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​Jerricho Cotchery returns to Panthers as assistant WR coach

Posted March 2

In March, two-time All-ACC wide receiver out of NC State Jerricho Cotchery signed a two-year deal with the Carolina Panthers and now finds himself in a position to lead a corps of targets for franchise quarterback Cam Newton.

— Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera announced Thursday at the NFL Combine that the team will bring Jerricho Cotchery in as an assistant wide receivers coach.

Cotchery will work under Lance Taylor, who was hired as the team’s wide receivers coach on Feb. 2 after Ricky Proehl resigned from the position in January.

“He’s guy very familiar with our guys, [and] a guy that was a quiet leader in that group,” Rivera said. “Also his experience as a slot receiver – one of the positions that we want to feature and highlight as we start going forward. That’s something we feel will help us even more.”

Rivera said Thursday that former assistant wide receivers coach Cameron Turner will be moved to assist Ken Dorsey with the quarterbacks.

The former N.C. State standout wide receiver recorded 132 catches for 1,065 yards and four touchdowns in two years with the Panthers.

Cotchery was drafted No. 108 overall in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. He spent seven years with the Jets before joining the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he played for three seasons.

In 12 NFL seasons, Cotchery hauled in 524 receptions for 6,623 yards and 34 touchdowns.

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