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Panthers WRs Jerricho Cotchery (quad) put in a full week of practice and is probable for Sunday’s game against the Ravens. He should take back over as the #2 WR but isn’t a fantasy option.  He has just 8 catches for 78 scoreless yards in 2 games this season.

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2 months ago

Panthers WR Jerricho Cotchery (hamstring) is inactive for tonight’s matchup with Pittsburgh. Jason Avant (thigh) is active, but Kelvin Benjamin remains the only WR worth playing in fantasy.

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Panthers WRs Jerricho Cotchery and Jason Avant are both questionable for Sunday night's game against the Steelers with quad injuries.  Neither guy should be in your fantasy lineup.  Look for WR Kelvin Benjamin and TE Greg Olsen to continue to dominate targets.

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ESPN's John Clayton reports Jerricho Cotchery is expected to be the #1 WR in Carolina this season.  Fantasy owners are operating as if rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin will be the #1, taking him in the 11th round of drafts.  Cotchery, meanwhile, is going undrafted in most leagues.  Benjamin certainly presents more fantasy upside thanks to his combination of size and athleticism.  But it wouldn't be shocking if the 32-year-old Cotchery led Panthers WRs in catches this season.  He showed that he has gas left in the tank last year, averaging 13.1 yards per catch and scoring 10 TDs for the Steelers.  It's tough to get excited about Cotchery's upside, though, so consider him just a late-round option in deeper fantasy leagues.

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The Panthers have signed WR Jerricho Cotchery.  He immediately jumps to the top of the weakest WR depth chart in the league.  Cotchery flukily scored 10 TDs on just 46 catches last year.  He totaled just 7 scores in the previous 4 seasons.  Cotchery turns 32 in June and has the ability of a #3 WR at this point of his career.  Carolina isn't done at the WR position yet.  Even if Cotchery opens the season as a starter, he'll be no better than a WR4 in fantasy football.

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The Steelers have re-signed WR Jerricho Cotchery to a 2-year deal.  He appeared in 13 games for Pittsburgh last year, registering 30 targets, 16 catches, 237 yards, and 2 TDs.  With WR Hines Ward's departure, Cotchery figures to move up to #4 on the depth chart this season.  He still won't be a fantasy factor though.

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The Steelers have signed WR Jerricho Cotchery to a 1-year deal.  Coming off back surgery, Cotchery didn't draw much interest on the open market after being released by the Jets.  In Pittsburgh, he'll likely slot in as the 4th WR behind Mike Wallace, Hines Ward, and Emmanuel Sanders.  Antonio Brown could even push Cotchery down to #5 on the depth chart.  He's unlikely to be a fantasy factor.

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3 years ago

The Jets have released WR Jerricho Cotchery.  They were looking to trade him, but were never going to find a taker for a 29-year-old coming off back surgery.  Cotch will likely need to settle for a 1-year, prove-it deal and is unlikely to be a fantasy factor this year.  Meanwhile, we've heard that the Jets are closing in on signing free-agent WR Derrick Mason.

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NFL Network's Michael Lombardi reports that Jets WR Jerricho Cotchery is on the trade block.  It's possible that New York is looking to free up some cap space to bring in WR Randy Moss.  Regardless, it's clear that Cotchery, coming off February back surgery, isn't slated to play a big part in the Jets offense this season.  Plaxico Burress seems to have a good grasp on the team's #2 WR spot.  That could change if Moss is brought in though.

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3 years ago

Jets WR Jerricho Cotchery has been medically-cleared to resume football activities after undergoing back surgery this past February. He recently worked out with QB Mark Sanchez. “It felt good to be able to go out there and make cuts and not think about anything,” Cotch said. With the Jets likely to lose at least one of Santonio Holmes or Braylon Edwards, there’s a good chance that Cotchery moves back into the team’s starting lineup in 2011.

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Updating a previous item, Jets WR Jerricho Cotchery expects to be ready for training camp after undergoing back surgery in February.  He's currently rehabbing near his home in New Jersey.  Any type of back injury can continue to nag a player, so we'll continue to monitor Cotchery's rehab.

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3 years ago

Jets WR Jerricho Cotchery revealed that he underwent surgery back in early February to repair a herniated disc in his back.  Cotchery reportedly played through the entire season with the injury, which caused shooting pain down his leg and foot.  "It wasn't a good feeling," Cotchery said. "It was pretty painful."  But his rehab is going well.  "My back is feeling good and I'm progressing really well," he said. "I can't wait to get back on the field."  Cotchery will begin running again in 3 to 4 weeks and is expected to be ready for training camp.  After being 3rd on New York's WR depth chart in 2010, there's a good chance he'll move back into the starting lineup this season.  WRs Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards are both free agents, and the Jets will likely only be able to bring one of them back.

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Jets WR Jerricho Cotchery (groin) is expected back for Monday night's showdown with the Patriots.  He's missed the past 2 games and has clearly fallen behind WRs Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards in the pecking order.  His return is good news for QB Mark Sanchez, but Cotchery isn't a fantasy option.

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4 years ago

As expected, Jets WR Jerricho Cotchery (groin) is inactive for tonight's game against the Bengals.  WRs Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards are both strong starts against an extremely banged-up secondary.

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Jets WR Jerricho Cotchery (groin) did not practice on Tuesday.  He hasn't been ruled out yet, but he's a long shot to play against the Bengals Thursday night.

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Jets WR Jerricho Cotchery (groin) has officially been ruled out for Week 11.  WRs Santonio Holmes and Braylon Edwards should both see a nice bump in targets in an ultra-favorable matchup against the Texans.

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An MRI on Jets WR Jerricho Cotchery's injured groin revealed a slight tear.  Beat writer Rich Cimini passes along that Cotch won't need surgery but is expected to miss at least 2 games.  He'd already been replaced by WR Santonio Holmes in the starting lineup, but this should mean even more targets for the Super Bowl XLIII MVP.  Holmes is shaping up as a solid WR2 the rest of the way.

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4 years ago

Jets WR Jerricho Cotchery suffered a groin injury late in Sunday's win over the Browns.  He'll undergo an MRI on Monday.

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The Newark Star-Ledger calls Jets WR Jericho Cotchery “a natural candidate to work on the slot position.” We agree. When Santonio Holmes returns from his suspension in Week 5, Cotch will kick inside to play the slot. The addition of Holmes – and the Jets run-first approach -- makes him a long-shot for fantasy value after Week 4.

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