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News: Cotchery wrapped up his debut season in Carolina with 48 catches (on 78 targets) for 580 receiving yards and one touchdown in 15 games played.
Impact: Cotchery joined the Panthers last offseason after surprisingly going for 10 touchdowns in 2013 as the Steelers' No. 3 wideout. While Cotchery assumed Carolina's No. 2 receiver role upon signing with the team, his totals this season were still nearly identical to last season, excluding touchdowns. That's because along with the Panthers' preference to run around the goal line, the presence of red zone targets Greg Olsen and Kelvin Benjamin further precluded Cotchery from finding pay dirt. In short, Cotchery's 10-touchdown campaign appears to have been an anomaly, but the 32-year-old remains a serviceable third or fourth pass-catching option. With the Panthers expected to be in the market for further help at wide receiver, Cotchery's fantasy stock figures to be in a holding pattern as he mentors younger players at the position.