The Jets made quite a splash when they acquired Santonio Holmes in the offseason. The Jets made similar headlines when they picked up Braylon Edwards from the Cleveland Browns last year.
The flash and physical abilities Holmes and Edwards bring to the table have been both impressive and necessary. But when it comes to consistency, look no further than Jerricho Cotchery. Cotchery isn’t the homerun hitter the other two are and his numbers are down this year, but time after time the seventh-year pro comes up with the catch at the right time.
Case in point Sunday’s 26-20 overtime victory over the Cleveland Browns. Facing a 3rd-and-6 with a little under seven minutes left in the fourth, Cotchery suffered a partial groin tear while making a break during a pass route. Cotchery initially pulled up limp during the play, but Mark Sanchez threw it to him anyway. Cotchery made the reception, an 8-yard play that resulted in a first down. Nick Folk capped the drive with a 25-yard field goal, which gave the Jets a 20-13 lead. Cotchery was helped off the field after the play. He hasn’t been ruled out of making the trip to Houston to play the Texans on Sunday.
“I was just trying to make a play for the team at that point in time,” Cotchery said. “I didn’t think Mark [Sanchez] was going to treat me like an available receiver at that point in time, but he directed traffic and gave me the opportunity to make it. I just tried to make the catch for him.”
It was the most impressive, and probably most important, play in regulation for the Jets (7-2). Aside from that, it was another example of the type of player Cotchery is. He could’ve easily fallen to the ground during the route. But he had the presence of mind to follow Sanchez’ movements and make the play.
“I was hobbling around out there and just saw Mark scramble out of the pocket, and I was like, ‘Don’t look at me,’ but he did,” Cotchery said. “He told me to slide the other way and I’m like, ‘I can’t’. He threw the ball and I just tried to make a play.”
Spoken like a true team player.