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Carolina Panthers’ Jerricho Cotchery: Exhibition production not a good indicator

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Jeff Siner - jsiner@charlotteobserver.com
Carolina Panthers wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery (82) listens to a question from the media following practice on Tuesday, August 26, 2014.

Carolina Panthers wide receiver Jerricho Cotchery says he doesn’t believe his lack of production – one catch for 8 yards – through three exhibitions is any indication of what the regular season will be like.

“It’s preseason. I’ve been through plenty of preseasons where I didn’t get the looks,” said Cotchery, who is in his 11th season. “In the preseason you just try to be clean and just get better as a player. You don’t put too much stock into as far as what your numbers look like. I’ve been around guys who catch 100 yards in the preseason and then the regular season comes and you’re wondering where the production is. It’s a focus of getting better in training camp.”

Cotchery has been targeted three times this preseason, with none coming Friday against the Patriots despite his 22 snaps.

“If you go back at look at the targets, that’s the big thing,” Rivera said. “How many targets were there? As long as there’s not 10 targets and one catch. Everything he and Jason Avant have done for us is exactly what we’re looking for.

“We’re looking for a very consistent football player, guys who run good routes, know where they need to be, handle things, control things and help in the classroom on and off the field. That’s what those two guys bring.”

Timing between Cotchery and Newton has been just off during training camp. Cotchery said he and Newton “haven’t been able to hit on a few routes” but doesn’t think that will be a problem once the season begins.

“I went through a whole offseason with (Anderson). The chemistry is there,” Cotchery said. “I feel that it’s there with Cam as well, because we’re putting in a lot of work. Every throw and every route isn’t going to be perfect in a game. We just have to keep pushing on and moving forward and we’ll start hitting those.”

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