The Carolina Panthers are continuing the team tradition of hiring former players as coaches by announcing today that Jerricho Cotchery has accepted the position of Assistant Wide Receivers coach. As you’ll recall, Cotchery played his final two years here in Carolina capping a twelve year career that also saw him play for the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers.
Cotchery is known for being a reliable possession target, not a home run threat. He never really achieved NFL greatness, but was definitely a good player for the vast majority of his career. When a team needed a first down, they often looked Cotchery’s way, thanks to his exceptional route running, great hands, and ability to find holes in coverage. Cotchery also has the reputation as being a high character guy, and a willing veteran teacher, so it makes sense he would try to find his way in the coaching realm.
The Panthers will need all the help they can get next year while trying to iron out the rough edges on both Kelvin Benjamin and Devin Funchess. It remains to be seen whether Ted Ginn jr. will return to the team or not, and what kind of other additions/subtractions the team will make. Until we know how those things play out...