play, even against the league's weakest pass defense.

Jerricho Cotchery WR CAR 9 months ago

Cotchery (hamstring) is probable for Sunday's game against Atlanta.

Cotchery's health isn't in question, but even at full health there's not much reason to anticipate high-level fantasy production. He has just 30 catches for 390 yards and zero touchdowns through nine games.

Jerricho Cotchery WR CAR 9 months ago

Cotchery (hamstring) was a full participant in practice Thursday.

Cotchery began the week with a missed practice, but an unhindered return Thursday proves the viability of his hamstring. Since taking a seat in Week 3 due to a thigh injury, he's averaged 6.6 targets per game, meaning he's due to take advantage of Cam Newton's trust. Considering a similar rep count Sunday, Cotchery will aim to reach the end zone for the first time in a Panthers uniform against a Falcons defense that has given up 16.8 YPC and one receiving touchdown per game to wideouts this season.

Jerricho Cotchery WR CAR 9 months ago

Cotchery (hamstring) didn't take part in practice Wednesday.

Cotchery matched Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen with seven targets during Monday's defeat at the hands of the Eagles. However, Cotchery's subpar outing -- two catches for 15 yards -- can perhaps be blamed on a balky hamstring. In any case, owners should keep a watchful eye on his activity level in practice as the week continues onward.

Jerricho Cotchery WR CAR 10 months ago

Cotchery caught 2-of-7 targets for 15 yards in Monday's 45-21 loss to the Eagles.

Cotchery, Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen all tied for a team-high seven targets, though some of Cotchery's were all but pointless. There were at least two occasions when Cam Newton threw jump balls for a well-covered Cotchery, as the Panthers' quarterback was seemingly just trying to avoid the pass rush. Normally, Cotchery's about the last receiver you'd look for in such a situation, as he doesn't possess plus size or speed. In any case, he's still the clear third option in the Carolina passing game, which has been consistently awful over the last four weeks.

Jerricho Cotchery WR CAR 10 months ago

Cotchery caught two passes (on five targets) for a team-high 59 yards in Thursday's loss to the Saints.

Cotchery's topped the 50-yard plateau for just the third time this season Thursday, but once again failed to find the end zone. The veteran's fantasy value resembles that of a possession receiver, without offering the touchdown potential he enjoyed last season with the Steelers.

Jerricho Cotchery WR CAR 10 months ago

Cotchery caught three passes (on five targets) for 33 yards in Sunday's game versus Seattle.

Cotchery continues to be a regularly involved member of the Panthers' passing game, albeit as a possession receiver. The 32-year-old has caught at least three passes in all seven games he's played this season, but has topped the 50-yard plateau just twice. Furthermore, Cotchery is still without a touchdown this season, representing a huge drop-off from his 10-score campaign last year.