Carolina Panthers

Cotchery on familiar ground with Carolina

Posted July 28, 2014
Updated July 29, 2014

— Jerricho Cotchery playing ball in the state of North Carolina, is a match made in pigskin heaven. In March, the two-time All-ACC receiver out of NC State 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.

“Being back in the Carolinas, I want to be part of bringing that first super bowl here,” Cotchery said. “Coming from Pittsburgh, you got to kind of see how they operate in a sense f how they approach every day. They have a mindset of winning a championship – they have six.”

The Steel City situation is just a tad different in Charlotte, where the Panthers seemingly roster an island of misfit receivers. The Panthers lost 65 percent of their passing offense in the offseason. In fact, the wide outs on the 2014 roster have a combined zero catches from Newton.

“You are not going to magically take care of the situation,” Cotchery said. “It is going to be about putting in the work every day.”

As the most tenured flanker in camp, eyes focus on the 10-year NFL veteran Cotchery to take charge. It is a role he knows well from his days in New York after Laveranues Coles' departure.

“I feel comfortable being the old guy,” Cotchery said. “It’s crazy how it has worked out for me. Even in my third year, I was considered the old guy.”

“It’s a blessing even to have his locker next to mine at Bank of America,” receiver Tiquan Underwood said. “With him and Jason Avant, they have been playing aat such a high level for so long, you must learn from them.

Cotchery's road to the Panthers is quite different from another guy who cut his college teeth in Raleigh.

Tuesday at 6 p.m., WRAL concludes Carolina camp coverage with the story of Alex Hall, a former St. Augustine defensive end whose story stretches north of the border.

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  • Doc Holliday Jul 29, 10:59 p.m.

    Thats 10 td's on 46 catches and 13 yards per catch. Wish we still had em.

    — Posted by Toddler10-21

    Well, judging from the last 4 years, he's due to go for 16 or 17 grabs this season. Kiddin' about that...hopefully he'll prove to be a nice addition.

  • Doc Holliday Jul 29, 10:57 p.m.

    Good catch by the Panthers...he was 88th in the NFL in receptions last season.

    — Posted by Doc Holliday

    he was tied for 7th in the league for td catches by a wide receiver(same number as Wes Welker... View More

    — Posted by sweet D

    Time will tell, D. In 2011, he went for 16 grabs & 2 TDs, in 2012 he caught 17 balls & had 0 TDs. Fluke in 2013? Have to give him credit on maximizing his catches...the 10 TDs is impressive stuff. However, the Lake Tahoe Terror (Big Ben) is a better passer than Cam & the Panthers struggled in the red zone last season. I pull for the Panthers after my #1 team. Hope it works out for 'em.

  • Toddler10-21 Jul 29, 3:13 p.m.

    Thats 10 td's on 46 catches and 13 yards per catch. Wish we still had em.

  • Toddler10-21 Jul 29, 3:04 p.m.

    10 touchdowns B as a third receiver.

  • Maxxx Jul 29, 12:32 p.m.

    ....."the wide outs on the 2014 roster have a combined zero catches from Newton"

    so exactly who... View More

    — Posted by I am not who you think I am

    Tune in this season to find out!!!

  • I am not who you think I am Jul 29, 8:46 a.m.

    ....."the wide outs on the 2014 roster have a combined zero catches from Newton"

    so exactly who is superduperman's go to WR, that is when he's not running for his life or lying flat on his back because his blindside OT is still learning his position

  • sweet D Jul 29, 8:10 a.m.

    Good catch by the Panthers...he was 88th in the NFL in receptions last season.

    — Posted by Doc Holliday

    he was tied for 7th in the league for td catches by a wide receiver(same number as Wes Welker and Larry Fitzgerald)......last yr Olsen led the Panthers with 6 td catches....Steve Smith had 4....so yes, good pick-up for the Panthers.....the best catch I remember him making was when he played for the jets, and pulled a hammie while running his route on a 3rd and long.....the ball was thrown slightly behind him, and he made a one-handed catch for the first down while balancing on his good leg....solid receiver who Cam will rely on

  • StunGunn Jul 29, 7:01 a.m.

    Glad the Panthers have Cotchery - his experience will be a huge plus for the Panthers.

  • Doc Holliday Jul 29, 6:51 a.m.

    Good catch by the Panthers...he was 88th in the NFL in receptions last season.

  • jmcdow2792 Jul 29, 5:05 a.m.

    Cotchery has been steady for years. He was my favorite at State with Rivers. He will be a good addition. I may have to start watching some more Panthers games.

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