Cotchery on familiar ground with Carolina
Posted July 28, 2014
Updated July 29, 2014
Spartanburg, S.C. — 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.