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Cotchery with the Steelers in 2013.
No. 82 Carolina Panthers
|Date of birth:June 16, 1982|
|Place of birth: Birmingham, Alabama|
|High school: Birmingham (AL) Phillips|
|College: NC State|
|NFL Draft: 2004 / Round: 4 / Pick: 108|
|Debuted in 2004 for the New York Jets|
|Roster status: Active|
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Jerricho Cotchery (born June 16, 1982) is an American football wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. He has also played for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He played college football for North Carolina State.
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Cotchery was a two-time All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection. He broke North Carolina State school records with 200 career receptions and 15 career 100-yard receiving games, both records previously held by consensus All-American Torry Holt (1995–98), and finished second to Holt in school history with 3,119 yards and 21 touchdown catches. Cotchery and Florida State's Peter Warrick are the only two receivers in ACC history to record 200 career receptions and 3,000 career receiving yards. He caught at least one pass in 39 consecutive games, which ties for the longest streak in NC State history. He majored in sports management.
2004 NFL Draft
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New York Jets
In 2004, Cotchery saw very little playing time on offense. In his limited action Cotchery caught 6 passes for 60 yards in 12 games (with no starts) as the team's 5th receiver. As a kick returner, he had 13 returns for 362 yards (27.8 yard average) and one touchdown.
In 2005, Cotchery entered the season as the fourth string wide receiver, but following an injury to Wayne Chrebet, he moved up the depth chart to third string. In 16 games (with one start), he caught 19 passes for 251 yards, but he did not have a touchdown. He returned 4 kicks for 105 yards (26.3 yard average) and 23 punts for 182 yards (7.9 yard average).
Fellow Jets WR Justin McCareins showed up for training camp for the 2006 season and failed his physical, landing in new head coach Eric Mangini's doghouse. Mangini promoted Cotchery to be the second starting receiver opposite Laveranues Coles, calling him "most outstanding player in our offseason program."  Cotchery started for the Jets in week 1 against the Tennessee Titans. He had 6 catches for 65 yards and had his first NFL touchdown from quarterback Chad Pennington. Next week against the New England Patriots Cotchery had 6 catches for 121 yards and a touchdown, a career-long 71-yard catch, in a 17-24 loss. In week 4, Cotchery had another touchdown catch in a 28-31 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. In week 10 the Jets beat the Patriots at Gillette Stadium 17-14, as Cotchery had 6 catches for 70 yards and a touchdown, moving the Jets to only one game behind the Patriots for first place. In week 12 Cotchery had 7 catches with 110 yards in a Jets win over the Houston Texans 26-11. Next week he had 9 catches for 99 yards and a touchdown against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau field in a Jets win 38-10. The Jets were 7-6 after week 14, but they got hot and won their last 3 games to make the playoffs as a wildcard team. Their final record was 10-6. Cotchery ended the regular season with 82 catches (tied for 16th in the NFL) and 961 yards (22nd). Many of his catches were spectacular or in important situations.[peacock term] Much of his success came from his unusual ability[peacock term] to gain yards after a catch. Cotchery had 100 receiving yards and a touchdown in the Jets' wildcard weekend loss to the New England Patriots.
Cotchery signed a multi-year extension with the Jets on March 1, 2007. The Jets opened the 2007 season against the team that had kicked them out of the playoffs, the New England Patriots. Cotchery had 6 catches for 57 yards in a 14-38 Jets loss. After the game it came out that the Patriots were videotaping New York Jets' defensive coaches' signals during the game. Later it was called Spygate. In week 2 against the Baltimore Ravens Cotchery had 7 catches and set a new career high of 165 reception yards in a 13-17 loss. On September 30, 2007, Cotchery had 8 catches for 107 yards in a Jets loss to the Buffalo Bills. In week 7 the Jets were playing the Cincinnati Bengals when Cotchery got his first touchdown reception of the year. He had 6 catches for 60 yards in the game. At the half of the Jets season they were 1-7 and were going through a quarterback controversy between Chad Pennington and Kellen Clemens. In week 11 the Jets got a win over playoffs contender Pittsburgh Steelers. It was the biggest win of the season for the Jets, but Cotchery only had 1 catch for 5 yards. Now their record was 2-8. On Monday, November 26, 2007, Cotchery injured his right index finger during practice, requiring surgery. Many[who?] thought he would miss the rest of the reason, but he only missed one game.
In his first game back after his surgery, Cotchery had 6 catches with 119 yards as the Jets lost to the Cleveland Browns 24-18. In a week 16 loss to the Tennessee Titans, Cotchery had 8 catches for 152 yards with a touchdown, the lone score for the Jets that day. In the final game of the season, an overtime win against the Kansas City Chiefs, Cotchery had 8 receptions for 76 yards. Cotchery had his best season yet, although the Jets' record was 4-12 and they were last in the AFC East; he finished the season with 82 receptions, 1,130 yards, two touchdowns and a 13.8 yards-per-catch average, all team highs. Former Jets head coach Herm Edwards said he regretted not playing Cotchery more while he was coaching the Jets.
In August 2008, the Jets traded for Brett Favre. In Favre's first start for the Jets against the Miami Dolphins, Favre threw his first touchdown as a Jet to Cotchery, who finished the day with 3 receptions for 80 yards in a 20-14 Jets win. In a week 4 win over the Arizona Cardinals, Favre threw for 6 touchdowns, including two to Cotchery, who had 4 catches for 67 yards. In week 11, Cotchery caught 5 for 87 yards in a win over division rivals the New England Patriots. The Jets moved past the Patriots for first place in the AFC East. The following week, the Jets beat the Tennessee Titans 10-0, with Cotchery catching 6 passes and the Jets improving to 8-3. In week 15, Cotchery had a touchdown catch in a win against the Buffalo Bills that snapped a two-game losing streak. The Jets were 8-3 and in first place in the AFC East. The Jets lost 4 out of their next 5 games and finished 9-7, missing the playoffs for the second straight year. Cotchery ended the season with 71 receptions for 858 yards, 12.1 yards per catch average and 5 touchdowns. He played and started in all 16 games.
After the departure of Laveranues Coles to the Cincinnati Bengals, Cotchery became the Jets' number one receiver. In Week 1 Cotchery had 6 catches for 90 yards in a Jets win over the Houston Texans. In week 3 the Jets beat the Tennessee Titans at home, and Cotchery had 8 receptions for 108 yards, as well as his first touchdown reception of the season. Cotchery made 57 catches for 821 yards in 2009. The Jets finished the regular season with a 9-7 record and made the playoffs as a wildcard. The Jets beat the Cincinnati Bengals in the wildcard round, with Cotchery catching 6 passes for 67 yards. The following week, the Jets beat the San Diego Chargers to reach the AFC Championship game against the Indianapolis Colts, where the Jets lost 30-17, with Cotchery catching 5 passes for 100 yards.
On April 11, 2010, the New York Jets traded for wide receiver Santonio Holmes and in exchange gave up a 5th round pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, pushing Cotchery down to the third-choice wide receiver, behind Holmes and Braylon Edwards. On November 14, 2010, Cotchery had three catches for 43 yards and a touchdown in a 26-20 overtime win over the Cleveland Browns. Cotchery hurt his groin and missed the following two games. Cotchery finished the season with 41 catches for 433 yards with two touchdowns in 14 games. He started 5 games, the lowest number since the 2005 season. Cotchery was released by the Jets on August 4, 2011.
Cotchery agreed to a one-year deal with the Pittsburgh Steelers on August 11, 2011, after he had met with the team at training camp the previous week. On April 12, 2012, he was reported to have re-signed for two more years, agreeing to a deal worth around $3 million.
On March 20, 2014, Cotchery agreed to a two-year deal with the Carolina Panthers. Through the second week of the season, Cotchery had the most receptions in the NFL among all receivers, possessing a perfect 'catch rate', recording receptions on all 9 targets thrown in his direction. Cotchery missed week three vs the Pittsburgh Steelers because of a hamstring injury he suffered during a 9/18 practice.
Cotchery was born with six fingers on his left hand. He is the second youngest of 13 children. On May 30, 1998, Cotchery was in a car accident. He lost a lot of blood through several cuts on his arms, hands and head. Cotchery still has scars on his wrists and hands, and as of 2008, shards of glass continued to work their way up and out of his skin.
Cotchery married his wife, Mercedes, a month after being selected by the Jets in 2004. The couple adopted their daughter, Jacey, in 2007. The couple also have two sons, Joshua and Nicholas. In the past year the couple adopted their one year old daughter, Journey.
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