Breaking News:

Keep up with So Much Sports on Twitter @SoMuchSports

Jerricho Cotchery to visit with the Ravens

Jerricho Cotchery is a fine player but just not what the Ravens need.

I’ve been very vocal about my opinion that the Ravens need to add a veteran to the wide receiving corp. before the 2011 season starts.

Other than Anquan Boldin the Ravens have nobody with any sort of experience playing on Sundays, James Hardy tops the remaining group in career receptions with 10 and he’s not expected to be more than the fourth receiver after struggling to catch the ball in training camp.

With the free agency market really bare at this point the Ravens are looking at Jerricho Cotchery, who was recently released by the New York Jets after they signed Derrick Mason, to help bolster the position. He met with the Pittsburgh Steelers, is said to have drawn interest from the San Diego Chargers, and will be visiting the Ravens very soon.

But as much as the Ravens may need a veteran wide receiver the better move would be to pass on him and just go with their rookies. Before being dropped in the Jets depth chart last season Cotchery had more than 800 yards four-straight years from 2006 to 2009 with his best season coming in 2007 when he caught 82 passes for a career-high 1,130 yards.

But his numbers have gone down each of the past three years. In 2008 he had 858 yards before dropping to 821 yards in 2009 and only 433 yards last season from 41 catches, his lowest total since 2005, and two touchdowns.

With seven years in the league Cotchery is definitely experienced but he’s not a guy that can take the Ravens receiving corp. to the next level, they would probably be better off going with the big-play potential of Torrey Smith, who could prove to be one of the most explosive receivers in the NFL in a few years.

Cotchery is not explosive. He’s a solid receiver with reliable hands but he’s averaged more than 14 yards per catch only once in his career, bringing him aboard would be like bringing Mason back. He would give Joe Flacco a solid short-range option but he isn’t a player that will spread out the coverage, make his teammates better, or make a big explosive play; three things the Ravens need in the receiving corp. more than just a veteran presence.

The following two tabs change content below.

Corey Johns

Editor in Chief
You could say Corey was born to become a sports journalist. His father won a national championship coaching college soccer. His mother is a baseball fanatic who hasn't missed seeing an Orioles game since 1983 (literally, sometimes it's annoying). His great uncle was a big-time boxing promoter and his maternal grandfather was once a department head at the Baltimore Sun. Basically, sports and journalism run through his blood. He played just about every little league sports there was when he was a kid and was a multi-sport athlete in high school; even playing in the first-ever high school sanction Rugby game in the country. Eventually he retired from sports as an undefeated Maryland state Rugby champion as a high school senior. Perhaps lack of athletic talent has more to do with the retirement, but he will tell you that it more had to do with a great desire to jump right into media. Upon his graduation from University of Maryland, Baltimore County as a triple communications major, Corey started the So Much Sports network and has continued to grow his websites and continues to work to make them premier sports media outlets.

Comments are closed.