Thursday, October 29, 2009
Jets offense could kick in with Cotchery
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
The New York Jets have missed Jerricho Cotchery.
"When J-Co was at practice the other day," Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer said. "I got a warm, fuzzy feeling."
For the first time since the Jets acquired Braylon Edwards three weeks ago, their top three receivers will be healthy and available Sunday against the Miami Dolphins at the Meadowlands.
Cotchery played in Edwards' first Jets appearance but essentially was a non-factor because of a hamstring injury. Cotchery caught one pass for 4 yards in a shootout loss to the Dolphins in Land Shark Stadium. Mark Sanchez targeted him twice.
Cotchery was inactive for the past two games, an overtime defeat to the Buffalo Bills and a shutout victory over the Oakland Raiders. But he still leads the Jets with 24 receptions for 360 yards and one touchdown.
"It's obviously always nice to see him out there," Schottenheimer said. "Matchup problems are the biggest thing. Jerricho's probably had the longest tenure in the system. ... We can move him around anywhere. We can put him in a bunch of different spots.
"You put the two guys [Cotchery and Edwards] on opposite sides and that creates problems. You have Dustin [Keller] inside. There is a confidence level in his ability to make plays and win one-on-one matchups. He's a terrific player that we are very happy to have back. He's champing at the bit."
Even with Cotchery back, head coach Rex Ryan doesn't see quicksilver third receiver David Clowney being marginalized in the offense.
"I don't think that’s going to happen anymore," Ryan said of Clowney's hit-or-miss involvement. "I think there's a lot of trust now. Our coaches believe that he's going to be where he's supposed to be. David is getting the mental part down.
"Obviously, he has the physical tools. David gives you a weapon that if you want to just play man-free coverage or single-high safety, then he can blow the roof off it. He's proven that. That's going to help us."