We all know 2010 was a disappointing season for New York Jets receiver Jerricho Cotchery. He dropped passes he never drops, struggled to stay healthy, and was overshadowed by the big plays of Braylon Edwards, Santonio Holmes, and Dustin Keller.
The reason for Cotchery’s struggles became apparent when it was revealed he played throughout most the season with a herniated disc in his back, which was operated on this past February. Nobody should be surprised by Cotchery’s toughness in playing through his injury, as he made this unforgettable catch during the Cleveland game last year:
Despite his regular season struggles, Cotchery came up biggest when it mattered the most with 5 receptions for 96 yards in the Jets playoff upset over the New England Patriots. He also added a touchdown in the AFC Championship Game to aid the Jets furious comeback attempt.
It is very likely the Jets are going to lose either Braylon Edwards or Santonio Holmes this off-season, opening a spot for Cotchery in the starting line-up and giving him more opportunities to make plays. He has always been a productive player for the Jets since entering the starting line-up in 2006, so with a healthy back in 2011, he should easily exceed his output from last season.
Cotchery isn’t a game breaker or a number one receiver but he is an ideal compliment to either Holmes or Edwards, with his reliability, and ability to find soft spots in the defense and then run after the catch.