Plenty of questions have been brewing around what the Carolina Panthers were/are going to do at wide receiver. Letting the likes of Steve Smith, Brandon Lafell, Ted Ginn, and Domenik Hixson leave for other teams. Those 4 were the top 4 receivers for Cam Newton last year. So who is Cam going to target this year out wide? Signing Tiquan Underwood and Jason Avant is a good start, and first round pick Kelvin Benjamin is expected to evolve as the go-to-guy.
Let me introduce you to Jerricho Cotchery. A home grown product, he played his college ball with all-pro quarterback Philip Rivers at North Carolina State. Drafted in 2004, as a 4th round pick by the Jets, Cotchery didn’t see much action until 2006. After injuries and discipline problems in the Jets receiving core, Cotchery emerged as the 2nd target to Chad Pennington. With 82 catches in the 06’ and 07’ season, his stock was rising. Change of quarterbacks and injuries led to a decline in production and thus leading to his release in 2011.
By: James Woodham
James is an aspiring sports writer and journalism major at UNCC. You can follow him on Twitter at @Dylan_Woodham or check out his NBA focused blog at http://jwoodham3.wordpress.com/