Jerricho Cotchery: Pressing Questions For The Jets' New Go-To-Guy

Pasquale GattiContributor IMay 20, 2009

HEMPSTEAD, NY - MARCH 06: Jerricho Cotchery poses at the Jets training facility at Hofstra University on March 06, 2007 in Hempstead, New York. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images

When Jerricho Cotchery was drafted by the New York Jets in the fourth round of the 2004 NFL Draft, it's doubtful that many fans believed he would someday become the team's number one receiver.

However, the guy known as "J-Co" is just that as he enters his sixth season in the green and white. Laveranues Coles' departure to Cincinnati in the off-season has allowed Cotchery to assume the role after three straight seasons as the team's number two.

Albeit, in 2008 Coles and Cotchery were pretty much receiver "1A" and "1B" as they finished with nearly identical stats catching passes from Brett Favre.

For his career, Cotchery has racked up 260 catches for 3,260 yards and 13 touchdowns.

It's been a long road from North Carolina State to the Jets' premier receiver, but Cotchery has embraced his challenges and relishes the opportunity to be the go-to-guy.



You were born with six fingers on your left hand. How did that affect you growing up and what does it mean to you today?

You had only 25 receptions your first two seasons combined. At any point, did you think you were not going to become an everyday receiver in the NFL? Did you have any doubts?

Going into the 2006 season, Justin McCareins was projected as the number two receiver. However, you overtook him during training camp. What clicked for you that offseason that propelled you into a starting role?

One of the most memorable plays of that season was your amazing touchdown catch and run against the Patriots in Week Two. A play where you were seemingly tackled, but jumped back up and took it the rest of the way. Can you take us through that sequence?

Where were you and what went through your mind when you heard that the Jets had traded for Brett Favre?

What went wrong for the New York Jets after the eight and three start last season?

You spent four seasons as a teammate of Laveranues Coles. What are some of the things you can take away from that and how much have you learned from him in terms of playing the receiver position?

Eric Mangini was fired at the end of last season due to the poor finish. Did you think it was justified and was there a disconnect between Mangini and the players?

What are your impressions of new coach Rex Ryan? What do you think he will bring to this New York Jets team?

You have caught most of your passes from Chad Pennington, Brett Favre, and Kellen Clemens. Compare and contrast the three quarterbacks. What have you enjoyed most about each of them?

The Jets traded up in the draft to select USC QB Mark Sanchez. What were you thinking when you heard that and what are your impressions of him?

Coach Ryan has stated that there will be an open competition at quarterback. How does that affect your preparation as a receiver when there is no clear cut number one guy at that position? 

Being a number one receiver means you are going to face the opposing team's best cornerback every game. What is one aspect of your game that you need to improve upon as you assume that number one role?

Can you tell us one thing most people may not know about Jerricho Cotchery?